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Nicholas C. Petris


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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: Author of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (1971) which, among other effects, ended the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill.
  • LEGISLATION: Co-Author (with Senator Short and Assemblyman Lanterman) of SB 677 (1967), which required the CA Department of Mental Health "to plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into... the causes and cures of homosexuality, and into methods of identifying potential sex offenders."
  • 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)

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