California saw plenty of change to its congressional delegation last year, with the long-serving likes of Fortney “Pete” Stark (East Bay area), David Dreier (San Dimas), Jerry Lewis (Redlands), Joe Baca (San Bernardino County), Elton Gallegly (Simi Valley), Mary Bono Mack (Palm Springs) and more either retiring or getting turned out.
For most of their veteran colleagues remaining, reelection seems all but certain. Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House and current Democratic minority leader, hasn’t had a serious challenger since essentially inheriting her San Francisco-based seat in 1987 on the death of Sala Burton, who had taken it over from her husband, Phil Burton, a liberal lion and legendary master of gerrymandering.
But Pelosi is now 73 and her age will probably see her out of Congress before another decade goes by.
In that way, Pelosi is pretty typical of the state’s 53-member delegation, replete with sexagenarians and septuagenarians...