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Gray Davis

Democratic

Picture of Gray Davis
Photo by Mike Taylor
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-43 77081 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-43 87965 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic Controller 3673432 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic Controller 4153534 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 4441429 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic Governor 4858817 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic Governor 3533490 Win
Website: www.gray-davis.com
Email address: gdavis@loeb.com
 

Candidate Biography:

Joseph Graham Davis, Jr.
Born: December 26, 1942 in New York, New York
Married: Sharon Ryer
Military Service: ARMY (Vietnam)

197?: Finance Director, Tom Bradley for Mayor of Los Angeles
1974: Primary Candidate for Treasurer (Lost)
1975-1981: Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown
1992: Primary Candidate for US Senate (Lost)
1999: As Governor, Davis ended the state appeal of a ruling against Proposition 187, effectively ending its implementation.
2003: Davis became the first US Governor to be recalled in 82 years.
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • During his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
  • In 1985, Davis worked with dairy producers and grocery stores to start a program that printed pictures of missing or abducted children on milk cartons and grocery bags.
  • PLACENAME: On May 11, 2007, the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority dedicated the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center to honor Davis and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg
  • In 1999, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Glenn J. Spencer and 73 others. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 2003, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Edward L. Nicholson and 9 others. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 2003, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Edward J. Costa and 98 others. The recall qualified for the ballot and succeeded (55.4% in favor; 44.6% opposed).


Source: California Legislature Handbook (1983)
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)

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