CONSERVATIVE ICON MARIAN BERGESON ENDORSES JEFF FERGUSON FOR OC JUDGE
Marian Bergeson, who swept through Orange County and California politics from the mid-1960’s through the late 1990’s, endorses Jeff Ferguson for Orange County juddge. Ferguson is a Senior Deputy District Attorney who has served as a prosecutor for over thirty years.
“Mrs. Bergeson has accomplished so much in her decades of public service; she is less a politician and more a stateswoman. I am honored by her endorsement,” said Ferguson.
The first woman to ever serve in both the California Assembly and State Senate, she began her political career in 1964 when she was elected to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education. Her conservative message was enormously popular, and she was elected to the 74th Assembly District by nearly 75% of the vote. She served three terms in the Assembly and then was elected to the California State Senate for the 37th District where she served two terms, then got her third term when the district was renumbered the 35th District.
Bergeson then ran for Orange County Supervisor for the 5th District and pulled in 98% of the vote. She later resigned that seat to return to her roots, and was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson as Secretary of Education. A staunch supporter of education and the advancement of
women in conservative politics, she was one of the founders of the influential California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA), from whose ranks many strong women politicians have risen.