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John L. Harmer

John L. Harmer (born April 28, 1934) is a former California politician who served in the California State Senate as a Republican from 1966 to 1974. He went on to serve briefly as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of California from 1974 to 1975, after the resignation of Edwin Reinecke on October 4, 1974. Departing Governor Ronald Reagan appointed him to the post. He is now the vice president of Geely-USA, the American Division of the Chinese car maker Geely that along with Chery is one of the first Chinese automobile manufacturers to export to North American shores.

Harmer wrote the book Reagan: Man of Principle.[1]

Harmer served as chairman of the United States Supreme Court against pornography.

Harmer currently resides in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife Carolyn. Harmer is a Latter-day Saint Mormon.


  • article on HarmerMeridian Magazine
  • Harmer's biography (with birthdate)
  1. ^ Amazon ad for Harmer's book
Political offices
Preceded by
Edwin Reinecke
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
Mervyn M. Dymally

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