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F. Ray Bennett


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1938 Democratic AD-51 17387 Win
11-05-1940 Democratic AD-51 21495 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: May 25, 1910 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Married: Lynne
Children: Frederick and Susan Cambigue Tracey
Family: Brother of Elwyn S. Bennett
Died: January 15, 1999 in Glendale, CA

1940: Member, Assembly Investigating Committee on Interference With the Legislature ("Call Committee")*
1941-1959: Justice, Los Angeles County Municipal Court
1959-1973: Justice, Los Angeles County Superior Court
1991-1998: Justice, Los Angeles County Superior Court

  • Bennett was the only member of the Call Committee to disagree with the official findings and issue a Minority Report. Bennett felt that the bugging of "the hotel suite of Speaker Garland must be attributed to over-zealous work of detectives investigating corrupt lobbying..."
  • Bennett was was the first UCLA graduate to become a judge and in 1949 organized and served as the first president of the UCLA Alumni Law Assn. [Source: LA Times Obituary]

Source: "Assembly Investigating Committee on Interference With the Legislature" printed in the Journal of the California State Assembly, 1st Ex. Session of 1940 (pages 870-889)
Source: "Obituaries: F. Ray Bennett; Former Superior Court Judge, Two-Term Assemblyman" by Myrna Oliver, Los Angeles Times (1/21/1999) [LINK]

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