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John V. Briggs


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Republican AD-69 37062 Loss
11-03-1964 Republican AD-69 49585 Loss
11-08-1966 Republican AD-35 54058 Win
11-05-1968 Republican AD-35 72237 Win
11-03-1970 Republican AD-35 60726 Win
11-07-1972 Republican AD-35 82430 Win
11-05-1974 Republican AD-69 42677 Win
11-02-1976 Republican SD-35 128004 Win
11-04-1980 Republican SD-35 153265 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 8, 1930 in South Dakota
Married: Carmen Nicasio (in 1951)
Children: Kathleen, Dan, and Ronald*
Military Service: USAF (Korea)

1971-1972: Member, Western Interstate Nuclear Board
1978: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1981: Resigned from the State Senate on December 28.

  • Legislation: Author of Proposition 6 (1978) (would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California's public schools.)
  • Ronald V. Briggs is a member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (2006-Present).
  • Silver Screen: John Briggs was portrayed by Denis O'Hare in the movie "Milk" (2008).
  • Terrorism: On November 21, 1977, two members of the terrorist group "Weather Underground" were arrested while trying to bomb a district office of Senator Briggs. They were Thomas Michael Justsen and Marc Curtis Perry.

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1973)
Source: "Conspiracy to bomb solon's office foiled" by the UPI, Lodi News-Sentinel (11/22/1977), p. 8

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