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California: State Senate

Members of the California State Senate, 1849-2014 (May be incomplete!)

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1852: James H. Ralston, elected.
  • 1869: Horace F. Page (Rep), defeated.
  • 1873: Jonathan M. Dudley, defeated.
  • 1875: John M. Days (Rep), defeated.
  • 1890: James C. Needham, defeated.
  • 1898: John E. Raker, defeated.
  • 1920: Charles W. Dempster (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1932: Fletcher W. Greer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1931 Feb 26: Ralph H. Clock, elected; A. C. Malone, defeated; Lance Smith, defeated; Klyde Young, defeated; P. J. Cooney, defeated; William Bowen, defeated.
  • 1946: Clara Kahler (Dem), defeated.
  • 1950: Glenn M. Anderson, defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 15: George J. Hatfield, died in office.
  • 1954: Jack B. Tenney (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954: Mildred Younger (Rep), defeated.
  • 1955: James W. Silliman, defeated.
  • 1954 Jun 8: Richard Richards (Dem), nominated.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Richard Richards (Dem), elected.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Richard Richards (Dem), elected.
  • 1964: John G. Schmitz (Rep), elected.
  • 1966: John G. Schmitz (Rep), elected; William E. Dannemeyer, defeated.
  • 1969: Pete Stark, defeated for nomination; George Miller, defeated.
  • 1969 Jan 1: George Miller, Jr., died in office.
  • 1962: James A. Ware (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1962 Nov 6: Patrick D. McGee (Rep), defeated.
  • 1973: Jerry Lewis, defeated.
  • 1974: Toni Novak Sutley (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
  • 1976 Jun 8: Patricia Dolbeare, defeated.
  • 1972: Ronald Pelosi (Dem), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: John Garamendi, elected.
  • 1979: Eunice N. Sato, defeated in primary.
  • 1976: Betty Wilson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1982: Dan Kripke, defeated.
  • 1986: Lou Papan (Dem), defeated.
  • 1982: Charles R. Imbrecht (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990: Doris Allen (Rep), defeated.
  • 1991: Nolan Frizzelle (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Marsha Feinland (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
  • 1990: Irv Sutley (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
  • 1993: Irv Sutley (Peace and Freedom), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Patricia W. Garamendi (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1991 Jan 8: Patrick Johnston (Dem), elected; Philip Wallace (Rep), defeated; Thomas M. Tryon (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1996: William J. Knight, elected.
  • 1998: Debra Bowen, elected.
  • 2006: Lou Papan, defeated.
  • 2000: William J. Knight, elected.
  • 2004 May 7: William J. Knight, died in office.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Tom McClintock (Rep), elected.
  • 2010 Jun 8: Rick Keene (Rep), defeated in primary.
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