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Vivien Bronshvag

Vivien Bronshvag is an American politician from California and a member of the Democratic Party.

An alumna of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Bronshvag was an interior decorator before making her first run for the California State Assembly in 1990. She lost that race to then-incumbent Republican Bill Filante, who had represented the Marin-Sonoma based 9th district since 1979.[1] When Filante left in 1992 to run for congress, Bronshvag ran again, this time in the renumbered 6th district.

She spent $250,000 of her own money and won the Democratic primary with 52% of the vote, more than 30 points ahead of her closest competitor.[2] She went on to win the general election as well, beating then Marin County supervisor Al Aramburu by 15 points.[3]

By 1994, however, Bronshvag had developed a less than flattering reputation in the state capitol. She acquired the nickname "the duchess" among staffers who felt she treated them like serfs.[4] Then a speeding ticket cost her a suspended driver's license and promtped the nickname "the flying duchess".[4]

Despite once again spending lots of her own money, she lost the Democratic primary to then Novato school board member Kerry Mazzoni. In fact her baggage was such that she even lost her home county, Marin.[5]

Electoral history

Member, California State Assembly: 1993-95
Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1990 California State Assembly
District 9
Vivien Bronshvag 52,659 42.5% Bill Filante 51.3% 73,805 51.4%
1992 California State Assembly
District 6 (renumbered)
Gregory Brockbank 17%
Vivien Bronshvag 52%
Harry Moore 20%
100,812 53.3% Al Aramburu 52%
Duane Hughes 48%
74,739 39.5%
1994 California State Assembly
District 6
Vivien Bronshvag 49%
Kerry Mazzoni 51%
92,675 61.2% Brian Sobel 55,006 36.3%


  1. ^ California Journal Vol. XXI, No.12 (December 1990) "Complete District By District Results". StateNet Publications, December 1990.
  2. ^ California Journal Vol. XXIII, No.7 (July 1992) "Complete District Primary Results". StateNet Publications, July 1992.
  3. ^ California Journal Vol. XXIII, No.12 (December 1992) "Complete District By District Results". StateNet Publications, December 1992.
  4. ^ a b California Journal Vol. XXV, No.5 (May 1994) "Election '94". StateNet Publications, May 1994.
  5. ^ California Journal Vol. XXV, No.7 (July 1994) "Election '94 (results)". StateNet Publications, July 1994.
California Assembly
Preceded by
Bill Filante
California State Assemblywoman, 6th District
Succeeded by
Kerry Mazzoni
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