OC Republican central committee
2010-12: California State Assembly, 72nd District
2003-10: Orange County Board of Supervisors, 4th District
1984-2002: Fullerton City Council (3 Years as Mayor)
Redevelopment: The Unknown Government
Printings: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
1988: MA, History, Cal State Fullerton
1972: BA, Religious Studies, Occidental College
Chris has taught in both public and parochial schools, starting his teaching career at St. Joseph Parish School in Placentia and ending with 18 years at Brea Olinda High School. His subjects included U.S. & World History, Spanish, Health, and American Government. For the Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHSD) he taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult immigrants. And for several summers taught language and culture classes to incoming Japanese exchange students at Whittier College.
As a teacher, Chris always put students first, and maintained close relations with parents through telephone, email and personal conferences. Chris's philosophy of discipline starts with the subject matter. "Most behavioral problems come from boredom. If the subject is presented in engaging way by a dynamic teacher, kids will pay attention and learn. When teachers show they care, the students will, too."
Chris was named "Mr. Brea Teacher" in 1998. His extracurricular activities have ranged from being advisor to the pep squad, young Republicans club, chess club to coaching wrestling and choir director.
Serving on the Fullerton City Council for 18 years (3 years as Mayor) Chris was a frequent guest speaker in local classrooms and worked closely with schools on public safety issues. As an Orange County Supervisor, Chris oversaw school bond issuances and served numerous commissions on youth and mental health. As Chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Chris promoted transit use among OC students and made frequent campus appearances.
While in the state legislature, Chris served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. He focused on curriculum, teacher training and financial oversight. Concerned about abuses in the English Language Learner (ELL) programs, Chris held a joint hearing with Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) to hear parents concerns about their children being trapped in costly remedial programs they did not need.
Chris worked closely with Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown on structural budget reforms that have now restored over $4 billion annually in redevelopment funds to K-12 education. As statewide director of Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform (MORR) and author of Redevelopment: The Unknown Government, Chris had long been a critic of the fiscal and eminent domain abuses by redevelopment agencies.
Chris is a father of five children, with four still at home. Alex (25) graduated from Troy High School and USC and now works in mapping with the Orange County Public Works Department. Ana (17) and Gary (16) attend Fullerton High School, and Iris (14) and Johnny (5) are at Beechwood School. Chris has been active in youth sports, and has been a member of the YMCA, PTA, FHS Aquatics Boosters, Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, Sons of Norway and attends Wilshire Avenue Community Church.
Born and raised in Fullerton, Chris hails from both Gold Rush settlers and Norwegian homesteaders. He graduated from Fullerton High School as ASB President in 1968 and from Occidental College in 1972 after serving on its Board of Governors. Chris later earned his California State Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in History from Cal State Fullerton and completed his Spanish fluency certification by studying in Cuernevaca, Mexico. Chris has travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia.