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Simi Valley lawmaker Cathie Wright dies at 82

April 16, 2012 | 10:24 am

WrightCathie Wright, a Simi Valley Republican who served in the Assembly and state Senate for 20 years and gained a reputation as a pugnacious maverick in Sacramento, died Saturday. She was 82.

Her death was announced by her daughter, Victoria Cathie Wright.

Born in 1929 in Old Forge, Pa., Wright moved to California as an adult. She worked a string of jobs before getting interested in politics. She won election to the Simi Valley City Council in 1978, on her fourth try. She was elected to the Assembly in 1980 and the state Senate in 1992. She won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 1994 but lost in the general election to Gray Davis. Term limits ended her time in Sacramento in 2000

"I'm honest, straightforward and don't speak out of two sides of my mouth like some politicians," Wright told a Times reporter in 1992. "I'm going to tell you straight. I don't tell people what they want to hear. I tell them the truth."

A full obituary will follow at latimes.com/obituaries.


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Photo: Cathie Wright in 1999. Credit: Los Angeles Times