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Kenneth A. Meade


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-16 34423 Loss
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-16 44777 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-16 65627 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic AD-12 63147 Win

Candidate Biography:

Kenneth Arnold Meade
Born: September 27, 1938 in Ross, CA
Married: Sharon Gilberd (m. 1964, div.)
Children: Kelly and Tyler
Died: March 29, 2023 in Berkeley, CA

1972: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • Legislative Altercation: On March 21, 1974, Meade fought with Assemblyman Lou Papan. Papan got a black eye, but Meade had to get 15 stitches to fix a head wound and was hospitalized for two days. According to Papan's Oral History Project interview, the cause of the fight was caused by a misunderstanding over Papan's refusal to vote for a Meade bill in Committee. An article in the LA Times described the injuries as "Meade suffered a black eye, a deep cut above the right eye that required stitches and a possible concussion, while Papan was unmarked... The San Francisco Examiner Thursday said Meade threw a cup of coffee in Papan's face and Papan retaliated with a fist to Meade's eye..."

Source: California Blue Book (1971), (1975)
Source: "Legislator Injured in Capitol Incident Leaves Hospital" by Jerry Gillam, Los Angeles Times (5/22/1974)
Source: "Remembering Ken Meade, California Assembly member, sailor, golfer" ( 7/12/2023