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Daniel (Dan) Hamburg (born October 6, 1948) is an American politician and a former Democratic Party Congressman and 1998 Green Party gubernatorial candidate from California. He remains active in the Green Party.

Daniel Hamburg
Daniel Hamburg 103rd Congress 1993.jpg
Member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors
from the 5th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded byJ. David Colfax
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byFrank Riggs
Succeeded byFrank Riggs
Personal details
Born (1948-10-06) October 6, 1948 (age 70)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Political partyGreen[1]
Spouse(s)Carrie -stage name: Marietta Klenofsky (pianist)

Early lifeEdit

Hamburg was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Jean (Milton) and Walter Hamburg. His family was Jewish.[2] He attended Stanford University and graduated in 1971. He then lived in Ukiah, California, where he founded an alternative school and served on the city planning commission from 1976 to 1981. He also founded a cultural study program in China.

Political careerEdit

Hamburg served on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors from 1981 to 1985. In 1992, he was elected to California's 1st congressional district, beating incumbent Frank Riggs. While in Congress he was named one of People magazine's "sexiest people on the Hill" and as one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1993.[citation needed] In 1994, a national backlash against Democrats helped Riggs to defeat Hamburg in a rematch. Hamburg became a member of the Green Party; in 1998 he ran for California governor as a Green. He was the first Green Party of California candidate for Governor ever, and finished third among seven candidates with 104,117 votes for 1.3% of the total vote.[3] During the 2000 presidential election Hamburg backed Green presidential candidate Ralph Nader. In November 2010 Hamburg was elected for a second time to the 5th District seat on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.[4] Hamburg ran unopposed for a third term in June 2014.[5]


Hamburg became executive director of Voice of the Environment,[6] and on December 8, 2004, was arrested along with his wife Carrie for trying to deliver a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell concerning alleged voter fraud in Ohio in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.[citation needed]

Hamburg was arrested outside of a Wal-Mart store in Ukiah, California in 2000 while protesting for the legalization of marijuana.[7]

Hamburg has endorsed the religious teachings of Adi Da.[8]

Electoral historyEdit

California's 1st congressional district: Results 1992–1994[9]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Dan Hamburg 119,676 48% Frank D. Riggs 113,266 45% Phil Baldwin Peace and Freedom 10,764 4% Matthew L. Howard Libertarian 7,500 3%
1994 Dan Hamburg 93,717 47% Frank D. Riggs 106,870 53% *
Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1994, write-ins received 86 votes.
1998 California gubernatorial election
Candidate Party Votes %
Gray Davis Democratic 4,860,702 57.97
Dan Lungren Republican 3,218,030 38.36
Dan Hamburg Green 104,179 1.24
Steve W. Kubby Libertarian 73,845 0.88
Gloria Estela LaRiva Peace and Freedom 59,218 0.71
Nathan E. Johnson American Independent Party 37,964 0.45
Harold H. Bloomfield Natural Law 31,237 0.37

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Green Party Officeholders". Green Party of the United States. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
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  3. ^ "CA Secretary of State - Vote98". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder (November 23, 2010). "Election Summary Report: County of Mendocino". County of Mendocino. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Voice of the Environment". Archived from the original on 2004-11-27.
  7. ^ "Former Congressmen Arrested By Wal-Mart Manager For Protesting The Store Where A Decriminalization Petitioner Was Arrested Days Before". NORML. February 24, 2000. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Hamburg, Daniel (August 18, 2001). "Politics and Spirituality: A Personal Journey".
  9. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-08-08.

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