|Born||February 1, 1945|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Died||November 29, 2019 (aged 74)|
Tehachapi, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Davis|
Ateneo de Manila University
University of the Pacific
Wyman was vice president of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade in 1976 when he first ran for California State Assembly from the Tehachapi-Palmdale based 34th District. He narrowly lost to Democratic incumbent Larry Chimbole but went on to defeat him two years later and served in the Assembly from 1978 until 1992, when he opted not to seek reelection and instead run for congress.
In 2000 Wyman ran again for Assembly in the 34th Assembly District, which consisted of the Mojave Desert portion of San Bernardino County (except for the Morongo valley), the eastern Kern County desert/mountains area and Inyo County. He defeated the city manager of Victorville to win the Republican nomination, and then easily won the November 2000 general election in a heavily Republican district.
In 2002, redistricting after the 2000 Census prompted Wyman to run in the new 36th Assembly District. He moved to a small apartment in Phelan (in the rural San Bernardino County desert) to qualify to run, which caused his political opponents to accuse him of being a carpetbagger. He narrowly lost the Republican primary to Sharon Runner of Lancaster, the wife of then-incumbent Assemblyman George Runner.
In 2006, he ran again for Assembly in the 36th Assembly District, based in Kern County, but lost the Republican primary.
The 25th Congressional district was created after the 1991 reapportionment and was centered on the new city of Santa Clarita in fast growing northern Los Angeles County. Wyman moved south from Tehachapi in Kern County to run for the new 25th. He narrowly lost the GOP primary to Santa Clarita mayor Buck McKeon, however.
State Senate racesEdit
Wyman bounced back less than a year later when he won a special election for the Fresno-based 16th state Senate district in 1993.
In 1994, despite huge Republican gains across the country, Wyman lost his state Senate seat to then Democratic Assemblyman Jim Costa (whom Wyman had defeated in the special election). He was the only Republican west of the Mississippi to be unseated. In 1996 he ran for a neighboring state Senate seat and lost the GOP primary again, this time to Palmdale area Assemblyman Pete Knight.
Through the years Wyman gained a reputation for moving around the area in order to run for office. He originally served as an Assemblyman from Tehachapi (in Kern County), moved south to run for congress in Los Angeles County in 1992, then won election to a state Senate seat in 1993 in Fresno County (north of Kern county) before losing a state Senate primary in 1996 in Los Angeles county again.
In 2000 Wyman made a comeback of sorts, winning his old 34th Assembly district. Two years later, however, he made a tactical error and decided to run for reelection in the neighboring 36th district instead. He was anticipating an opening in the state Senate in 2004, a district that was outside the boundaries of his 34th Assembly district, but within those of the 36th. His plans went awry when the 36th's incumbent, fellow Republican George Runner decided to back his wife (Sharon Runner), who actually lived within the district. Wyman narrowly lost the GOP primary, while his old 34th district was won by Republican Bill Maze, a Tulare County supervisor, who found himself unopposed after Wyman decided not to run here.
In 2014 Wyman was an unsuccessful candidate for California Attorney General, losing the GOP spot to former deputy state Attorney General Ronald Gold by just 1.2%.
In 2016, Wyman declared his candidacy in the race for the Senate seat from California being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer. In the June 7 primary, Wyman came in fourth in the overall field, with 247,397 total votes (4.9%), and thus was the second highest-performing Republican in the field, only behind George "Duf" Sundheim's 409,096 (8%).
On November 29, 2019, Wyman's death was announced by his son-in-law. He was 74 years old.
|1976||California State Assembly
|Larry Chimbole||44,154||50.6%||Phil Wyman||43,086||49.4%|
|1978||California State Assembly
|Larry Chimbole||36,928||45.7%||Phil Wyman||43,845||54.3%|
|1980||California State Assembly
|Gloria A. Dizmang||28,971||26.9%||Phil Wyman||78,649||73.1%|
|1982||California State Assembly
|1984||California State Assembly
|Cindy Shaw O'Connor||43,019||33.9%||Phil Wyman||83,936||66.1%|
|1986||California State Assembly
|Richard Dearborn||30,681||29.8%||Phil Wyman||72,220||70.2%|
|1988||California State Assembly
|Earl J. Wilson||41,998||29.3%||Phil Wyman||98,577||68.8%|
|1990||California State Assembly
|none||Phil Wyman||82,329||76.1%||Rich Tisbert||25,831||23.9%|
|1992||U.S House of Representatives
|James Gilmartin||67,687||33.3%||Buck McKeon 40%
Phil Wyman 38.5%
|1993||California State Senate
District 16 (special election)
|Jim Costa||43,807||47.3%||Phil Wyman||48,768||52.7%|
|1994||California State Senate
|Jim Costa||59,022||51.6%||Phil Wyman||56,867||48.4%|
|1996||California State Senate
|Steven Figueroa||81,962||33.4%||Jim Cox 15%
Pete Knight 46%
Phil Wyman 39%
|2000||California State Assembly
|Robert "Bob" Conway||40,968||34.2%||Phil Wyman||78,830||65.8%|
|2002||California State Assembly
|Robert Davenport||25,853||36.1%||Sharon Runner 39.6%
Phil Wyman 32.5%
|2004||California State Assembly
|Marvin Armas||35,130||21.3%||Kevin McCarthy 58.9%
Phil Wyman 22.5%
|2006||California State Assembly
|Maribel Vega||33,594||28.3%||Jean Fuller 55.6%
Phil Wyman 22.2%
|2010||California State Senate
|Michael J. Rubio||71,334||60.4%||Tim Thiesen 50.6%
Phil Wyman 49.4%
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- California Journal Vol. XXIII, No.7 (July 1992) "Complete Primary Results". StateNet Publications, July 1992.
- California Journal Vol. XXVII, No.5 (May 1996) "The 1996 Primary: The Endgame Begins". StateNet Publications, May 1996.
- California Journal Vol. XXVII, No.3 (March 1996) "Election '96". StateNet Publications, March 1996.
- California Journal Vol. XXXIII, No.10 (February 2002) "Special Election Issue: Complete Ballot Analysis". StateNet Publications, February 2002.
- "U.S. Senate - Statewide Results". California Secretary of State. June 8, 2016. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010.
- "Phil Wyman, former legislator known for conservative positions, dies at 74". Tehachapi News. November 29, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
- JoinCalifornia, Election History for the State of California
| Member of the California State Assembly
from the 34th district
| Member of the California State Assembly
from the 34th district
| Member of the California State
from the 16th district