Curt Pringle

Curt Pringle

Curt Pringle
Pringle in 2008
44th Mayor of Anaheim, California
In office
December 3, 2002 – December 7, 2010
Preceded by Tom Daly
Succeeded by Tom Tait
61st Speaker of the
California State Assembly
In office
January 4, 1996 – November 30, 1996
Preceded by Brian Setencich
Succeeded by Cruz Bustamante
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 68th district
In office
December 7, 1992 – November 30, 1998
Preceded by Steve Clute
Succeeded by Ken Maddox
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 72nd district
In office
December 5, 1988 – November 30, 1990
Preceded by Dick Longshore
Succeeded by Tom Umberg
Personal details
Born (1959-06-27) June 27, 1959
Emmetsburg, Iowa, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alexis
Children Kyle, Katie
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach

Curtis L. "Curt" Pringle (born June 27, 1959) is a politician from the U.S. state of California. He is the last Republican to serve as the Speaker of the California State Assembly and is also the longest-serving Republican Speaker in the last 45 years. He is a former Mayor of Anaheim and a former Chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority. Today, he runs his own public relations and government affairs firm, Curt Pringle & Associates.


  • Early political career 1
  • California State Assembly 2
  • Curt Pringle & Associates, LLC 3
  • Mayor of Anaheim 4
  • Education and teaching career 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Electoral history 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early political career

As a young man, Pringle ran, unsuccessfully, three times for a seat on the Republican Party. In 1988, the Republican nominee for Pringle's Assembly district, freshman incumbent Assemblyman Dick Longshore, died the day after the June primary election, and under California law the central committee members were charged with selecting a replacement. They chose Pringle.

In his first campaign for the state assembly, the OC Republican Party hired a security guard firm to protect against illegal voting by undocumented aliens.Some claimed this was an effort to scare Hispanic voters. The FBI investigated and although no charges were filed Pringle and the local GOP agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit. Articles about this issue appeared in the LA Times, October 1998.

California State Assembly

Pringle took office as a state assemblyman in December 1988 at the age of 29. In 1990, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Tom Umberg, but after legislative district lines were drawn between Pringle and Umberg's houses following the 1990 census, Pringle ran again for the Assembly in 1992 and won. Pringle worked his way up the Republican hierarchy, and in 1996, after a protracted power struggle between Republicans and former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, he was elected Speaker of the Assembly. According to Brown, Pringle was the last Speaker to wield broad power in that office, since rule changes immediately after Pringle's tenure transferred much of the Speaker's authority to committee chairmen. Pringle, for example, issued committee assignments to both parties' members, controlled State Assembly funds, and had broad administrative authority. As Speaker, Pringle also chaired the Assembly Rules Committee.

Curt Pringle & Associates, LLC

After losing to Phil Angelides in the 1998 race for California State Treasurer, Pringle launched a government affairs, public relations, and entitlement firm, Curt Pringle & Associates, LLC, where he is currently President. His firm's clients have included ARCO, the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, Yamaha, and Jack in the Box.

Curt Pringle and Associates is officed in Anaheim.

Pringle was also appointed in 1998 by Governor Pete Wilson to the Orange County Fair Board, where he served for four years.

He was also appointed in 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Public Employees Post Employment Benefits Commission and to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, serving four and a half years, including two years as Chairman of the Authority.

Pringle served from 2010 until 2015 as Chairman of the Orange County Taxpayers Association.

Mayor of Anaheim

In 2002, Pringle re-entered electoral politics with his campaign for Mayor of Anaheim, California, the tenth-most populous city in the state. Pringle won a multi-candidate race, with 36% of the vote, finishing 7% ahead of his nearest competitor, Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille King (29%). During his tenure as mayor, Pringle and the Anaheim City Council over which he presided enacted a number of reforms that The Orange County Register depicted as "freedom-friendly." According to the Los Angeles Times, "Pringle has built such a strong reputation for his aggressive pro-business approach to governance (creative tax waivers, sweeping zone changes, market incentives to redevelop run-down parts of the city) that other local officials have coined a verb for his philosophy: 'to Pringle-ize.'"[1]

Although in Anaheim, the Mayor is technically just primus inter pares among fellow city council members, Pringle was an active Mayor, governing with majority support on the city council. Pringle led the effort to transform the area surrounding Angel Stadium and Honda Center (formerly the Arrowhead Pond) into the Platinum Triangle, which is meant to be Orange County's "downtown". He was also the public face for the city as it courted the National Football League for a football franchise and fought the Angels baseball club over its name change from "Anaheim Angels" to "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim."

Pringle was also seen occasionally with mayors of other major California cities when they traveled to Sacramento to collectively lobby the Governor and California State Legislature. He has a good relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and former Speaker of the Assembly, whom he knows from their years together in Sacramento, and Pringle even hosted a fundraiser for Villaraigosa's unsuccessful 2001 bid for L.A. Mayor (Villaraigosa eventually made a successful bid in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009).

Pringle was also a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors.

In August 2006, the Los Angeles Times's West magazine named Pringle as one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California. And the OC Metro magazine listed Pringle in their Hot 25 for 2006.[2]

Pringle faced only nominal opposition for a second term as mayor, after his chief critic on the city council, Harry Sidhu, endorsed him. Pringle raised nearly half a million dollars for his re-election bid, as opposed to his nominal opponent, William Fitzgerald, who raised very little.[3] On November 7, Pringle was re-elected with 79% of the vote, the highest percentage of any local candidate in OC who faced opposition in 2006.

Education and teaching career

Pringle earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach.

In addition to his political work, Pringle has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine and Chapman University, where he has taught California politics and government.

Pringle currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University in Burbank, California.

Personal life

Pringle was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, but moved with his family to California and settled in Garden Grove at the age of nine in 1968. For much of his adult life he lived in Garden Grove, which is adjacent to Anaheim. He has been married to his wife Alexis since 1984, with whom he has two children (Kyle and Katie).

Electoral history

  • 2006 General Election for Mayor of Anaheim
    • Curt Pringle, 41,449 - 79.0%
    • William Fitzgerald, 11,004 - 21.0%
  • 2002 General Election for Mayor of Anaheim
    • Curt Pringle, 16,146 - 35.9%
    • Lucille Kring, 12,142 - 27.0%
    • Frank Feldhaus, 9,783 - 21.7%
    • Steve Staveley, 6,928 - 15.4%
  • 1998 General Election for State Treasurer
    • Phil Angelides (D), 4,164,708 - 52.7%
    • Curt Pringle (R), 3,158,624 - 39.9%
    • Jon Petersen (L), 183,356 - 2.4%
    • Carlos Aguirre (NL), 172,711 - 2.1%
    • Jan Tucker (P&F), 146,167 - 1.8%
    • Edmon Kaiser (AI), 91,764 - 1.1%
  • 1998 Republican Primary Election for State Treasurer
    • Curt Pringle (R), 1,493,608 - 62.2%
    • Jan Goldsmith (R), 907,395 - 37.8%
  • 1996 General Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 56,493 - 58.7%
    • Audrey Gibson (D), 39,754 - 41.3%
  • 1996 Republican Primary Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 24,469 - 100.0%
  • 1994 General Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 51,977 - 63.3%
    • Irv Pickler (D), 30,184 - 36.7%
  • 1994 Republican Primary Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 20,848 - 100.0%
  • 1992 General Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 61,615 - 57.1%
    • Linda Kay Rigney (D), 46,222 - 42.9%
  • 1992 Republican Primary Election for State Assembly, 68th District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 17,346 - 60.9%
    • Joy Neugebauer (R), 6,313 - 22.1%
    • Rhonda McCune (R), 4,840 - 17.0%
  • 1990 General Election for State Assembly, 72nd District
    • Tom Umberg (D), 25,247 - 51.9%
    • Curt Pringle (R), 23,411 - 48.1%
  • 1988 General Election for State Assembly, 72nd District
    • Curt Pringle (R), 34,037 - 50.6%
    • Rick Thierbach (D), 33,194 - 49.4%


  1. ^ "The West 100".  
  2. ^ "The Hottest 25 People in Orange County".  
  3. ^ "Pringle runs against council critic".  

External links

  • Biography from Curt Pringle & Associates, LLP
California Assembly
Preceded by
Dick Longshore
California State Assemblyman
72nd District
December 5, 1988 – November 30, 1990
Succeeded by
Tom Umberg
Preceded by
Steve Clute
California State Assemblyman
68th District
December 7, 1992 – November 30, 1998
Succeeded by
Ken Maddox
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Brulte
California State Assembly Republican Leader
August 22, 1995 – January 4, 1996
Succeeded by
Jim Rogan
Preceded by
Jim Rogan
California State Assembly Republican Leader
December 2, 1996 – June 17, 1997
Succeeded by
Bill Leonard
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Setencich
Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 4, 1996 – November 30, 1996
Succeeded by
Cruz Bustamante
Preceded by
Tom Daly
Mayor of Anaheim, California
December 3, 2002 – December 7, 2010
Succeeded by
Tom Tait