Louis John Papan (Birthname: Elias Papandricoupolos)
Born: August 2, 1928 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Married: Irene Damis (m. 1958, d. 2000)
Children: John V., Diane and Virginia*
Military Service: ARMY (WWII), USAF (Korea)
Died: April 28, 2007 in Burlingame, CA
Previous: Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Previous: Member, Daly City Council
1974-1976: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1981: Founder, John's Closet; a non-profit that provides new clothes to needy children. The organization was named for Papan's son John who had died of a rare illness.
1990: Primary Candidate for SBOE-2 (Lost; 13.34%)
2006: Primary Candidate for SD-08 (Lost; 13.6%)
- Legislative Altercation: In 1974, Papan fought with Assemblyman Kenneth A. Meade. Meade had to get 15 stitches to fix the resulting head wound. According to Papan's Oral History Project interview, the cause of the fight was caused by a misunderstanding over Papan's refusal to vote for a Meade bill in Committee.
- Chaired Rules Committee for 10 years; longest tenure in California history.
- PLACENAME: The portion of Route 1 in San Mateo County from the interchange at Skyline Boulevard to the southern city limits of the City of Pacifica is officially named the "Louis J. Papan Highway". - Source: cahighways.org
- PLACENAME: The Lou and Irene Papan Lupus Research Program is located at UC San Francisco.
- FAMILY: *"Gina" has previously served as a Deputy California Attorney General, and was a primary candidate for AD-19 in 2002, losing with 34.4%. She has been a member of the Millbrae City Council since 2005 and is also currently the Deputy Director of the California Office of Criminal and Justice Planning. Papan was also a 2008 Primary Candidate for AD-19 (Lost; 34.2%) and a 2011 Special Election candidate for San Mateo County Supervisor (Lost; 25.8%).
- Following the death of his son John in 1981 of a rare congenital illness (now called "Papan's syndrome"), Papan helped start two non-profits; the John Papan Memorial Scholarship Fund and John's Closet (which provides clothing to needy children). There is also a street named John Papan Court in Daly City, CA.
Source: California Blue Book (1975), (2000)