A California native, George Radanovich (rah-DON-oh-vitch), was born in the Sierra foothills community of Mariposa in 1955. After attending local schools, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business management from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo in 1978.

After college, Radanovich returned to his hometown and served on the Mariposa County Planning Commission and the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class XXI.

Radanovich's observation of a microclimate in Mariposa led him to pioneer grape growing to the area in 1982. Four years later he opened the region's first winery, producing the first wine from Mariposa County since Prohibition.

In 1994, George Radanovich was elected to Congress representing the 19th Congressional District of California. He was the first full-time winemaker to serve in Congress since Thomas Jefferson.

He served as president of the House republican freshman class of the new majority and pressed the need for cultural reform to accompany the reduction in the size of government.

The Congressman served on the Energy and Commerce Committee and was ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. He also sat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. Prior to that, he served on the Budget Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Resources Committee, serving as Chairman of the Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power and the Subcommittee on National Parks.

He has been a recipient many times of the US Chamber's" Spirit of Enterprise Award" and the NFIB's "Guardian of Business Award." In 2002, he was named UC Merced's "Legislator of the Year," and the Armenian National Committee named him "Man of the Year." He also received the Fresno NAACP's 2005 "Image Award." He also served on, or founded, the Wine Caucus, Water Caucus, Armenian Caucus and the Croation Caucus.

After serving 8 terms in the United States Congress, Radanovich retired in 2010 to be with his family. After the tragic loss of his wife, Ethie Weaver Radanovich, of ovarian cancer, he returned to his hometown of Mariposa, CA, to raise their 12 year-old son, rebuild the family vineyard and establish a foundation, The Four Institutions, to restore the institutions of the Cultural Mandate in America.

A believer that politics and jurisprudence are downstream from culture, his book, The New World Order is the Old World Order, is the culmination of his thirty-year effort to develop a new American social contract based on cultural reform. It will be release in the summer of 2011.

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