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Lucy Killea


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-78 60494 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-78 83193 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-78 53662 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-78 78606 Win
12-05-1989 Democratic SD-39 62283 Win
11-03-1992 Independent SD-39 187353 Win

Candidate Biography:

Lucy Lytle Killea
Born: July 31, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas
Married: John F. Killea (m. 1947, d. 1997)
Children: Paul and Jay
Military Service: Civilian ARMY employee (WWII)*
Died: January 17, 2017

1946-1956: Intelligence Analyst, Central Intelligence Group (now CIA)
1968-1976: Member, San Diego City Historic Site Board
1971-1977: Member, San Diego County Cultural Heritage Committee
1976: Executive Director, Fronteras 1976 ("a San Diego observance of the United States Bicentennial")
1978-1982: Member, San Diego City Council
Previous: Deputy Mayor, City of San Diego
1989: Resigned from the State Assembly on December 18.
1991: While serving in the State Senate, changed party affiliation mid-term from Democratic to Independent on October 1.
1994-1996: Member, California Constitutional Revision Commission
1996-2001: President and CEO, International Community Foundation
1996-2001: Senior Fellow, International Community Foundation

  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 16 (1993), which established the 1994-1996 California Constitution Revision Commission. 
  • Killea was a civilian in a stateside Military Intelligence unit, and her WWII service made her the first female legislator to have "been in a war". As far as our research has found, Shannon Grove was the first female legislator to actually serve in the military. 
  • In 1991, Killea was the target of two attempted recalls, but led by Joe Naiman. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1991-92)