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John P. Quimby


Picture of John P. Quimby
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-72 47527 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-72 59344 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic AD-72 40438 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-72 48943 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-72 47815 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-72 51160 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 12, 1935 in Prescott, Arizona
Married: Gladys George
Children: Virginia, Mary Louise, John Jr., Kimberley, and Kenny
Died: December 22, 2012 in Carmichael, CA

1959-1963: Member, San Bernardino City Council
1974: Primary Candidate for AD-72 (Lost)
1980-2011: Lobbyist, County of San Bernardino

  • At the time, Quimby was the youngest-ever member of the City Council; elected at age 22.
  • Quimby was 27 when elected to the Assembly in 1962.
  • An incumbent who lost their party primary (in 1974). 
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Quimby Act (1965)  which requires developers to set aside 2.5 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents or donate money to parks departments if they build within a one-mile radius of a park. 
  • QUOTABLE: "I wish government wasn't for sale like this, but the fact is you have to hustle to get your share. Local governments without lobbyists see the ones with representation doing better so they say, 'We need to get our butts on board and get one or they're going to steal everything from us.'" [CalTax website] 
  • PLACENAME: John Quimby Park is located in the City of Los Angeles.
  • DEPARTURE: "Former Assemblyman John Quimby got a full pension for disabling alcoholism at age 40 after his defeat for reelection in 1974. He is still entitled to the pension, which is $19,550 this year, despite apparent rehabilitation and a successful career as a lobbyist." ("Some State Pensions Climb into High Brackets" by the UPI, Lodi News-Sentinel, 9/2/1982)

Source: California Blue Book (1963), (1967), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1969)
Source: "The 'Spending Lobby' Allies Push for Taxes" by Ron Roach, Cal-Tax Digest (November 1997)