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Richard E. "Dick" Floyd


Picture of Richard E. Floyd
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-53 35093 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-53 45130 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-53 49531 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-53 35234 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-53 55317 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-53 35440 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-55 50116 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-55 44407 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 3, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Children: Lorene and Rikki
Military Service: ARMY (Korea)
Died: August 11, 2011 in Sacramento, CA

1970s-1980: Chief of Staff, State Senator Ralph C. Dills
2000: Primary Candidate for SD-25 (Lost; 30.1%)

  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 7 (1991), which made helmets mandatory for motorcycle riders in California.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 650 (1983), which created the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This memorial was dedicated on December 10, 1988. 
  • Floyd was noted for smoking cigars on the Assembly Floor during sessions. After a confrontation with Assemblywoman La Follette, a Sacramento Bee reporter posed a question; "Asked how long he had been smoking his trademark cigars, Floyd answered, 'Since I was 9.'"
  • An incumbent who lost to a member of their own party (in 1992).

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1981)
Source: "Assemblyman Dick Floyd, 80, carried bill on motorcycle helmets" by Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert (8/13/2011) [LINK]
Source: "SMOKING ASSEMBLYMAN 'S SMOKING HAS COLLEAGUE FUMING " by Jon Matthews, Sacramento Bee (5/19/1987), p. A6