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Paul T. Bannai


Picture of Paul T. Bannai
CA Blue Book (1975)
Date Party Office Votes Result
06-26-1973 Republican AD-67 10982 Win
11-05-1974 Republican AD-53 25843 Win
11-02-1976 Republican AD-53 32362 Win
11-07-1978 Republican AD-53 29844 Win
11-04-1980 Republican AD-53 28321 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: July 4, 1920 in Delta, Colorado
Married: Hideko Matsuno (in 1946)
Children: Kathryn, Don, and Lorraine
Died: September 14, 2019

Previous: Member, Gardenia Planning Commission
Previous: Member, Gardenia City Council
1980: Director, Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
1981-1985: Chief Memorial Affairs Director, National Cemetery System, Veterans Administration

  • First Japanese American elected to the State of California legislature.
  • Bannai and his family were sent to the Japanese internment camp at  Lone Pine during World War II. 
  • UNACKNOWLEDGED API: This elected official was excluded from the "History of Asian Americans in the California Legislature" by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (Source).

Source: California Blue Book (1975)