About Steve Baldwin
Steve Baldwin graduated from Pepperdine University in 1979 with a major in both
Journalism and Public Relations. The school was an easy choice for him since his
family goes way back with the history of Pepperdine.
After graduating from Pepperdine, he moved to Washington D.C. to help organize
College Republicans for Ronald Reagan. The Reagan Revolution was in full swing by
this time and thousands of college kids were becoming active in the GOP as a
result. His job was to turn them into activists and to educate them about
conservative philosophy. He taught students how to start alternative conservative
newspapers, challenge liberal professors, and engage in street theatre as a way of
After a few years with the College Republicans, he was asked by a group of
prominent Young Americans for Freedom alumni, including William F. Buckley, to
take over YAF, as it was on the verge of collapse. He agreed to serve for one term
as national Executive Director of this historic group and brought the organization
back to life.
At this point, Steve raised funds for the Nicaraguan resistance fighting the
Soviet-back Sandinista regime in that country. The Democrats had decided to
collaborate with the communists by cutting off congressional funding, so Steve,
along with many others, raised private funds to keep the resistance alive. They
were successful, and for the first time in Cold War history, the Soviet empire
experienced a setback when the resistance successfully pressured the Sandinistas
to agree to free elections, elections they ultimately lost.
Steve returned to San Diego in 1988 and ran for the 77 th State Assembly District
against a Democrat incumbent. He lost but shortly thereafter, he met his
wonderful wife Patti and they were married in 1989. During this time period Steve
hosted a cable TV show called “Conservatives Speak Out” and worked as a political
consultant, helping numerous conservatives win races at all levels of government. In
1994 Steve ran again for the state legislature and defeated an entrenched
Shortly after his election, Steve was appointed the Chairman of the Assembly
Education Committee, the first conservative to chair that committee in 40 years.
From that position, he led the charge on some monumental education reforms such
as creating a state wide assessment test, establishing state-wide academic
standards, returning phonics instruction to our lower grades, and leading the
charge for the creation of Charter schools, which today, are the highest
performing segment of the public school establishment. He also served as the
“Whip” for the Republican caucus.
Despite the best efforts of the unions, Steve won all his reelections by landslides.
Over the course of six years in the legislature, Steve amassed a perfect record on
pro-family, veteran, taxpayer, and constitutional issues such as the 2 nd Amendment.
Needless to say, Steve received many threats from the left.
After Steve’s term was up in 2000, he accepted a job as Executive Director of the
Council for National Policy, America’s leading networking group for conservative
political leaders. This position gave him the opportunity to work with many of
America’s leading conservative leaders such as Paul Weyrich, Morton Blackwell,
Phyllis Schlafly, Howard Phillips, and M. Stanton Evans, all of whom Steve considers
to be mentors.
In December of 2008 Steve resigned his CNP position and returned to San Diego
where he now spends much of his time working on various writing projects. Steve
previously published a book titled The Revolution Lobby, about how the American
left collaborated with the Soviet Union to manipulate public opinion during the Cold
War years. More recently, Steve published From Crayons to Condoms, the Ugly
Truth About America’s Public Schools, a critique of our public school system. This
book was #1 in the “political books” category on Amazon for several weeks.
Steve currently writes for various online publications such as the American
Spectator and WorldNetDaily and is a senior fellow with the Western Center
where he writes investigative pieces on the threat Biden poses to our
constitutional rights. He has also appeared on radio and television shows such as
the Sean Hannity show, Newsmax and One America News Network.
Steve also is a professional painter, manages real estate and is active in the MAGA
movement, the largest grassroots political movement representing the working
class in American history.
Steve has been married thirty-one years and has four boys. He currently lives in
the San Diego area and worships at an evangelical church. Three of his sons play
professional hockey in Europe and Steve himself continues to play in various “over-
50” hockey leagues and is active with a group searching for evidence of 17 th century
Spanish mining activity in the backcountry of San Diego County.