Ed Reinecke, the California lieutenant governor who resigned after being convicted of perjury in a Watergate-era scandal, died Saturday in Laguna Hills.
He was 92 and died of natural causes, said his son, Mark Reinecke.
Reinecke was a protege of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, who appointed him to be the state’s second-in-command in 1969.
Reinecke had risen quickly in Republican politics, winning a seat in Congress in 1964 as a 40-year-old businessman with no political experience. The plainspoken Caltech graduate, who once called the House of Representatives a “posh pigeonhole,” made no secret of his aspirations to be governor and ran in 1974 while...