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Milton Marks


Picture of Milton Marks
CA Blue Book (1975)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1954 Republican AD-19 23768 Loss
11-04-1958 Republican AD-21 25889 Win
11-08-1960 Republican AD-21 31574 Win
11-06-1962 Republican AD-21 36348 Win
11-03-1964 Republican AD-21 44373 Win
08-15-1967 Republican SD-09 106767 Win
11-05-1968 Republican SD-09 153191 Win
11-07-1972 Republican SD-09 172071 Win
11-02-1976 Republican SD-05 73812 Win
11-04-1980 Republican SD-05 123909 Win
11-02-1982 Republican CD-05 72139 Loss
11-06-1984 Republican SD-03 181309 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic SD-03 164608 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic SD-03 225869 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: July 22, 1920 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Carolene Wachenheimer
Children: Milton III, David, and Caro
Family: Son of Milton Marks, Sr.
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: December 4, 1998 in San Francisco, CA

1952: Republican and Democratic (cross-filed) Primary Candidate for AD-21 (Lost)*
1966: Resigned from the State Assembly on October 25.
1966-1967: Justice, San Francisco Municipal Court
1986: While serving in the State Senate, changed party affiliation from Republican to Democratic on January 8th. He was selected as the Democratic Caucus Chairman the same day.

  • LEGISLATION: Author of the California Public Records Act (1968) with Assemblymen Bill BagleyHarvey JohnsonBob BeverlyJames A. HayesPatrick D. McGeeDavid Negri. The PRA establishes that "public records are open to inspection at all times during the office hours of the state or local agency and every person has a right to inspect any public record."
  • LEGISLATION: Co-Author (with RobertiMaddyDoolittle and Keene) of SB 1738 (Chapt. 84, Statutes of 1990) which established what is today known as the “Milton Marks Postgovernment Employment Restrictions Act of 1990” which prohibits former legislators from being "paid to communicate with their former colleagues in the Legislature in an attempt to influence certain actions or proceedings."
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 1510 (Chapter 2038, Stats of 1961) which created the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy with Assemblymen Jack Beaver, Gordon Winton, Nicholas Petris, and Glenn E. Coolidge. The Commission is today known as the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission.
  • QUOTEABLE: "I think I ran for office because I wanted to do something on my own. I'd been called Milton Marks, Jr. for many years. I wanted to be Milton Marks." Source: California State Archives: State Government Oral History Program 
  • TENURE: Marks tied with Vincent Thomas as the third longest serving member of the California Legislature (38 years total).
  • 1952 NOTE: Marks narrowly lost the Republican primary to Caspar W. Weinberger.
  • Both Marks and his father Milton Marks Sr. served as Chair of the Assembly Constitutional Amendments Committee. Also, after being elected to the Assembly, Marks was assigned to the same seat in the Assembly Chambers that his father had sat in when he was in the Assembly. 
  • PLACENAME: The Senator Milton Marks Branch Library of the San Francisco Public Library is named for Marks.
  • PLACENAME: The Milton Marks Conference Center is located at the State Office Building in San Francisco.
  • Milton Marks III was a member of the San Francisco City College Board (2001-2012).
  • A good article can be found at

Source: California Blue Book (1961), (1967)