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Nicholas C. Petris


Picture of Nicholas C. Petris
CA Blue Book (1975)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1958 Democratic AD-15 32563 Win
11-08-1960 Democratic AD-15 37462 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-15 47940 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-15 52573 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic SD-11 165922 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic SD-11 183122 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic SD-11 283179 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic SD-09 132097 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic SD-09 127131 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic SD-09 192317 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic SD-09 186427 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic SD-09 227930 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 25, 1923 in Oakland, CA
Married: Anna Vlahos (in 1951)
Military Service: ARMY-OSS (WWII)
Died: March 20, 2013 in Oakland, CA

1957-1958: Member, Redevelopment Agency of Oakland
1960: Alternate Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2010s: Trustee, Junior Statesmen Foundation

  • LEGISLATION: Co-Author (with Senator Short and Assemblyman Lanterman) of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (SB 677 of 1967) which, among other effects, ended the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill.
  • LEGISLATION: The McAteer-Petris Act (1965) created the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and regulates the filling of San Francisco Bay. 
  • PLACENAME: The Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets & Consumer Welfare is located in Earl Warren Hall at UC Berkeley.
  • The Nicholas C. Petris Lecture (started in 2001) at San Francisco State University is named for Petris.
  • PLACENAME: The Senator Nicholas Petris Room (Room 3023) at Sacramento State University is named for Petris.

Source: California Blue Book (1961)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1983)
Source: A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento by James R. Mills (Heyday Books; 1987)