Supervisor, Second District, Jan. 8, 1979 – Jan. 8, 1995.
Chair of the Board of Supervisors, 1984, 1988, 1993.
Republican from Huntington Beach.
Harriett M. Wieder was born Harriett Pulvers in Toronto, Canada in 1920. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan where she also met and married Irving “Irv” Wieder in 1941. In 1944, with Irv facing the draft, they moved to Los Angeles, following Harriett’s parents.
Irv and Harriett Wieder had two children, and as their family grew, Harriett became involved in community organizations such as B’nai B’rith and the PTA, and in local causes she felt strongly about. She came to the attention of the new mayor, Sam Yorty when she testified against changes in the city’s trash contract. She was soon hired by Yorty, and served as his Executive Assistant from 1963 to 1973. Wieder herself ran for Los Angeles City Council in 1971, but lost.
Later that year, the Wieders purchased a home in Huntington Harbour. In 1973, she ran successfully for Huntington Beach City Council. She served on the Council from 1974 to 1978, and was mayor in 1976.
In the late 1970s, in addition to her duties as Mayor, Wieder also spoke to business executives throughout the nation as the CEO of a women’s group promoting the limitation of government regulation. This brought her to the attention of large businesses like the Flour Corp, who suggested that she run for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She ran in 1978, and became the County’s first woman Supervisor.
Throughout her career, Supervisor Wieder was involved in such issues as health care, air pollution, hazardous waste and domestic violence. In 1988 she ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress. In 1995, President Clinton appointed her to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States.
In 1999, she published her memoirs, Breaking Through: The Political Journey of the Honorable Harriett M. Wieder. As of 2005, Wieder was the president of Linkage, a public affairs consulting agency she founded shortly after leaving office.
The papers of Harriett Wieder held by the Orange County Archives include the following:
- Official Report of the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles, 1984. 2 volumes in slipcover. Published by Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, 1985.
- Vol 1. – Organizing and Planning
- Vol 2. – Competition Summary and Results
- Pamphlet: Information and Services Directory, County of Orange. Complements of Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, Second District. 1987, 1989, and 8 undated pamphlets.
- Orange County Anti-Gang Resource Directory – 1993.
- Orange County Anti-Gang Resource Directory – November 1993.
- Follow-up Report to the November 30, 1993 Orange County Gang Prevention Summit. 1994.
- Orange County Gang Prevention Alliance Action Plan, FY 1994-1995.
News Clippings, News Stores and Press Releases: c. 1984-1994.
Photographs: c. 1979-1994 Images include County events and dedications, and Supervisor Wieder with various celebrities, political figures, dignitaries, etc.
Recognition of Public Service: Plaques, certificates, resolutions, citations, and other documents of recognition given to Wieder by various organizations and government bodies and agencies.
Files: Include campaign materials and miscellaneous photographs.
Artifacts: Include an Olympic torch carried by Supervisor Wieder in 1984.