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John F. Seymour
United States Senator
from California

In office
January 7, 1991 – November 3, 1992[1]
Appointed by Pete Wilson
Preceded by Pete Wilson
Succeeded by Dianne Feinstein
Member of the California Senate

In office
Mayor of Anaheim

In office
Preceded by Bill Thom
Succeeded by Don Roth
Personal details
Born John Francis Seymour
December 3, 1937(1937-12-03) (age 84)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of California-Los Angeles
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1955-1959

John Francis Seymour (born December 3, 1937) is an American real estate investor and politician.

Seymour attended the public schools in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1962. Seymour was the President of the California Association of Realtors from 1978 to 1982, and worked in the real estate business from 1962 to 1981.

Seymour, a Republican, served Anaheim, California as a member of its City Council from 1974 to 1978, as the 39th Mayor of Anaheim from 1978 to 1982, and as a State Senator from 1982 to 1991.

As mayor of the city of Anaheim, Seymour was instrumental in recruiting the Los Angeles Rams to move to Anaheim Stadium.[2]

In 1991, Seymour was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Pete Wilson to serve in the seat Wilson had vacated to become governor. Seymour's appointment lasted until the 1992 special election to select a replacement who would serve until the normal expiration of Wilson's term in 1995. Former San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein defeated Seymour in the special election, so Seymour's term of office was January 7, 1991, until November 3, 1992. He is the most recent member of the Republican Party to serve as Senator from California.

After his Senate term, Seymour served as director of the California Housing Finance Agency for two years,[3] and later served as CEO of the nonprofit Southern California Housing Development Corporation and on the boards of directors of several housing-related companies including IndyMac Bank, Orange Coast Title Insurance, Los Angeles Federal Savings Bank, and Irvine Apartment Communities.[4] Seymour currently lives in Indian Wells.


  • John F. Seymour at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-03-31
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Thom
Mayor of Anaheim, California
Succeeded by
Don Roth
United States Senate
Preceded by
Pete Wilson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California
January 10, 1991 – November 10, 1992
Served alongside: Alan Cranston
Succeeded by
Dianne Feinstein
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pete Wilson
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 1)
Succeeded by
Michael Huffington

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