Bruce Whitaker for State Senate

Meet Bruce

Bruce Whitaker has been a loyal taxpayer advocate
and is ready to take the fight to Sacramento.

Born in Colorado and raised in Indiana, Bruce was taught important values from a young age.  His career began with blue collar roots with employment at Asplundh, as a crew member, and eventually moved up to a foreman position.  He then moved to C.L. Morris Lumber, working in sales and management, and subsequently became an expert in kitchen cabinet design, locks and hardware.  Big C Lumber was his next stop.

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bruce whitaker mayor fullerton state senate district 29 candidate republican party orange county oc ca california conservative white house washington dc

After falling in love with Linda, Bruce relocated to Southern California to start a new life. He began work at Buena Park Lumber and Hardware, and eventually became head of purchasing, then Controller/CFO, spending 14 years at the company, winning numerous awards, driving $20 million revenues with 125 employees in the early 90’s.

Bruce felt stifled by the onslaught of government regulation and over-taxation and saw how this was affecting the small company he was so loyal to.  This resulted in layoffs, affecting good employees, part of the big recession in the early 90’s. Governor Pete Wilson, a Republican, raised income taxes, the highest recorded increase of state income tax in US history.  At the same time, President George H.W. Bush reneged on his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge, resulting in another record: the highest increase of federal income tax in US history.

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After being a lifelong Republican, heartily voting for elected officials he thought would be principled, Bruce felt betrayed and this is what catalyzed his activism at the local level.  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.

Bruce’s next job was the administrator for a multi-physician family practice medical center in West Anaheim from 1994 to 2003.  After 9 years of faithful service, Bruce joined Supervisor Chris Norby, as policy advisor and full time staff at the County of Orange, for 7 years. When Chris was elected to State Assembly, Bruce became his District Director of the Fullerton office in 2009.  During this time, Bruce served on the Fullerton Planning Commission.

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bruce whitaker mayor fullerton state senate district 29 candidate republican party orange county oc ca california conservative white house washington dc

Bruce then ran for Fullerton City Council in 2010, for the remaining 2 years of Shawn Nelson’s city council seat, as he was elected to the Board of Supervisors.  Bruce was subsequently re-elected with full 4-year terms in 2012 and 2016, serving two terms as mayor.  Bruce’s greatest accomplishments include taxpayer protection (through founding the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers and the Pension Tsunami website, now a national leader in the pension improvement), reforming the police department and improved the way Fullerton related to the homeless, by focusing more on city infrastructure.  Bruce also made a stand for transparency and justice in the Kelly Thomas case.

Bruce loves trail walking, cooking, travel and reading.  His favorite trails are Castelwood, Laguna Lake, Powder Canyon and the Santa Ana trail near Yorba Linda regional.  Linda’s favorite dishes from Bruce include souffles, burgers and quiche.  Traveling is another passion of Bruce’s, which includes extensive domestic travel, the pyramids, Mexico, a month exploring Australia and the beaches of Hawaii.  In fact, Bruce and Linda were married in Jamaica.

“Who’s your daddy? It’s not the government.”
– Bruce Whitaker

Photos by Linda Whitaker.