Steve Horn

Steve Horn
3rd President of California State University, Long Beach
In office
August 1, 1970  February 13, 1988
Preceded by Carl W. McIntosh
Succeeded by Curtis McCray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 38th district
In office
January 3, 1993  January 3, 2003
Preceded by Bob Dornan
Succeeded by Grace Napolitano
Personal details
Born (1931-05-31)May 31, 1931
San Juan Bautista, California, U.S.
Died February 17, 2011(2011-02-17) (aged 79)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nini Moore Horn
Children Marcia and Steve, Jr.
Alma mater Stanford University (A.B.)
Harvard University (M.P.A.)
Stanford University (Ph.D.)
Profession Professor

John Stephen "Steve" Horn (May 31, 1931 – February 17, 2011) was President of California State University, Long Beach and later a Republican United States Congressman from California.

Early life

Horn was born on May 31, 1931 in San Juan Bautista, California, Horn served in the United States Army Reserves from 1954 until 1962.

Horn earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1953 and went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from Harvard's Graduate School of Public Administration in 1955. In 1958 he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.[1]

Government service

In 1959, Horn became administrative assistant to Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell. In 1960, he went to work for then U.S. Senator Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) as a legislative assistant and served in that capacity until 1966, when he left to become a Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Horn played a major role in the 1964 presidential campaign of Nelson Rockefeller in California. He also served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1969 to 1980 and as a member of the National Institute of Corrections from 1972 until 1988 (serving as chairman from 1984 until 1987).[1]

University president

Horn was President of California State University Long Beach from 1970 until 1988 when he stepped down to run for Congress.[2]

As President of CSULB, Horn reformed the university's graduation and general education requirements to emphasize learning skills, cultural literacy, and interdisciplinary education, as well as creating the first university and human resource opportunities course requirement in the United States. Horn also gained passage of legislation allowing California's senior citizens to take courses for reduced fees on all 23 campuses of the California State University. Horn established one of America's first programs for women returning to college. He also created the CSULB Disabled Resources Center, which served as a model to institutions across the United States. Horn led the university through 11 major construction projects, including the North Campus Center and buildings for Engineering/Computer Science, Social Science/Public Affairs, and Student Services Administration.[3]

Congressional service

Horn first ran for Congress in 1988 in a race to succeed Republican Dan Lungren but lost the primary to conservative Dana Rohrabacher.[2]

After the 1991 reapportionment, he wound up in the Long Beach-based 38th district then held by veteran Democratic incumbent Glenn M. Anderson. When Anderson announced his retirement in 1992, Horn jumped into the race to succeed him. He narrowly won an 8-way Republican primary before beating Anderson's stepson, then Long Beach city councilman Evan Anderson Braude, in the general election.[4]

A moderate, Horn won his Democratic-leaning district with relative ease four more times: In 1994 he rode the Republican tide to an easy victory over a weak opponent; In 1996 his reelection was eased when he became the only Republican west of the Mississippi River to be endorsed by the Sierra Club;[5] In 1998 he once again bested his 1994 foe; In 2000 he had his closest race, beating Democrat Gerrie Schipske by less than 1 percent.

After the 2001 reapportionment, Democrats in the California legislature eliminated his district and re-drew it with a more Democratic edge.[6] Horn subsequently announced his retirement and did not seek reelection in 2002. He did, however, give a surprise endorsement to Democrat Hector De La Torre, who ran to succeed Horn in the re-drawn seat (now numbered 39) and finished second to Linda T. Sanchez in the Democratic primary.[1]

In 2003, Project on Government Oversight, a government watchdog group, awarded Horn with its first ever Good Government Award for his contributions to government transparency and oversight, particularly his advocacy for public access to government information.[7]


Horn died on February 17, 2011, at the age of 79, of complications from Alzheimer's Disease.[8]

Electoral history

Member, U.S. House of Representatives: 1993–2003
Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1988 U.S House of Representatives
District 42
Guy Kimbrough 78,772 33% Steve Horn 20%
Dana Rohrabacher 35%
Harriet Wieder 22%
153,280 64%
1992 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Evan Anderson Braude 41%
Peter Mathews 27%
Ray O'Neil 12%
Bill Glazewski 11%
82,108 43% Dennis Brown 29%
Steve Horn 30%
Ted Poe 13%
92,038 49%
1994 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 53,681 37% Steve Horn 85,225 59%
1996 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 49%
Rick Zbur 51%
71,627 43% Steve Horn 88,136 53%
1998 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Peter Mathews 59,767 43% Steve Horn 71,386 52%
2000 U.S House of Representatives
District 38
Erin Gruwell 29%
Peter Mathews 26%
Gerrie Schipske 32%
85,498 48% Steve Horn 87,266 48%
2002 U.S House of Representatives
District 39
Hector De La Torre 29%
Sally Havice 19%
Linda T. Sanchez 33%
51,128 55% Tim Escobar 38,264 41%


  1. 1 2 3 Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2009). "Steve Horn, Republican". Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  2. 1 2 California Journal Vol. XIX, No.5 (May 1988) "Campaign '88". StateNet Publications, May 1988.
  3. "Board of Trustees for California State University (CSU) Approves Naming of Building at Cal State Long Beach for Former President Stephen Horn, Wife". California State University. January 31, 2003.
  4. California Journal Vol. XXI, No.12 (December 1992) "Election Results". StateNet Publications, December 1992.
  5. California Journal Vol. XXVII, No.10 (October 1996) "Election 1996". StateNet Publications, October 1996.
  6. California Journal Vol. XXXIII, No.10 (January 2002) "Redrawing California". StateNet Publications, January 2002.
  7. Good Government Award Home Page. Project On Government Oversight Website. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  8. "Former Long Beach Congressman Steve Horn dead at 79". Press-Telegram. February 17, 2011.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Carl W. McIntosh
President of California State University, Long Beach
August 1, 1970 – February 13, 1988
Succeeded by
Curtis McCray
United States House of Representatives
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Dornan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 38th congressional district

January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Grace Napolitano
Preceded by
Theodore M. Hesburgh
Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Acting)
Succeeded by
Arthur Sherwood Flemming

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