Donald L. GrunskyRepublican
Donald Lucius Grunsky
Born: October 19, 1915 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Mary Lou
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: January 13, 2000 in Santa Cruz, CA
1957: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 18 to 22)
1965-1973: Member, California Judicial Council
1968: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 12 to 27)
- NOTABLE HISTORY: As the Republican candidate for Senate President Pro Tem in 1968, Grunsky became the last person to lose an election for that office.
- NOTABLE HISTORY: In 1952, Grunsky "became the first lawmaker in state history to be elected to his first term in the state Senate without opposition." Source: Obituary, San Francisco Chronicle (1/15/2000)
- LEGISLATION: According to an obituary in the Sacramento Bee: "He was credited as the principal architect of California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the driving force behind the state's no-fault divorce law and the author of legislation that outlawed loan sharking and established equal pay for equal work." (1/15/2000)
- LEGISLATION: Author of the Grunsky-Burton "Open Meeting" Act.
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB1x 6 (1966) which made LSD illegal in California. LSD became illegal nationwide in 1970.
Source: California Blue Book (1950), (1954), (1967), (1975)