Kenneth Leon Maddy
Born: May 22, 1934 in Santa Monica, CA
Married: Beverly Chinello, Norma Foster, [engaged to Marie Moretti (sister of Bob Moretti)
Children: Deanna Hose, Donald Paul Maddy, and Marilyn Geis
Military Service: USAF
Died: February 19, 2000 in Sacramento, CA
1978: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1979-1983: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
1987-1995: Minority Leader, California State Senate
1999: Governor Gray Davis declared December 2nd as "Ken Maddy Day" [Honorary Day]
- LEGISLATION: Author of the Dixon-Zenovich-Maddy California Arts Act of 1975, which established the California Arts Council.
- PLACENAME: The portion of Route 99 constructed to freeway standards near the City of Livingston is officially named the "Kenneth L. Maddy" Freeway.
- PLACENAME: The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute is located at CSU Fresno
- PLACENAME: The Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is located at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
- In 2015, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) established the Kenneth L. Maddy Award to recognize a member of the California Legislature who has shown extraordinary dedication to California's Thoroughbred industry.
- The coup to remove Maddy as Senate Minority Leader, which took place on August 24, 1995, has been cited by several longtime staffers as a major turning point in the increasingly partisan legislature of the 1990s-2000s.
Source: California Blue Book (1971), (1975)