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John V. Briggs


Picture of John V. Briggs
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1962 Republican AD-69 37062 Loss
11-03-1964 Republican AD-69 49585 Loss
11-08-1966 Republican AD-35 54058 Win
11-05-1968 Republican AD-35 72237 Win
11-03-1970 Republican AD-35 60726 Win
11-07-1972 Republican AD-35 82430 Win
11-05-1974 Republican AD-69 42677 Win
11-02-1976 Republican SD-35 128004 Win
11-04-1980 Republican SD-35 153265 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 8, 1930 in South Dakota
Married: Carmen Nicasio (in 1951)
Children: Kathleen, Dan, and Ronald*
Military Service: USAF (Korea)
Died: April 15, 2020 in Placerville, CA

1971-1972: Member, Western Interstate Nuclear Board
1978: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost; 1.4%)
1981: Resigned from the State Senate on December 28.

  • Legislation: Author of Proposition 6 (1978) which would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools.
  • LEGISLATION: As a member of the Assembly Select Committee on Environmental Quality, Briggs was an author of AB 2045 (Chapt. 1433, Stats of 1970) which became the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (CEQA).
  • Ronald V. Briggs was a member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (2007-2014). He ran for El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector (lost) in 2014 and a candidate for El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in 2020.
  • Silver Screen: John Briggs was portrayed by Denis O'Hare in the movie "Milk" (2008).
  • Terrorism: On November 21, 1977, two members of the terrorist group "Weather Underground" were arrested while trying to bomb a district office of Senator Briggs. They were Thomas Michael Justsen and Marc Curtis Perry.

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1973)
Source: "Conspiracy to bomb solon's office foiled" by the UPI, Lodi News-Sentinel (11/22/1977), p. 8