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Andrew J. Hinshaw
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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Bob Wilson
Succeeded by Robert Badham
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Charles E. Wiggins
Personal details
Born (1923-08-04)August 4, 1923
Dexter, Missouri
Died January 21, 2016(2016-01-21) (aged 92)
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Southern California
USC Law School

Andrew Jackson Hinshaw (August 4, 1923 – January 21, 2016) was an American politician who served as a Congressman for California between 1973 and 1977.[1] In 1977 he was convicted of accepting bribes from the Tandy Corporation in his previous job as Orange County, California assessor.


Hinshaw was born in Dexter, Missouri and attended public schools in Michigan and Los Angeles, California. He was in the Navy in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Southern California in 1950 and attended the USC Law School.

Hinshaw worked for 10 years for the California State Board of Equalization and five years for the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. He entered politics as the Assessor of Orange County, California, serving from 1965 to 1972. This had been a controversial office and there had been calls from Orange County grand juries to change the extremely lenient treatment given to large landowners. This was Hinshaw's pledge, which he achieved. Hinshaw was convicted of accepting bribes while Assessor of Orange County. He served one year in prison in 1977.[2]

In 1972 Hinshaw entered the Republican primary for California's 39th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. The district, which had been the 35th District prior to redistricting, was represented by outspoken conservative John Schmitz. Hinshaw, considered a moderate Republican by Orange County standards, was personally recruited by President Richard Nixon, whose home in San Clemente was in the district after Schmitz suggested that Nixon should not have returned from his 1972 visit to China.

Hinshaw scored a considerable upset in the Republican primary election, narrowly defeating Schmitz by 2.7 percentage points. This was tantamount to election in what has long been considered the most Republican district in California. Hinshaw was reelected in 1974 but was defeated in the 1976 primary by State Assemblyman Robert Badham, who won the general election.

Hinshaw died on January 21, 2016 at the age of 92.[3]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 39th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles E. Wiggins
Preceded by
Bob Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 40th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert E. Badham

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