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Joseph C. Shell


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-10-1953 Republican AD-58 16467 Win
11-02-1954 Republican AD-58 31045 Win
11-06-1956 Republican AD-58 40886 Win
11-04-1958 Republican AD-58 32523 Win
11-08-1960 Republican AD-58 37085 Win

Candidate Biography:

Joseph Claude Shell, Sr.
Born: September 7, 1918 in La Conner, Washington
Married: Barbara Morton (m. 1940, div. 1968), Mary Kay Shell (m. 1970)
Child: Barbara Dorothy, Joseph C. Jr., David Morton, and Harold Allen
University: University of Southern California (BS; Business Administration, 1940)
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: April 7, 2008 in Bakersfield, CA

1959-1963: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
1962: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1989-1991: Member, Agricultural Labor Relations Board

  • Shell was the Captain of the 1939 USC team which won the Rose Bowl that year.
  • Mary Kay Shell was a former mayor of Bakersfield (1981-1985) and Kern County Supervisor (1985-1997)

Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1958), (1961)