Pete Stark is confirmed dead at the age of 88.
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Pete Stark
Pete Stark.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byGeorge P. Miller
Succeeded byEric Swalwell (Redistricting)
Constituency8th district (1973–1975)
9th district (1975–1993)
13th district (1993–2013)
Personal details
Born
Fortney Hillman Stark Jr.

(1931-11-11)November 11, 1931
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedJanuary 24, 2020(2020-01-24) (aged 88)
Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Carolyn Layton nee Wente (div. 1989–1991)
Deborah Roderick
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
University of California, Berkeley (M.B.A.)
ProfessionBanker
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceAir Force
Years of service1955–1957
Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark Jr. (November 11, 1931 – January 24, 2020) was an American businessman and politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 2013. A Democrat from California, Stark's district—California's 13th congressional district during his last two decades in Congress—was in southwestern Alameda County and included Alameda, Union City, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Fremont (his residence during the early part of his tenure), as well as parts of Oakland and Pleasanton. At the time he left office in 2013, he was the fifth most senior Representative, as well as sixth most senior member of Congress overall. He was also the dean of California's 55-member Congressional delegation, and the only open atheist in Congress.
After 2010 redistricting, Stark's district was renumbered as the 15th district for the 2012 election. He narrowly finished first in the primary ahead of fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell, and lost to Swalwell in the general election. He was the second-longest serving U.S. Congressman, after Jack Brooks (D-Texas, 1994), to lose a general election.
Contents
1 Early life, education, and banking career
2 U.S. House of Representatives
2.1 Elections
2.2 Tenure
2.3 Fiscal policy
2.4 Health care
2.5 Iraq War
2.6 Atheism
2.7 Committee assignments
3 Controversies
3.1 Controversial statements
3.2 Real estate taxes
4 Electoral history
5 Death
6 References
7 External links
Early life, education, and banking career
Stark was born on November 11, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Dorothy M. (Mueller) and Fortney Hillman Stark. He was of German and Swiss descent. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1957. After leaving the Air Force, Stark attended the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MBA in 1960. Stark bought a home in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 1988, and spent most of his time there in the latter part of his congressional tenure. However, he continued to claim a house in Fremont as his official residence, and visited his Bay Area district twice a month. Following his retirement from public office, he remained in Maryland.
In 1963, Stark founded Security National Bank, a small bank in Walnut Creek. Within 10 years it grew into a wealthy company with branches across Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Stark grew up as a Republican, but his opposition to the Vietnam War led him to switch parties in the mid-1960s. He printed checks with peace signs on them and placed a giant peace sign on the roof of his bank's headquarters. In 1971, Stark was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.
U.S. House of Representatives
Elections
In 1972, Stark ran in the Democratic primary against 14-term incumbent U.S. Representative George Paul Miller of Alameda in what was then the 8th district. Stark, then 41 years old, claimed that the octogenarian Miller had been in Congress too long. He stated, "Miller entered the House in 1945 ... 28 years ago." He won the Democratic primary with 56% of the vote, a 34-point margin. In the 1972 general election, he defeated Republican Lew Warden with 53% of the vote. He would not face another contest nearly that close until 2012, and was re-elected 18 times. He only dropped below 60 percent of the vote twice (1980 and 1990). In 1980, he won with just 54%, and in 1990 he won with 58% of the vote. Due to redistricting, his district had changed numbers twice, from the 8th (1973–75) to the 9th (1975–93) to the 13th (1993–2013).
He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 election and was re-elected in the general election with 76.3% of the vote.
He faced his first Democratic challenger in 2010, and the challenger showed weakening support for Stark, gathering 16% of the primary votes without any endorsements.
In the 2012 elections, Stark's district was renumbered as the 15th District. Because of California's new nonpartisan blanket primary, which allows the general election to be contested by the two highest vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, his opponent in the general election was Dublin city councilman Eric Swalwell, a fellow Democrat almost 50 years his junior; Swalwell was born shortly after Stark's re-election to his fifth term in Congress in the 1980 election. During the campaign, the Stark campaign circulated a flyer accusing Swalwell of being a Tea Party candidate–an accusation knocked down by both Swalwell and the San Jose Mercury News. In the general election, Swalwell narrowly defeated Stark by just under 10,000 votes.
Tenure
At 40 years (as of the end of service on January 3, 2013), Stark had been the longest-serving member of Congress from California, serving continuously from January 3, 1973 through January 3, 2013. The Hayward Area Historical Society will be the repository of Stark's papers from his tenure.
Fiscal policy
Stark voted against the bipartisan May 2008 farm subsidy bill, which was supported by most House Democrats and over half of House Republicans, in part because of its cost.
He also voted against both readings of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which gave $700 billion dollars to troubled investment banks. Stark argued that "the proposed bailout will only help reckless speculators who have been caught on the wrong side of the come line." Criticizing the bill as corporate welfare, he said "The bill before us today is basically the same three-page Wall Street give-away first put forth by President Bush" before the vote on the first bailout.
On October 3, 2008, Stark voted against HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. With this vote, Stark became the sole member of the House of Representatives from the San Francisco Bay Area to oppose the bill. Explaining his vote, Stark stated, "You're getting the same kind of misinformation now, the same kind of rush to judgment to tell you that a crisis will occur. It won't. Vote 'no.' Come back and help work on a bill that will help all Americans."
Health care
Stark is known to have a longstanding interest in health care issues and was critical of the fate of the uninsured under the George W. Bush administration. With
John Conyers, in April 2006, Stark brought an action against President Bush and others alleging violations of the Constitution in the passing of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which cut Medicaid payments. The case, Conyers v. Bush, was ultimately dismissed for lack of standing in November of the same year.
In 1985 Stark became Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee with jurisdiction over Medicare and national health insurance proposals. Over the years, he used Budget Reconciliation bills to add amendments to impact health care. An amendment to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 required many employers to offer continuation health insurance coverage in many different situations (divorce, separation from employment, etc.) Over the years, tens of millions of Americans have used this COBRA law to continue health coverage. In 1986, he led in amending that year's budget bill to provide EMTALA--Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act--a law that requires hospitals to treat and stabilize persons presenting in their ER rooms with emergency conditions or in active labor, regardless of the person's insurance status or ability to pay. In 1988, Stark introduced an "Ethics in Patient Referrals Act" bill concerning physician self-referrals. Some of the ideas in the bill became law as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. In specific, what is referred to as "Stark I" prohibited a physician referring a Medicare patient to a clinical laboratory if the physician or his/her family member has a financial interest in that laboratory. It was codified in the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1395nn (42 U.S.C. 1395nn, "Limitation on certain physician referrals").
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 contained what is known as "Stark II" amendments to the original law. "Stark II" extended the "Stark I" provisions to Medicaid patients and to DHS other than clinical laboratory services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued rules in the Federal Register to implement Stark Law, including a 2001 "Phase I" final rule, a 2004 "Phase II" interim final rule, and a 2007 "Phase III" final rule.
Over the years, Stark worked with others (notably his Republican counterpart, Bill Gradison (Ohio), and Representatives Henry Waxman, George Miller, and Senator Edward Kennedy) to advance health improvement ideas. Stark led in introducing bills to allow more people to buy into Medicare at an earlier age, to expand Medicare by allowing all infants to enroll in Medicare, and to provide a prescription drug benefit in Medicare. In his work on the Clinton health insurance proposals of 1993, Stark developed, and continued to promote the basic ideas now seen in Obamacare and in various Medicare for Americans ideas: all Americans should have good, basic health insurance; if they don't have such coverage, they should buy it, and if they can't afford it, they should get help to make it affordable. The ideas he advanced are at the core of the on-going health debate in America.
Iraq War
Pete Stark speaks at a Town Hall meeting in January 2007 in San Leandro, California.
Stark was an early opponent of the Iraq War, speaking on the floor against the resolution authorizing military force against Iraq, on October 10, 2002. In part, he said: Well then, who will pay? School kids will pay. There'll be no money to keep them from being left behind—way behind. Seniors will pay. They'll pay big time as the Republicans privatize Social Security and rob the Trust Fund to pay for the capricious war. Medicare will be curtailed and drugs will be more unaffordable. And there won't be any money for a drug benefit because Bush will spend it all on the war. Working folks will pay through loss of job security and bargaining rights. Our grandchildren will pay through the degradation of our air and water quality. And the entire nation will pay as Bush continues to destroy civil rights, women's rights and religious freedom in a rush to phony patriotism and to courting the messianic Pharisees of the religious right.
In January 2003 Stark supported a reinstatement of the draft, partly in protest against the call to war but also saying, "If we're going to have these escapades, we should not do it on the backs of poor people and minorities." In October 2004, he was one of only two members of Congress to vote in favor of the Universal National Service Act of 2003 (HR 163), a bill proposing resumption of the military draft.
He did not vote for any bills to continue funding the Iraq war, but voted 'present' for some. In a statement posted on his website he explained, "Despite my utmost respect for my colleagues who crafted this bill, I can't in good conscience vote to continue this war. Nor, however, can I vote 'No' and join those who think today's legislation goes too far toward withdrawal. That's why I'm making the difficult decision to vote 'present'." Stark was the only member of Congress to take this position.
Atheism
" a Unitarian who does not believe in a Supreme Being. I look forward to working with the Secular Coalition to stop the promotion of narrow religious beliefs in science, marriage contracts, the military and the provision of social service."
Statement from Stark, January 2007
Stark was the first openly atheist member of Congress, as announced by the Secular Coalition for America. Stark acknowledged that he was an atheist in response to an SCA questionnaire sent to public officials in January 2007.
On September 20, 2007, Stark reaffirmed that he was an atheist by making a public announcement in front of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, the Harvard Law School Heathen Society, and various other atheist, agnostic, secular, humanist, and nonreligious groups. The American Humanist Association named him their 2008 Humanist of the Year, and he served on the AHA Advisory Board. On February 9, 2011, Stark introduced a bill to Congress designating February 12, 2011, as Darwin Day as a culmination of collaboration between Stark and the American Humanist Association. The resolution states, "Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement ... and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity."
Stark served on the Advisory Board of the Secular Coalition for America.
Committee assignments
Committee on Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Health (Ranking Member)
Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
Caucuses
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Associate Member)
International Conservation Caucus
Controversies
Controversial statements
On October 18, 2007, Stark made the following comments on the House floor during a debate with Congressman Joe Barton of Texas: Republicans sure don't care about funding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement.
Following the initial criticism to his statements, when asked by a radio station if he would take back any of his statements, Stark responded "Absolutely not. I may have dishonored the Commander-in-Chief, but I think he's done pretty well to dishonor himself without any help from me." The same day, his office also issued a press release, saying in part: I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform and wish them the very best. But I respect neither the Commander-in-Chief who keeps them in harms way nor the chickenhawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care.
Five days later on October 23, after the House voted down a censure resolution against Stark sponsored by Minority Leader John Boehner, he said: I apologize for this reason: I think we have serious issues before us, the issue of providing medical care to children, the issue about what we're going to do about a war that we're divided about how to end.
Other controversies include singling out "Jewish colleagues" for blame for the Persian Gulf War and referring to Congressman Stephen Solarz of New York (who co-sponsored the Gulf War Authorization Act) as "Field Marshal Solarz in the pro-Israel forces." in 1991. In 1995, during a private meeting with Congresswoman Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, he called Johnson a "whore for the insurance industry" and suggested that her knowledge of health care came solely from "pillow talk" with her husband, a physician. His press secretary, Caleb Marshall, defended him in saying, "He didn't call her a 'whore,' he called her a 'whore of the insurance industry.'" In a 2001 Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health hearing on abstinence promotion, he referred to Congressman J. C. Watts of Oklahoma as "the current Republican Conference Chairman, whose children were all born out of wedlock." In 2003, when Stark was told to "shut up" by Congressman Scott McInnis of Colorado during a Ways and Means Committee meeting due to Stark's belittling of the chairman, Bill Thomas of California, he replied, "You think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on. Come over here and make me, I dare you. You little fruitcake."
In an older video taped interview with Jan Helfeld concerning the size of the national debt, Stark stated that the size of the national debt is a reflection of the nation's wealth. When pressed if the nation should take on more debt in order to have more wealth, Stark threatened Helfeld: "You get the fuck out of here or I'll throw you out the window."
On August 27, 2009, Stark suggested that his moderate Democratic colleagues were "brain dead" for proposing changes to the health care reform bill being considered by Congress. During a conference call, Stark claimed that they: ... just want to cause trouble ... they're for the most part, I hate to say, brain dead, but they're just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process.
During a town hall meeting in 2009, a constituent who opposed President Barack Obama's health care plan told Stark, "Mr. Congressman, don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." Stark responded with, "I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."
Real estate taxes
For two years, Stark allegedly claimed his waterfront Maryland home as his primary residence in order to claim a homestead exemption to reduce his local real estate taxes. Under Maryland law, in order to qualify, the owner must register to vote and drive in Maryland.
On December 24, 2008, the House Ethics Committee began an investigation to determine whether Stark improperly claimed a homestead exemption. The home in California Stark claimed as his residence and where he was registered to vote is owned and occupied by his in-laws. In January 2010, the House Ethics Committee voted unanimously that the allegations that Stark took a tax break on a property he owns in Maryland were unfounded.
Electoral history
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
1972
U.S. House of Representatives
California 8th District
Pete Stark
52%
Lew M. Wardin
47%
1974
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark
71%
Edson Adams
29%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Peace and Freedom
1976
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
71%
James K. Mills
27%
Albert L. Sargis
2%
1978
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
65%
Robert S. Allen
31%
Lawrance J. Phillips
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
1980
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
55%
William J. Kennedy
41%
Steven W. Clanin
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
1982
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
60%
William J. Kennedy
39%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
1984
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
70%
J.T. Beaver
26%
Martha Fuhrig
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
1986
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
70%
David M. Williams
30%
1988
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
73%
Howard Hertz
27%
1990
U.S. House of Representatives
California 9th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
58%
Victor Romero
41%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Peace and Freedom
1992
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark
60%
Verne Teyler
32%
Roslyn A. Allen
8%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
1994
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
65%
Larry Molton
30%
Robert Gough
5%
1996
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
65%
James S. Fay
30%
Terry Savage
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Natural Law
1998
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
71%
James R. Goetz
27%
Karnig Beylikjian
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
Natural Law
American Independent
2000
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
71%
James R. Goetz
24%
Howard Mora
3%
Timothy R. Hoehner
1%
Don J.Grundman
1%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
American Independent
Reform
2002
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
71%
Syed R. Mahmood
22%
Mark R. Stroberg
3%
Don J.Grundman
2%
John J. Bambey
2%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
Libertarian
2004
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
72%
George I. Bruno
28%
Mark R. Stroberg
4%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Republican
2006
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
76%
George L. Bruno
25%
2008
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
76%
Raymond Chui
23%
2010
U.S. House of Representatives
California 13th District
Pete Stark (inc.)
72%
Forest Baker
27%
Year
Office
District
Democratic
Democratic
2012
U.S. House of Representatives
California 15th District
Eric Swalwell
52%
Pete Stark
48%
Death
Stark died at his home in Maryland on January 24, 2020 at age 88. His successor in Congress, Eric Swalwell, issued a statement stating that "Pete Stark gave decades of public service to East Bay residents as a voice in Congress for working people... His knowledge of policy, particularly regarding health care, and his opposition to unnecessary wars demonstrated his deep care for his constituents. Our community mourns his loss."
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