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John A. Murdy Jr.


Picture of John A. Murdy Jr.
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1952 Republican SD-35 88847 Win
11-06-1956 Republican SD-35 109011 Win
11-08-1960 Republican SD-35 171014 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 25, 1900 near Tolstoy, South Dakota
Married: Norma Emma Lorbeer (m. 1922)
Children: John III, Maxine Trotter and Dorothy Miller
Military Service: ARMY (WWI)
Died: May 20, 1990 in Newport Beach, CA

Previous: President, California Lima Bean Growers Association
Previous: Member, Orange County Production Credit Association Board of Directors
1949-1970: Member, Whittier College Board of Trustees
1952-1967: Founding President, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach)
1965–1973: Member, James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors

  • As Orange County's only state senator from 1952-64, Murdy concentrated heavily on water conservation and introduced legislation that helped create many of the county's water projects. (Source)
  • As a member of the Senate Finance and Education committees, Murdy "took a key role in the legislative process for the establishment of the University of California at Irvine, and California State University at Fullerton." (Source)
  • John III was a member of the California Fish and Game Commission (1985-????)

Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1963)
"John Murdy Jr., State Senator in 1952-64, Dies" by Allison Samuels, LA Times (5/22/1990)
"John A. Murdy III, Businessman and Rancher, Dies at 62 After a Stroke" by Staff, Los Angeles Times, 1/4/1991