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Donald L. Grunsky


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1946 Republican AD-32 17163 Win
11-02-1948 Republican AD-32 24138 Win
11-07-1950 Republican AD-32 25264 Win
11-04-1952 Republican SD-23 31785 Win
11-06-1956 Republican SD-23 26487 Win
11-08-1960 Republican SD-23 28871 Win
11-03-1964 Republican SD-23 44373 Win
11-08-1966 Republican SD-17 81397 Win
11-05-1968 Republican SD-17 121999 Win
11-07-1972 Republican SD-17 132003 Win

Candidate Biography:

Donald Lucius Grunsky
Born: October 19, 1915 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Mary Lou
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: January 13, 2000 in Santa Cruz, CA

1957: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 18 to 22)
1965-1973: Member, California Judicial Council
1968: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 12 to 27)

  • NOTABLE HISTORY: As the Republican candidate for Senate President Pro Tem in 1968, Grunsky became the last person to lose an election for that office.
  • NOTABLE HISTORY: In 1952, Grunsky "became the first lawmaker in state history to be elected to his first term in the state Senate without opposition." Source: Obituary, San Francisco Chronicle (1/15/2000) 
  • LEGISLATION: According to an obituary in the Sacramento Bee: "He was credited as the principal architect of California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the driving force behind the state's no-fault divorce law and the author of legislation that outlawed loan sharking and established equal pay for equal work." (1/15/2000)
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the Grunsky-Burton "Open Meeting" Act.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB1x 6 (1966) which made LSD illegal in California. LSD became illegal nationwide in 1970.

Source: California Blue Book (1950), (1954), (1967), (1975)