Bruce Whitaker

About Bruce

Fullerton City Council Member Bruce Whitaker served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2012 and as Mayor in 2013.

Prior to being elected to the City Council he served as District Director for Assemblyman Chris Norby. During Norby’s seven years in that office, Bruce served as Senior Policy Advisor. In this role he handled the Sheriff-Coroner Department; the District Attorney’s Office; the Public Defender’s Office; the Probation Department; the Superior Court System; the Orange County Fire Authority; Homeland Security; Emergency Services, and all state legislative matters while serving as the primary Field Representative for the office.

He also served as statewide coordinator for MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform), and was one of ten Directors on the board of the Orange County Water District (OCWD).

Bruce was honored to receive the “Donald Award” as Orange County’s Republican Legislative Staffer of the Year in 2004.

Prior to going to work for taxpayers, Mr. Whitaker had worked in business as a retail manager, financial controller and medical center administrator.

Bruce began an intense and prolonged foray into political activism in 1992 when he became incensed at the largest federal tax increase in U.S. history during the George H.W. Bush administration, and the largest state tax increase in California’s history under Governor Pete Wilson. He became active in his own city of Fullerton in 1993 when he led — as a proponent and treasurer — a successful effort to recall a majority of the City Council and repeal unnecessary utility taxes. That accomplishment has saved more than $170 million for residents and businesses of Fullerton to date.

On the heels of the Fullerton recalls, the Orange County bankruptcy erupted in December of 1994. At that time it was the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. As the chief spokesman of the Committees of Correspondence of Orange County, Bruce debated Sheriff Brad Gates, county CEO William Popejoy, Chapman University president James Doti and others and authored many guest editorials which helped to defeat Measure R, the bankruptcy sales tax.  The defeat of that tax has resulted in more than $2.8 billion in taxpayer savings since 1995.

Bruce Whitaker founded the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers in 1996. He was president for eight years, following which FACT successfully brought suit against the Gray Davis administration for an unconstitutional $12.7 billion bond offering.

When Governor Davis was recalled from office, the Schwarzenegger administration and the Legislature attempted to pass a $2 billion pension obligation bond which also lacked voter approval. FACT and the Pacific Legal Foundation brought suit and won in both Sacramento Superior Court and the State Court of Appeals. Those actions have prevented any further attempts by the state to borrow again without voter approval.

Beginning in 2004, FACT became a national leader in informing public opinion regarding runaway public employee pension costs via the website. Worldwide, more than two thousand journalists have referred daily to the website which was identified by AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) as a key enemy.

Bruce served eight two-year terms on the Republican Central Committee of Orange County, from 1996-2012.

“I am honored to represent your interests on the Fullerton City Council, and ask for your vote on November 8th.” — Bruce Whitaker