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Barry Keene


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-02 41730 Loss
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-02 59352 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic AD-02 62208 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-02 74626 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic SD-02 110899 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic SD-02 122176 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic SD-02 115756 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic SD-02 126552 Win

Candidate Biography:

Barry Dion Keene
Born: July 30, 1938 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Married: Luciemarie
Children: Sue, Joe, Tony, Patty, and Nancy

Previous: Assembly Fellow, Criminal Procedure Committee
1965-1968: Staff Attorney, California Constitutional Revision Commission
1968-19??: Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County
1983-1985: Member, California Judicial Council
1985-1992: Majority Leader, California State Senate
1992: Resigned from the State Senate on December 15.
2000-2002: Director, California Department of General Services
2008-2010s: Member, California Student Aid Commission

  • Supreme Court Decision: In April 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) authorized the federal government to classify and to regulate the dissemination of foreign films that it identified as political propaganda. In this case, the films were three Canadian films (If You Love This Planet, Acid Rain: Requiem or Recovery, and Acid From Heaven) that Senator Keene wanted to exhibit without identifying them as foreign political propaganda because identifying it as such "denigrates the material and stigmatizes those conveying it, in a manner that mere designation of the material as `political advocacy' would not." (Meese v. Keene, 85-1180)
  • LEGISLATION: Author (with RobertiMaddy, and Doolittle) of SB 1738 (Chapt. 84, Statutes of 1990) which established what is today known as the “Milton Marks Postgovernment Employment Restrictions Act of 1990” which prohibits former legislators from being "paid to communicate with their former colleagues in the Legislature in an attempt to influence certain actions or proceedings."
  • EARTHQUAKE: The epicenter for the 1980 Eureka earthquake (a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on November 8, 1980) occured within the districts of State Senator Barry Keene and Assemblyman Douglas H. Bosco.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (1967), which required official meetings of state boards and commissions to follow rules similar to those of the Brown Act. 
  • LEGISLATION: Authored the Keene Act, the first comprehensive medical malpractice statute.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990.
  • LEGISLATION: Author, Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, which provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care.

Source: California Blue Book (1975)
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)