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Sam Yorty


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CA Blue Book (19??)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1936 Democratic AD-64 17791 Win
11-08-1938 Democratic AD-64 16310 Win
11-03-1942 Democratic AD-64 8224 Loss
04-05-1949 Democratic AD-64 6799 Win
11-07-1950 Democratic CD-14 47653 Win
11-04-1952 Democratic CD-26 157973 Win
11-02-1954 Democratic Senate3 1788071 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Samuel William Yorty
Born: October 1, 1909 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Military Service: ARMY (WWI), USAAF (WWII)
Died: June 5, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA

1940: Chair, Assembly Relief Investigating Committee on Subversive Activities
1940: Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost; 7.4%)
1956: Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost)
1961-1973: Mayor, City of Los Angeles
1964: Chairman, Delegates to the Democratic Convention who state no preference for President.
1966: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1970: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost)
1972: Primary Candidate for President (Lost)
1980: [Republican] Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost; 28.6%)
1981: Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles (Lost)

  • LEGISLATION: Co-Author of AB1xxxx of 1940, which effectively outlawed the Communist Party in California. The law, in part, stated "No party shall be recognized or qualified to participate in any primary election which uses or adopts as any part of its party designation the word "communist" or any derivative of the word "communist."
  • On May 21, 1962, Malcolm X denounced Mayor Yorty as a "professional liar" during a speech in Los Angeles

Source: California Blue Book (1938)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []