Stephen Kinney

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Stephen M. Kinney

1944 - 2013

Long-time California-based political strategist and consultant Stephen (Steve) Kinney passed away on May 19, 2013 at his home in Redondo Beach after a 16 year battle with prostate cancer. Steve was a well-known and frequently tapped expert in national, state and local political strategy, campaign polling and other research related to voter trends and public opinion.

Steve worked in western politics for nearly 40 years, most recently serving as a West Coast partner of Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation's premier political and public affairs survey research firms. Prior to joining Public Opinion Strategies in 1999, Steve was a pollster with Portland-based Moore Information and served as a Republican National Committee regional political director for California and eight other western states from 1985 to 1991.

Steve's clients were a who's who of California politics, including Governor George Deukmejian, Governor Pete Wilson, State Treasurer Matt Fong, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and many others. A highlight of Steve's career was his long-time affiliation with former Governor Deukmejian. Steve served as finance director for Deukmejian's successful bid for governor in 1982 as well as his earlier runs for statewide office. Governor Deukmejian was a friend and mentor whom Steve admired for working on both sides of the aisle to accomplish the people's business and for doing the right thing, no matter the cost. Born Stephen Moulton Kinney on March 16, 1944 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Steve graduated from Sterling College in Kansas before serving in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966.

A South Bay resident for more than 20 years, Steve and his beloved wife Cynthia (Cindy) Kinney lived in Hermosa Beach and later Redondo Beach. He was passionate about running and participated in local 10k races such as the annual Superbowl Sunday event in Redondo Beach. He also enjoyed cooking gourmet meals, collecting and drinking fine California wines, playing golf, and traveling to all 50 states and every continent. His faith was very important to him, and he was an active member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach. He was a much loved friend and neighbor, known for his kindness, high energy, and infectious laughter.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 20 years, Cynthia; sister Mabel L. Stehler of Pittsford, New York; and two brothers, Edward E. Kinney of Cupertino, California and David E. Kinney of Placitas, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Miriam Reed Kinney, who passed away in 1972.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 301 Avenue D, Redondo Beach, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or Sterling College, 125 W. Cooper Ave., Sterling, KS, 67579.

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Published in Daily Breeze on May 22, 2013
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