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John F. Dunlap


Picture of John F. Dunlap
California Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1966 Democratic AD-05 45392 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-05 45261 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-05 50110 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-05 68036 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic SD-04 103969 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic SD-04 94448 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: September 11, 1922 in San Jose, CA
Married: Janet L. Jack (in 1946)
Children: Jill Bonner, David Anderson, Peter Trask, Jane Hamilton
Family: Great grandson of Nathan Coombs, Grandson of Frank L. Coombs, nephew of Nathan F. Coombs
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: March 7, 2022 in Napa, CA

1950-1961: Member, Mt. George Union School District Board of Trustees
1964-1966: Chairman, Napa County Mental Health Advisory Board
1978-1984: Member, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board

  • On his website, Dunlap commented "The worst aspect of over-promising is that it results in public disillusionment when your solutions fall short of their mark and with disillusion comes an unwillingness to keep trying."
  • LEGISLATION: The Dunlap Act (1969) required that new coastal development dedicate trails granting public access to the ocean.
  • LEGISLATION: The Alatorre-Zenovich-Dunlap-Berman Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 establishing the right to collective bargaining for farmworkers as well as the creation of the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
  • Supreme Court Decision: In June 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a provision in a law authored by Dunlap, SB 3x1 (1975), was unconstitutional. The law, which allowed labor unions to access agricultural employer’s property to recruit new members, was found to violate the fifth and fourteenth amendments. (Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, 20-107)

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)
Source: "Obituary: Sen. John Dunlap (1922-2022)" Napa Valley Register (3/14/2022)
Source: "Former California lawmaker John Dunlap, champion of farm worker rights, dies at 99" by Guy Kovner, Press Democrat (3/11/2022)