Wilson, Pete(Peter Barton Wilson), 1933–, American politician, b. Lake Forest, Ill. A lawyer and moderate Republican, he began his career in local politics. He was a campaign aide in Richard NixonNixon, Richard Milhous,
1913–94, 37th President of the United States (1969–74), b. Yorba Linda, Calif. Political Career to 1968
A graduate of Whittier College and Duke law school, he practiced law in Whittier, Calif.
..... Click the link for more information. 's 1962 gubernatorial race, served in the state legislature (1967–71), and was mayor of San Diego (1971–83). He subsequently has served as U.S. senator from California (1983–91) and as governor of the state (1991–99). In 1995, Wilson mounted an unsuccessful candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.