Fortney Stark

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Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark Jr. , a Democrat, represented the 13th District of California in the United States House of Representatives since 1972.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Stark voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Support for gun control

In 1991, Stark sponsored H.R. 3104, which sought "To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and the manufacture of firearms designed to accept a silencer, bayonet, grenade launcher, flash suppressor, or folding stock, of certain ammunition feeding devices, and of related devices, and to provide for the imposition of enhanced penalties for the possession or the use of any such item in a crime of violence or in a drug trafficking crime." [2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


During his time in Congress, Stark has made several controversial statements. In 2003, he called Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) a "fruitcake" and was alledged to have hurled additional slurs. In 1995, he called Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) a "whore for the insurance industry," which conservatives criticized as being sexist.

Acknowledgement of nontheism

In March 2007, Stark acknowledged that he held no belief in a deity. He did so in response to an inquiry by the Secular Coalition for America. In October 2006, the coalition, a national lobby representing the interests of atheists and other nontheists, offered $1,000 to the person who could identify the highest level atheist, agnostic, humanist, or other nontheist currently holding elected public office in the U.S. [3]

Stark was the first member of Congress in the history of the U.S. to admit nontheism. [4]

Lori Lipman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition, stated "If the number of nontheists in Congress reflected the percentage of nontheists in the population...there would be 53-54 nontheistic Congress members instead of one." [5]


Stark was born November 11, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, served in the United States Air Force, and was a bank executive before entering the House. He is known to "shoot from the hip," as remarked by his less than cordial comments. In addition, Stark was one of the most vocal Congresspersons who spoke out against the war in Iraq.

Stark was first elected to the House in 1972.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated George I. Bruno to face Stark in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Stark retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Fortney Stark, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in Politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • The Progressive Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Trustee, California Democratic Council
  • Director, Common Cause
  • Board Member, Council for Civic Unity
  • Board Member, Housing Development Corporation
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Starr King School of the Ministry, Berkeley

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Fortney Stark. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


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District offices
  • 39300 Civic Center Drive Suite 220, Fremont, CA 94538
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On the Web
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Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 3104
  3. Lori Lipman Brown, "Congressman Holds No God-Belief," Secular Coalition of America, March 12, 2007.
  4. Lori Lipman Brown, "Congressman Holds No God-Belief," Secular Coalition of America, March 12, 2007.
  5. Lori Lipman Brown, "Congressman Holds No God-Belief," Secular Coalition of America, March 12, 2007.


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