MARIPOSA, CA – – Today, former U.S. Representative George Radanovich announced his candidacy for the California State Senate in the new 4th district which stretches from Nevada County south to Inyo County and includes Radanovich’s home county of Mariposa.
“This is the district where I was born, lived and farmed and where my family started a business in 1955. Over the last several weeks I have heard from community leaders urging me to run because our district needs a State Senator who understands the agricultural, resource and recreational based economy of our district and who has the proven ability to get things done,” said Radanovich who cited water, the economy, transportation and infrastructure and public safety as key issues facing rural California.
George Radanovich is a native of a Mariposa County farm family and a former member of Congress. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In 1982 George began growing grapes in Mariposa County and in 1986 he opened the Radanovich Winery, the first winery in the region. He was the first winemaker to serve in Congress since Thomas Jefferson.
George served as a member of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1992. In 1994 George ran for Congress, defeating entrenched Incumbent Democrat Richard Lehman by 17 points. Radanovich was elected President of the 74-member freshman class of Republicans.
In Congress, George served as a key member of the Resources Committee, Chairman of the National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Subcommittee, Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee, Chairman of the Western Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Water Caucus and Wine Caucus. He served in Congress from 1994 to 2010, becoming a leading advocate for California’s agricultural, resources and recreational communities. He voluntarily retired from Congress in 2010.
After leaving Congress, George served as Chairman of the Board of a small family retail business founded by parents in 1955. In 2016 George become President of the California Fresh Fruit Association. He left that position in 2019.