Norman D. Shumway

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Norman D. Shumway is a former United States Congressman from the 14th district in the State of California.

He entered public service in 1974 when he was appointed to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors by California governor Ronald Reagan. He served until 1978 and from 1977 to 1978 he was chairman of the board. In November 1978, he was elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives where he served through January 3, 1991. He had been re-elected five times but did not seek reelection in 1990.

In 1991, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Shumway to serve on the Public Utilities Commission for the State of California. He served there for four years. Wilson then appointed him to the California Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority and he served there for one year as parole board member.

U.S. president George H.W. Bush named him to the board of directors of Legal Services Corporation and he served from September 1991 until 1993.

Shumway has served on the boards of U.S. English, Goodwill Industries of America, and Omniplex, Ltd. He was a member of the board of visitors of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He was a member of the President’s National Advisory Board at Utah Valley University and was present of Mikuni International College in Yuzawa, Niigata Ken, Japan, from 2014 to 2018.

Shumway was born on July 28, 1934, in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Stockton, California. He earned his associate’s degree from Stockton College, his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah, and his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of Law.

He taught legal courses at San Joaquin Delta College and a Humphreys College. He was also a partner in a Stockton, California, law firm.

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary in Japan from 1954 to 1958 and presided over the Japan Hiroshima Mission from 1996 to 1999. He was the Public Affairs Director for the Asia North Area, stationed in Tokyo. He and his wife, Luana, were Hosting Directors for the First Presidency from 2002 to 2005. They also served as Church representatives to the United Nations from 2006 to 2008. They also served in the Boston Massachusetts Mission from 2010 to 2012. From 2013 to 2014 they served a mission in the Tokyo Japan Temple.

He published his autobiography, Times and Seasons of Norman D. Shumway, in October 2009.

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