The 2003 California Recall Election: Where Are They Now?

Ten years ago this week, California held a recall election to remove Gov. Gray Davis from office, and movie stars, a porn star, and a future congressmen lined up to take his job. Here’s what they’re all doing now.

1. Gray Davis in 2003: First recalled governor in California history vs. Gray Davis now: Practices corporate law at Loeb & Loeb in Century City.

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2. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003: California’s newly elected 38th governor vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger now: In the film Escape Plan out October 18.

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3. Maria Shriver in 2003: The new first lady of California vs. Maria Shriver now: Separated from Schwarzanegger and leading a nonprofit media initiative.

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4. Darrell Issa in 2003: Donated more than $1 million to aid the recall efforts vs. Darrell Issa now: House Oversight And Government Reform Committee Chairman and also the wealthiest member of Congress.

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5. Cruz Bustamante in 2003: Lieutenant governor turned 2nd place gubernatorial candidate vs. Cruz Bustamante now: Considered running for a U.S. House seat in 2012, but decided against it for for “family considerations.”

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6. Tom McClintock in 2003: 3rd place gubernatorial candidate vs. Tom McClintock now: U.S. Congressman representing California’s 4th district.

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7. Arianna Huffington in 2003: 5th place gubernatorial candidate vs. Arianna Huffington today: Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.

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8. Gary Coleman in 2003: Actor turned 8th place gubernatorial candidate. vs. Gary Coleman now: Died in 2010.

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9. Mary Carey in 2003: A porn star turned 10th place gubernatorial candidate vs. Mary Carey now: Runs her own website that has some NSFW photos on it.

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