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Doris Allen


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ASM Chief Clerk
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1978 Republican AD-71 33342 Loss
11-04-1980 Republican AD-71 46559 Loss
11-02-1982 Republican AD-71 48103 Win
11-06-1984 Republican AD-71 80006 Win
11-04-1986 Republican AD-71 57728 Win
11-08-1988 Republican AD-71 76700 Win
11-06-1990 Republican AD-71 48923 Win
11-03-1992 Republican AD-67 95444 Win
11-08-1994 Republican AD-67 93952 Win

Candidate Biography:

Doris Jean Frazee Allen
Born: May 26, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri
Married: James Allen  (m. 1967, div. 1988), Elmer James Herbertson
Children: Joni Dreyer and Ron Herbertson
Died: September 22, 1999 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Previous: President, Huntington Beach Union High School District
1990: Primary Candidate for SD-35 (Lost)
1990: Proponent, Proposition 132 [Gill Nets in Coastal Waters] (Passed)
1995: Special Primary Candidate for SD-35 (Lost; 16%)
1995: [Majority] Speaker Pro Tem, California State Assembly
1995: Speaker, California State Assembly
1995: Member, University of California Board of Regents
1995: Recalled from the State Assembly on November 28th
1998: Primary Candidate for AD-67 (Lost; 15.7%)

  • NOTABLE HISTORY: Allen was the first female Speaker in California history. 
  • In 1995, Allen voted to caucus with the Democratic Party, gaining the title of Speaker, but costing the Republicans control of the Assembly. 
  • In 1995, Allen was the target of an attempted recall led by Edward R. Fafara and 59 others. The recall qualified for the ballot and succeeded (65.19% in favor; 34.81% opposed).
  • Ron Herbertson (son of Doris Allen) married Carrie (daughter of H.L. Richardson)

Source: California Assembly Handbook (1983), (1996)
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)