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Jose M. Covarrubias


Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan AD-Santa Barbara 0 Win
10-07-1850 Democratic AD-03 0 Win
09-03-1851 Democratic AD-03 0 Win
11-02-1852 Democratic AD-03 0 Win
09-06-1854 Democratic AD-02 0 Win
09-05-1855 Democratic AD-02 0 Win
11-04-1856 Democratic AD-02 0 Win
09-07-1859 Democratic AD-02 0 Win
11-06-1860 Douglas Democratic AD-02 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

José María Covarrubias
Born: 1809 in France
Married: María Carrillo
Children: Nicolas Antonio, Onesemio Miguel, Maria Dolores Delfina, Amelia, Camilo Juan Pedro, Maria Luisa Clara, Pasculina, George Washington
Military Service: Militia
Died: April 1, 1871 in Santa Barbara, CA

Previous: French Consul to Mexico
1844: Alcalde, City of Santa Barbara
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (representing San Luis Obispo District)*
1850: Resigned from the State Assembly on April 26.
1852: Resigned from the State Assembly on November 6.
1861-1863: Justice, Santa Barbara County Court

  • Covarrubias was elected to the Constitutional Convention from two districts; Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
  • Covarrubias owned Santa Catalina Island from 1850 to 1853.
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Covarrubias had eight children.
  • High Rank: Brigadier General (California State Militia)
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the bill to incorporate the City of Santa Barbara. (1850)
  • LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Covarrubias was the first Assemblymember to serve a third term. He was also the first Assemblymember to serve a fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth term.
  • Covarrubias was the only person to resign from the State Assembly twice. The only person to resign from the Senate twice was James W. Mandeville
  • UNACKNOWLEDGED LATINO: This elected official was excluded from the list of "Previous Latino Members of the Legislature" by the Latino Legislative Caucus [accessed 6/1/2011]. This list was later corrected by renaming it "California Latino Legislative Caucus Former Members" [as of 2/16/2014].

Source: California Blue Book (1924)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis
Source: Governmental Roster, 1889. State and County Governments of California by W. C. Hendricks