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Randolph Collier


Picture of Randolph Collier
CA Blue Book (1954)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1938 Republican SD-02 7673 Win
11-03-1942 Republican SD-02 8123 Win
11-05-1946 Republican SD-02 8669 Win
11-07-1950 Republican SD-02 13011 Win
11-02-1954 Republican SD-02 12877 Win
11-04-1958 Republican SD-02 15480 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic SD-02 14917 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic SD-01 81829 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic SD-01 95998 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic SD-01 132770 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic SD-01 106555 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: July 26, 1902 in Etna, CA
Married: Aida (m. 1945, div. 1970), Barbara Ferris Hamoui
Children: John, Suzanne, Camille, Natasha, Barbara, Suzanne and Samira
Died: August 2, 1983 in Sacramento, CA

Previous: Police Court Judge
1959: While serving in the State Senate, changed party affiliation mid-term from Republican to Democratic on June 8.
1961: President Kennedy offered to appoint Collier to the Federal Roads Commission

  • LEGISLATION: Collier was the Principal Author of the Collier-Burns Act of 1947 which created California's highway network and earned him the title of "Father of the Freeway System" for his work promoting the construction of freeways throughout the state.
  • FATHER OF THE CODE: Collier and Oliver J. Carter authored SB 945 (1943), which established the California Water Code.
  • PLACENAME: The "Randolph Collier Tunnel" is located along US Highway 199 near the Oregon State Line and the Randolph E. Collier (Klamath) Rest Stop along I-5, is located 2.5 mi N of Route 96." - Source:
  • FAMILY CONNECTION: Samira Collier Watt worked at the State Capitol for 40 years, including more than two decades in the Senate Human Resources office. Sam retired in late 2017, citing the failure of the HR office to either place Senator Tony Mendoza on leave or relocate the female staffer who was the target of his alleged sexual misconduct. [Source: Capitol Public Radio]

Source: California Blue Book (1963)
Source: "California Senate Knew Of Sexual Misconduct Claim But Left Young Woman In Lawmaker’s Office, Critics Question HR Competency" by Ben Adler, Capitol Public Radio (1/2/2018)