On This Day In 1982: Martinez Wins Special Calif. House Race

July 13, 1982:


State Assemblyman Matthew "Marty" Martinez (D) narrowly wins the California congressional seat vacated by Democrat George Danielson, who was appointed to the state court of appeals.

Martinez defeats Ralph Ramirez (R) with 51 percent of the vote.

In November, Martinez will face Rep. John Rousselot (R-26th), who was forced into the new 30th CD because of redistricting. Martinez will win, and will hold the seat until 2000, when he is ousted in the Democratic primary by Hilda Solis.

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