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John Burton


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-20 24906 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic AD-20 28307 Win
08-15-1967 Democratic SD-09 100694 Loss
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-20 33482 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-20 26835 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-20 35156 Win
06-04-1974 Democratic CD-06 73114 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic CD-05 88909 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic CD-05 103746 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic CD-05 106046 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic CD-05 101105 Win
04-12-1988 Democratic AD-16 20908 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-16 63672 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-16 57557 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-12 84924 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-12 71371 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic SD-03 215831 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic SD-03 238372 Win

Candidate Biography:

John L. Burton
Born: December 15, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Married: Michele
Child: Kimiko Burton-Cruz*
Family: Brother of Phil and brother-in-law of Sala
Military Service: ARMY

1969-1970: President, California Democratic Council
1973-1974: Chair, California Democratic Party
1974: Resigned from the State Assembly on June 25.
1998-2004: President pro Tempore, California State Senate
2004-Present: Chair, John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes
2008: Proponent, Proposition 7 [Renewable Energy Generation] (Failed; 35.1%)
2008: Early Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010 (withdrew)
2009-2017: Chairman, California Democratic Party
2012: Opponent, Proposition 32 [Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction] (Failed; 43.9%)
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 1148 (1999) which prohibits the governing documents of a common-interest housing development, such as a condominium complex, from including covenants that restrict access to the development to persons based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, marital status, disability, national origin, or ancestry. [Chapter 589/Statutes of 1999]
  • LEGISLATION: Author of 1974 bill that created the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
  • LEGISLATION: Principal Coauthor of SB 400 (1999) [with Deborah Ortiz] which created new Public Employee Retirement System pension formula allowing a retirement benefit factor of 2% at age 55 increasing to 2.5% at age 63 and above. These more generous pension plans have resulted in a massive unfunded liability for CALPERS that is now (in 2012) estimated at $85 billion. (Chapt. 555, Stats of 1999)
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB1x 31 (2001) Authorized the sale of $13 billion in bonds to pay the high electricity costs that resulted from the energy deregulation.
  • From Burton's biography in the 1971 Blue Book: "Dedicated to achieving a world of human dignity, social justice, and lasting peace."
  • In 1965, Burton was the target of an attempted recall led by John Carney. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot. 
  • PLACENAME: At the State Capitol, Room 4203 has been named the John L. Burton Hearing Room.
  • PLACENAME: The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters are the offices and workspace of the California Democratic Party in Sacramento.
  • PLACENAME: The Sloat Boulevard portion of State Highway 35 in San Francisco has been designated as the John Burton Highway (SCR 93 of 2012).
  • Kimiko Burton was the San Francisco Public Defender (2001-2002), and a member of the State Personnel Board (2012-Present) and a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Source: California Blue Book (1971), (2000)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1991-92)