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Laughlin E. Waters


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1946 Republican AD-58 25437 Win
11-02-1948 Republican AD-58 30870 Win
11-07-1950 Republican AD-58 26177 Win
11-04-1952 Republican AD-58 51737 Win

Candidate Biography:

Laughlin Edward Waters, Sr.
Born: August 16, 1914 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Voula (m. 1953)
Children: Laughlin Jr., Maura, Deirdre, Megan and Eileen
Family: Son of Frank J. Waters Sr., and brother of Frank J. Waters Jr.
University: University of Southern California (JD; 1947)
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: June 3, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA

1945-1946: Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General Robert W. Kenny
1953: Resigned from the State Assembly on July 30.
1953-1961: U.S. Attorney of the Southern California District
1966: Early Primary Candidate for Governor (Withdrew)
1976-1990s: Justice, Federal Court of Appeals for the Central District of California

  • Waters was the judge in a 1996 trial which convicted Richard Schwartz and former Secret Service officer Randolph Espinosa of selling memorabilia with the forged signature of Ronald Reagan.
  • According to his Los Angeles Times obituary by Myrna Oliver, Waters was an infantry officer "who led a rifle company onto Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day."

Source: California Blue Book (1950), (1954)
Source: "Laughlin E. Waters, 87; U.S. District Judge and Politician" by Myrna Oliver, Los Angeles Times (6/6/2002)