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Hugh P. Donnelly


Picture of Hugh P. Donnelly
CA Blue Book (19??)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1934 Democratic AD-32 12469 Win
11-03-1936 Democratic AD-32 15503 Win
11-08-1938 Democratic AD-32 19351 Win
11-05-1940 Democratic AD-32 15090 Win
11-03-1942 Democratic SD-22 16006 Win
11-05-1946 Democratic SD-22 18891 Win
11-07-1950 Democratic SD-22 29671 Win
11-02-1954 Democratic SD-22 34144 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic SD-22 42922 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic SD-22 32230 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 16, 1890 in Omaha, Nebraska
Married: Frances Thelma
Children: James H., Hugh P., and Rosemary Bristow
Died: August 1969 in Sacramento, CA

1939: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1940: U.S. Presidential Elector

  • Supreme Court Decision: In June 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law authored by Hugh P. Donnelly, SB 413 (1945), was unconstitutional. The law, which prohibited the sale of fishing licenses to persons "ineligible to citizenship", was found to violate the Fourteenth Amendment. (Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission, 334 U.S. 410)
  • Legislation: Author of SB 1598 (1955) which made it a misdemeanor to include a "horror comic book" in the sale of any other publication. A "horror comic book" is any comic which depicts the commission of the crime of arson, assault with caustic chemicals, assault with a deadly weapon, burlary, kidnapping, mayhem, murder, rape, robbery, theft, or voluntary manslaughter. (Ch. 215, Stats of 1955)
    Horror Comic Book

Source: California Blue Book (1938), (1958)

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