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Thomas A. Fuentes [1] (October 16, 1948 May 18, 2012) was an American political leader who was chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County in California from 1985 to 2004. In the mid-1990s, Republicans held all of the county's legislative and congressional seats, showing it to be one of the most Republican large populous counties in the country. [2]

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Fuentes moved to Orange County in 1962 where he worked in Richard Nixon's gubernatorial campaign. [1] He traced his lineage back six generations to Mexican immigrants. Fuentes died on May 18, 2012, in Lake Forest, California from complications from liver cancer. [2]

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