John Moorlach

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John M. W. Moorlach
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California State Senate, District 37
In office
March 22, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 17, 2015
First electedMarch 17, 2015
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Second District Supervisor on Orange County Board of Supervisors
Treasurer-Tax Collector for Orange County
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Long Beach
ProfessionAccountant and Financial Planner
Office website
Campaign website
John M. W. Moorlach is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 17, 2015.[1]

Moorlach was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 45th Congressional District of California. Moorlach dropped out of the race shortly after the filing deadline, citing fundraising issues.[2][3]

Moorlach served as the Second District Supervisor on the Orange County Board of Supervisors from 2006 to 2015. He was termed-out.[4][5] He also previously served 12 years as the Treasurer-Tax Collector for Orange County.[4]


Moorlach graduated from California State University in 1978 and became a certified public accountant in 1978. He worked for Balser, Horowitz, Frank & Wakeling for over 10 years, eventually becoming Vice President. Moorlach then served 12 years as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and currently serves on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.[4]



See also: California state legislative special elections, 2015

John Moorlach (R) defeated Donald P. Wagner (R) and Naz Namazi (R) in the primary election on March 17.[1][6][7]

The seat was vacant following Mimi Walters' (R) election to Congress.[8]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 37 was called for May 19. A primary election took place on March 17, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 23, 2015.[9]

California State Senate, District 37, Special Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn M. W. Moorlach 51.4% 38,125
     Republican Donald P. Wagner 45.1% 33,411
     Republican Naz Namazi 3.5% 2,621
Total Votes 74,157


See also: California's 45th Congressional District elections, 2014

Moorlach ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 45th District. Moorlach dropped out of the race shortly after the filing deadline.[3]

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moorlach's reports.


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Moorlach is married with three children, living in Costa Mesa, California.[4]

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Preceded by
Mimi Walters (R)
California State Senate District 37
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