Courken George Deukmejian
Born: June 6, 1928 in Albany, New York
Married: Gloria M. Saatjian (in 1957)
Children: Leslie, George and Andrea
Military Service: ARMY
1970: Primary Candidate for Attorney General (Lost)
1969-1970: Majority Leader, California State Senate
1974-1979: Minority Leader, California State Senate
1979: Resigned from the State Senate on January 8.
- LEGISLATION: Author of the Campbell-Moretti-Deukmejian Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 1972 (an assessment of the drug abuse problem in California).
- Deukmejian holds the modern record for the most bills vetoed in a single year (436 in 1990) and Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the modern record for vetoing the highest percentage of bills (35.17% in 2008). Prior to 1966, Governors were able to use a 'pocket veto' to kills bills, and the all-time record is held by Governor Friend William Richardson who used the 'pocket veto' to kill 519 of the 999 bills presented to him (51.95%) in 1925. Source: Peter Detwiler, Senate Local Government Committee
- UNACKNOWLEDGED API: This elected official was excluded from the "History of Asian Americans in the California Legislature" by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, although this person is Armenian-American and Armenia is in Asia (Source).
- PLACENAME: The Deukmejian Wilderness Park is located near Glendale.
- In 1983, Deukmejian was the target of three attempted recalls (the first led by Michael Greenspan and Charles Brookey, the second by M. P. Baltzer, George Baltzer, Johnny Van Pelt, and Cynthia Van Pelt, and the third by R. Ahl). The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1985, Deukmejian was the target of an attempted recall led by Michael Bogatirev. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1986, Deukmejian was the target of three attempted recalls (the first led by Michael Bogatirev, Timothy Grady, and Harry Snell and the other two recalls led by Michael Bogatirev, Timothy Grady). The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1987, Deukmejian was the target of an attempted recall by Michael Bogatirev and Douglas Cupp Sr. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1988, Deukmejian was the target of an attempted recall by Michael Bogatirev and Russ Farrer. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1989, Deukmejian was the target of two attempted recalls by Michael Bogatirev. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
Source: California Blue Book (1963), (1971)