Born: October 6, 1948, St. Louis, Missouri
Education: California Institute of Integral Studies, M.A. (1992);Stanford University, A.B. (1970)
Family: Married Carrie; Four children, one grandchild
Hometown: Mendocino, California
Career: U.S. Representative (1993-94); Mendocino County Board of Supervisors (1981-85); Ukiah City Planning Commission (1976-80)
Â• In 1970, after finishing his studies at Stanford University, Hamburg moved to Mendocino California. He helped start an alternative school that has been operating for the past 27 years. While he was on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, he contributed to the County's first comprehensive General Plan and Coastal Plan.
Â• In 1985, Hamburg and his family went to Guangdong Province, China and operated a cultural exchange program for six years.
Â• In 1992, Hamburg challenged freshman Republican Congressman Frank Riggs and won the election with only 48% of the vote. Riggs garnered 45% and two minority party candidates took 7%. Two years later Riggs ran for his old job and unseated Hamburg by 53% to 47%.
Â• After losing his re-election bid, Hamburg became a political consultant to the newly formed government of South Africa.
Â• Hamburg is currently the executive director of VOTE action Committee, a political coalition that hopes to challenge the current two-party 'duopoly'. He also hosts a radio program focusing on public affairs.