Nathan Fletcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Nathan Fletcher
Nathan Fletcher 2011.jpg
Fletcher in 2011
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 75th district
In office
December 1, 2008 – December 3, 2012
Preceded byGeorge Plescia
Succeeded byMarie Waldron
Personal details
Born(1976-12-31) December 31, 1976 (age 37)
Carson City, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mindy Tucker Fletcher
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Alma materCalifornia Baptist University
OccupationBusinessman/Educator
ReligionPresbyterian
WebsiteNathan Fletcher
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1997-2007
UnitUnited States Marine Corps Reserves
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCombat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon


Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (V)
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Selected Marine Corps Reserve ribbon.svg Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

 
Jump to: navigation, search
Nathan Fletcher
Nathan Fletcher 2011.jpg
Fletcher in 2011
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 75th district
In office
December 1, 2008 – December 3, 2012
Preceded byGeorge Plescia
Succeeded byMarie Waldron
Personal details
Born(1976-12-31) December 31, 1976 (age 37)
Carson City, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mindy Tucker Fletcher
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Alma materCalifornia Baptist University
OccupationBusinessman/Educator
ReligionPresbyterian
WebsiteNathan Fletcher
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1997-2007
UnitUnited States Marine Corps Reserves
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCombat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon


Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (V)
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Selected Marine Corps Reserve ribbon.svg Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

Nathan Fletcher (born December 31, 1976) is an American politician, businessman, and educator who served two terms in the California State Assembly. He currently serves as a senior director of global strategic initiatives at Qualcomm, Inc., and a Professor of Practice in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Fletcher was born and spent the early years of his life in Carson City, Nevada. His parents divorced when he was 2, and his mother Sherrie moved with him to Smackover, Arkansas. There she met and married Danny Farley, who worked at an International Paper factory. His biological father, Randy Fletcher, a former deputy sheriff, obtained a custody decree in Nevada. Randy Fletcher then drove to Arkansas, where he took Nathan from his mother and returned to Nevada with him. A Nevada judge granted custody to Randy Fletcher with visitation rights for Sherrie. Nathan describes his father as abusive and said this period of his life was "a living hell". When Nathan was 8, Randy Fletcher voluntarily sent Nathan back to live with his mother; he remained with her and Danny Farley for the rest of his childhood. He says that when he talks about his Dad, he is referring to his stepfather Danny Farley, whom he counts as his only father figure. His childhood and family background became an issue during his campaign for mayor, when opponents accused him of dishonesty because of apparent inconsistencies in talking about his father. He had tried to keep the details of his background private, but faced with the accusations he and his mother gave an interview to KPBS in which they explained the apparent contradictions as resulting from the difference between his father and his stepfather.[2]

He graduated from Smackover High School and moved west to California, earning a Bachelor of Science in political science from California Baptist University.

Military service[edit]

Fletcher joined the United States Marine Corps as a reservist in 1997 and became an active duty Marine in 2002. In 2007 he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne Course and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.[3] In 2004, he served eight months in the Sunni Triangle region of Iraq. Among his awards from this tour are the Navy–Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V" for valor,[4] Combat Action Ribbon, and Iraqi Campaign Medal.[4]

Fletcher served in United States Marine Corps Reserve as a counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist, working in the Horn of Africa on his final deployment, and earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.[4]

Legislative and political career[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

In 2008 he was elected to the Assembly representing the 75th Assembly District, which includes the City of Poway, portions of Escondido, La Jolla, University City, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, and Carmel Valley, and the communities of Fairbanks Ranch, and Rancho Santa Fe. He won with 52.2% of the vote.[5] He was re-elected in 2010 with 60.5% of the vote.[6]

In his first term, Fletcher had a number of pieces of legislation signed into law, including legislation relating to veterans, job creation, water infrastructure, and health care.[7] He is best known for his sponsorship of Chelsea's Law, which toughened penalties and restrictions on violent sexual predators.[8] He was chosen as one of two Republican Party whips in 2010.[9]

In May 2010, Fletcher gave an Assembly floor speech[10] in support of California Senate Joint Resolution 9, which called upon Congress and the President to repeal the U. S. Armed Forces policy known as "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT). Fletcher, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and other locations, was the first California Republican legislator (he later joined the Democratic Party) to endorse ending this policy. His impassioned speech was described as "one of the most eloquent on the floor for some time."[11]

Campaign for Mayor of San Diego[edit]

In June 2011, Fletcher announced his candidacy for the mayorship of San Diego.[12] However, he came in third in the June 2012 primary so he did not advance to the general election.[13] With the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner in 2013, Fletcher declared his candidacy in the special election to replace him.[14]

On August 20, 2013 Fletcher officially filed his intention to be a mayoral candidate with the City Clerk's Office—a day before a tentative agreement was reached for Mayor Bob Filner's resignation.[15] He was endorsed by California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.[16] However, in the election held November 19, 2013 he came in third with 24.3 percent of the vote and thus did not advance to the runoff election in February 2014.[17] On November 20 he conceded and endorsed fellow Democrat David Alvarez. He added that he intends to withdraw from public life and that "this election marks the end of my time in politics".[18]

Following his campaign loss for Mayor in 2013, Fletcher spent a month in South America climbing Aconcagua (highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas). In an essay titled, "What a South American Mountain Taught me about Life, Loss, and Politics" he discussed the campaign loss, the combat deaths of several of his friends and his own turbulent childhood in the context of climbing a mountain and the poem "Invictus". [19]

Change of political parties[edit]

He was elected as a Republican, but changed his affiliation to Independent in March 2012,[20] and then to Democratic in 2013.

In March 2012, midway through his campaign for mayor of San Diego, Fletcher announced that he was quitting the Republican Party to become an independent.[21] His announcement came a few weeks after the San Diego County Republican party endorsed rival Republican Carl DeMaio. The decision generated a flurry of publicity and a surge in the polls.[22] However, he placed third in the June 2012 primary election for with 24.00% of the vote.[12][13]

On May 4, 2013, Fletcher announced on his Facebook page that he was joining the Democratic Party.[23] Fletcher was widely embraced by Democratic Leaders, many of whom had been courting him for years to join the Party.[24]

Democracy building/NGO[edit]

Fletcher worked for nongovernmental organizations seeking to build and improve democracies around the world.[25] This includes time abroad working with non-governmental organizations to build and improve democracies in Myanmar, East Timor, Cambodia and Serbia.[26]

Post-political career[edit]

Business[edit]

Following the end of his legislative term in December 2, 2012, Fletcher became the senior director of corporate development at Qualcomm. He said in a statement that his position will include developing global strategies for wireless health initiatives, mobile education and the protection of intellectual property but will not involve lobbying or government relations.[27]

Education[edit]

In January 2013, Fletcher was appointed as the first Professor of Practice at the University of California San Diego. He teaches classes in the department of political science, as well as mentoring and advising students and helping to develop public policy projects. Professor of Practice is a new, privately funded position at the University intended to "provid(e) students with a deeper understanding of the practical application of a particular field of study, and help promote the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience from applications professionals.”[1]

Television commentator and writer[edit]

Nathan Fletcher also served as a television commentator for Fox 5 San Diego.[28] and paid contributor to San Diego Magazine.[29]

Personal[edit]

Fletcher is an Ironman Triathlete, marathon runner, alpine mountaineer and mountain biker.[3] He lives in San Diego with his wife, Mindy, who has served as deputy campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[30] Fletcher has served on the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Historical Society.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guardian, UCSD. "Nathan Fletcher Named First ‘Professor of Practice’ at UC San Diego". Retrieved 24 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ Faryon, Joanne. "The Truth About Nathan Fletcher: Mayoral Candidate Reveals Abusive Childhood (Video)". KPBS San Diego. Retrieved 14 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Nathan Fletcher: a short bio". San Diego Union Tribune. Aug 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b c Craig Gustafson (Nov 26, 2011). "Mayoral candidate served in Iraq, Africa". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ California Secretary of State: November 2008 election results
  6. ^ California Secretary of State: November 2010 election results
  7. ^ "Nathan Fletcher". California State Assembly. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  8. ^ Gardner, Michael (August 19, 2012). "Chelsea's Law could launch national movement". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "San Diego GOP lawmakers named to leadership posts", San Diego Union Tribune, December 13, 2010
  10. ^ Fletcher, Nathan. "Speech in support of SJR 9". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Gardner, Mike. "Fletcher Backs End to "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Policy". Newspaper. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Assemblyman Fletcher Enters San Diego Mayoral Race". Scripps TV Station Group. June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  13. ^ a b "County of San Diego Presidential Primary Election, June 5, 2012". San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Former assemblyman files papers to fill Bob Filner's mayoral seat". Los Angeles Times. August 23, 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Gustafson, Craig (August 23, 2013). "Fletcher declares intent to run for mayor". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Weisberg, Lori (October 29, 2013). "http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/29/attorney-general-kamala-harris-fletcher-mayor/". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "San Diego mayor race: Alvarez, Faulconer expected to meet in runoff". ABC 10 News. November 19, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nathan Fletcher concedes San Diego mayoral race, endorses David Alvarez". ABC 10 News. November 20, 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  19. ^ Fletcher, Nathan. "What a South American Mountain Taught Me About Life, Loss and Politics". Essay. Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 18 Feb 2014. 
  20. ^ Craig Gustafson (March 28, 2012). "Fletcher quits GOP, turns independent". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  21. ^ Skelton, George (April 2, 2012). "California GOP loses an up-and-comer in Nathan Fletcher - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Poll: Nathan Fletcher jumps to second in San Diego mayor race". Sacramento Bee. April 13, 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  23. ^ Fletcher, Nathan. "Facebook Post on Joining Democratic Party". Social Media Essay. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Former assemblyman, San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher joining Democratic Party". ABC 10 News. May 4, 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  25. ^ Kucher, Karen. "Fletcher hired as professor at UCSD". Union Tribune San Diego. Retrieved 18 Jan 2013. 
  26. ^ "Bio". UCSD San Diego. 
  27. ^ Steussy, Lauren (November 15, 2012). "Fletcher's New Job: Qualcomm". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  28. ^ http://fox5sandiego.com/nathan-fletchers-notes/
  29. ^ Fletcher, Nathan. "Our Modern-Day Crisis". San Diego Magazine. Retrieved 15 Feb 2013. 
  30. ^ "Chamber turns on the charm". Sacramento Bee. February 12, 2006. p. D1. 
  31. ^ "Society SitRep". San Diego, CA: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Historical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 

External links[edit]