Leroy F. GreeneDemocratic
Born: January 31, 1918 in Newark, New Jersey
Married: Denny (m. 1941, d. 1991), Syma Reynolds (m. 1995)
Child: Denny Lee
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: September 29, 2002 in Carmichael, CA
Previous: President, California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers
- LEGISLATION: In the wake of Shrimpscam, Greene authored Senate Rule 12.3, establishing the Senate Committee on Ethics.
- LEGISLATION: The Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 requires the State Allocation Board to certify that funding to provide funding for modernization and construction of school facilities is sufficient to complete the project.
- PLACENAME: Leroy F. Greene Middle School, located Sacramento, opened in the September 1994. It closed in 2010, and reopened in 2012 as the Leroy Greene Academy. The Leroy Greene Academy was established in 2012 as a dependent charter in the Natomas Unified School District.
- QUOTABLE: "Then I wrote, much later in life, when I'm in the Legislature, and we have the Hispanic Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Women's Caucus, the Rural Caucus, the Urban Caucus, and the caucus, all these caucuses. I would like to dump all of them. Look at everybody in all these caucuses. You're not going to find anybody that doesn't have two eyes, one nose, two ears, one heart, brain, stomach etc. Excusing some plumbing differences, the males and the females are pretty much alike too. So why not dump all these caucuses? Concentrate on a human caucus." Source: Oral History Interview by Donald B. Seney (State Government Oral History Project)
- QUOTABLE: "Due to term limits, the legislator has just enough time to make mistakes but not enough time to profit from correcting them."
- OUCH: In April 26, 1985, Senator Greene was injured in a car crash at 1:05 AM when he "apparently fell asleep at the wheel." The vehicle, traveling eastbound I-80 in Davis, hit the center divide and rolled twice, throwing Greene (not wearing a seatbelt) through the windshield. (Source: "State senator hurt when car rolls over", Daily Breeze (4/27/1985)
Supreme Court Decision: In May 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law that Leroy Greene had introduced, SB 485 (1992), was unconstitutional. The law, which limited welfare benefits available to new California residents, was found to violate the fourteenth Amendment. Although the bill was introduced by Greene, but he was later removed as author and Mike Thompson jockeyed the bill. (Saenz v. Roe, 526 U.S. 489)
Source: California Blue Book (1963), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1969), (1979)