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Norman D. Shumway

This article concerns the American politician Norman D. Shumway. See Norman Shumway for the American heart surgeon.

Norman David Shumway (born July 28, 1934 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former California Republican politician.

Norman D. Shumway
Norman D. Shumway.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJohn J. McFall
Succeeded byJohn Doolittle
Personal details
Born (1934-07-28) July 28, 1934 (age 85)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Luana Schow
Alma materStockton College, (A.A., 1954)
University of Utah, (B.S., 1960)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, (J.D., 1963)

After moving to California, he was educated in the Stockton public school system. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Stockton College in 1954, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1960. Shumway received a J.D. degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1963.

Prior to entering public office, Shumway was a partner in a Stockton law firm. He taught legal courses at San Joaquin Delta College and at Humphreys College, and holds a lifetime California teaching credential. In 1974, then-Governor Ronald Reagan appointed him to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the Board in 1974 and in 1978. He was Vice chairman of the board in 1977 and chairman in 1978.

In November 1978, Shumway, a Republican, was elected to the United States House of Representatives from California's 14th congressional district, defeating incumbent Democrat John J. McFall. He won reelection five times but chose not to seek for re-election in 1990.[1] A post office building in Stockton was named for him.[2]

As a member of the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Shumway served as the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization. He was also a member of the Subcommittee on International Trade, Investment and Monetary Policy. As a member of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Shumway served as the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Oceanography. He further served as a member of the House Select Committee on Aging. During his years in Congress, Shumway was one of only two members of the House of Representatives who were fluent in spoken Japanese. Consequently, he was selected many times to lead delegations of his colleagues to Japan to meet with representatives of Japanese government, industry and education. He participated in many forums and seminars, in both the United States and Japan, dealing with trade conflicts, defense issues, and the U.S.-Japan relationship in general. He was asked by President Ronald Reagan to represent him at the funeral of former Prime Minister Takeo Miki. Shumway was active in promoting several parliamentary exchanges between Diet members and members of the US Congress, and helped to host Diet members as they visited the United States. He has traveled extensively in Japan, and remains a student of Japanese culture.

After retiring from Congress, Shumway was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Public Utilities Commission for the State of California.[3] He served as a Commissioner for four years. Governor Wilson then appointed him to the California Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority, where he served for one year as a parole board member.

President George H. W. Bush appointed Shumway to the Board of Directors of Legal Services Corporation. He has also served on the boards of U.S. English, Goodwill Industries of America and Omniplex, Ltd. He was a member of the Board of Visitors of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University from 1989 to 1991. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and is a member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers. Boy Scouts of America and numerous volunteer associations have honored him.

Shumway has been active as a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary to Japan from 1954 to 1958, and as a bishop of the church from 1969 to 1974. He has been a seminary instructor, high priest group leader, gospel doctrine teacher, ward organist, high councilman and a counselor in a stake presidency. From 1996 to 1999 he was president of the Japan Hiroshima Mission. In 2000–2001 he was the Public Affairs Director for the Asia North Area, stationed in Tokyo. He and his wife were Hosting Directors for the Church from 2002 through 2005. From 2006 to 2008 they served as Church representatives to the United Nations in New York City. They served in the Boston Massachusetts Mission from 2010 to 2012, where they were proselyting and leadership support missionaries. Shumway served as first counselor in the Lynnfield Ward ward bishopric while a missionary and his wife taught early morning seminary. During 2013 and 2014, the Shumways served a mission in the Japan Tokyo Temple.

Shumway presently serves as president of Mikuni International College, located in Yuzawa and Kyoto, Japan.

In October 2009 Shumway published his 570-page autobiography, Times and Seasons of Norman D. Shumway. He presently is working with his cousin, Bob Owens, in compiling and editing Pioneer Life in Shumway, Arizona.

In 1960, Shumway married the former Luana Schow. They have six children, thirty-six grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Their home is in Bountiful, Utah.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Norman D. Shumway (id: S000393)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • California Public Utilities Commission statement
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. McFall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Doolittle