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Leo T. McCarthy


Picture of Leo T. McCarthy
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-19 52630 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-19 46456 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-19 61133 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic AD-18 56779 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-18 54661 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-18 47685 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-18 63872 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 4001839 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 3957831 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic Senate1 4287253 Loss
11-06-1990 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 3874308 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 15, 1930, in Auckland, New Zealand
Married: Jacqueline Burke
Children: Sharon, Conna, Adam, and Niall
Military Service: USAF
Died: February 5, 2007 in San Francisco, CA

1959-1963: Legislative Aide, State Senator Gene McAteer
1963-1968: Member, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
1974-1980: Speaker, California State Assembly
1981-1982: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1992: Primary Candidate for US Senate (Lost)

  • LEGISLATION: Author (with Pauline L. Davis and Leon D. Ralph) of AB 23 (Ch. 1246, 1975), the Legislative Open Records Act, which requires the Legislature to make available to the public most legislative documents. 
  • In 1986, McCarthy was the target of an attempted recall by Michael Bogatirev, Timothy Grady. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • PLACENAME: The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is located at the University of San Francisco.

Source: California Blue Book (1971)