Grace S. DorrisRepublican
Born: March 14, 1887 in California
Died: December 29, 1968 in California
- NOTE: One of the first women to serve in the Assembly in 1919.
- LEGISLATION: Dorris introduced legislation urging the U.S. Congress to pass the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote nationally). She also introduced several bills that would have shortened the workday of domestic servants to 10 hours and another to permit public defenders in California courts.
- While running for reelection in 1920, Grace Dorris lost the Republican nomination to Democrat Franklin Heck. As a result, Dorris did not appear on the 1920 General Election ballot but still received nearly 36% of the vote as a write-in candidate. Dorris is the earliest known write-in Assembly candidate to appear on a General Election ballot.