David Roberti recall, California (1994)

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David Roberti was a Democratic state senator in California against whom a recall effort was launched in 1994 by the National Rifle Association. The effort was unsuccessful.

Roberti had exerted leadership in enacting a semiautomatic assault weapons ban, thus offending the powerful pro-gun lobby.

Roberti was already due to be term-limited out of office by California Proposition 140 (1990) when the recall started. He intended to run for state treasurer. Although he won the recall effort handily, he lost his race for state treasurer, and spent $800,000 defending himself in the recall.[1]


  1. History News Network, When have recalls succeeded in California?, October 29, 2003