Alfred E. Alquist
Born: August 2, 1908 in Memphis, Tennessee
Married: Mai Phillips (m. 1934, d. 1989), Elaine Alquist (m. 1993)
Child: Alan Russell
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: March 28, 2006 in Sacramento, CA
1979: The last bill to have a veto overridden by the California Legislature was SB 91 (1979; Alquist), which was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.
- Legislative Altercation: In 1985, Assemblyman Steve Peace called Alquist "a pitiful little creature", prompting the Senator to write a short letter to Peace, saying "You obviously have some very severe problems. I would suggest you immediately seek psychiatric help."
- LEGISLATION: Author of Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (1972), which required the creation of state earthquake hazard maps by the state, and the disclosure of earthquake hazards during the sale of real estate.
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB 976 (1993), which required that all applicants for an original driver's license or identification card provide documentation that the applicant's presence in the United States is legal and authorized.
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB 1 (1995), which created the Department of Information Technology (DOIT). The Department was allowed to sunset in 2002. [Chapter 508, Statutes of 1995]
- PLACENAME: The Alquist State Office Building in San Jose was named to honor Senator Alquist on August 19, 1983.
- PLACENAME: At the State Capitol, Room 5019 has been named the Senator Alfred Alquist Office Suite (in 2008). This suite is the offices of the Senate Budget Committee.
Had a spouse who also served in the legislature (although not concurrently).
Source: California Blue Book (1963), (1975)