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George N. Zenovich


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Democratic AD-32 32922 Win
11-03-1964 Democratic AD-32 39503 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic AD-32 48280 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-32 54405 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic SD-16 62640 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic SD-14 93270 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic SD-14 89153 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: April 29, 1922 in Fresno, CA
Married: Vera Sarenac (in 1955)
Children: Ninon and Marina
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: September 25, 2013 in Fresno, CA

1966-1967: Majority Leader, California State Assembly
1968: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1969-1970: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Assembly
1979: Resigned from the State Senate on March 23.
1979-2000: Associate Justice, 5th District Court of Appeal
2000: Proponent, Proposition 34 [Limits individual campaign contributions] (Passed: 60%)

  • Married Vera in the city of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Dixon-Zenovich-Maddy California Arts Act of 1975, which established the California Arts Council.
  • 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 Zenovich, 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 (1963), (1967)
Source: "Primary May 22 in Special Senate Race"; Los Angeles Times (5/24/1979)
Source: A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento by James R. Mills (Heyday Books; 1987)