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Rod Diridon


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Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1980 Democratic SD-12 55374 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Rodney J. "Rod" Diridion
Born: February 8, 1939
Married: Mary Ann Diridon, Dr. Gloria Duffy (President and CEO, Commonwealth Club of California)
Children: Mary Margaret and Rod Jr.*

1971-1975: Member, Saratoga City Council
1975-1994: Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
2006: Executive Director, Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies
2006-2010: Member, California High-Speed Rail Authority Board

  • PLACENAME: The Amtrak/CalTrain Station in San Jose was renamed the San Jose Diridon Station in 1994. 
  • Rod Diridon Jr was a 2002 Primary candidate for AD-22. He lost with 35.8%. He was a member of the Santa Clara City Council from 1996 to 2004 and City Clerk and Auditor from 2004-Present. Diridon Jr. filed for a second AD-22 run in 2008, but withdrew from the race in November 2007.
  • LEGAL TROUBLES: In 1987, the five members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors were sentenced to 10 days in jail for failing to provide additional jail cells to ease overcrowding prison. The five Supervisors were Rod Diridon, Dianne McKenna, Zoe Lofgren, Suzanne Wilson and Tom Legan.

Source: "Officials Sentenced in Jail Case", New York Times (3/17/1987)