1946: Born Sept. 22 in Long Beach. His father, Dr. John C. Lungren, became Richard Nixon's longtime personal physician.
1968: Earns an A.B. degree in English from the University of Notre Dame.
1971: Earns a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. During his studies he works for Republican Senators George Murphy of California and Bill Brock of Tennessee.
1971-72: Works as special assistant to the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee before returning to Long Beach to practice law.
1976: Loses U.S. House race for the seat vacated by Rep. Craig Hosmer.
1978: Defeats incumbent Mark Hannaford in race for the 34th U.S. House seat representing portions of Long Beach and Orange County and serves in Congress until 1989.
1987: Nominated by Gov. George Deukmejian to be acting state treasurer after Jesse Unruh dies in office; the state Senate narrowly rejects the appointment in a prolonged confirmation fight.
1990: Defeats Democrat Arlo Smith in race for California attorney general. Re-elected in 1994.
1998: Loses California governor's race to Democrat Gray Davis.
1999-2004: Works as lobbyist, lawyer and Catholic radio talk show host.
2004: Survives three-way Republican primary against Rico Oller and Mary Ose and defeats Democrat Gabe Castillo to return to Congress, this time representing the 3rd U.S. House district in the Sacramento area. Wins re-election in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
2012: Loses the redrawn 7th U.S. House district seat to Democrat Ami Bera. He had defeated Bera in the 2010 race.
Sources: Bee archives, wires and official congressional biography. Bee research/Pete Basofin