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John F. "Jack" McCarthy


Picture of John F. McCarthy
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-01-1950 Nonpartisan SD-13 9636 Win
11-04-1952 Republican SD-13 36128 Win
11-06-1956 Republican SD-13 41457 Win
11-08-1960 Republican SD-13 47803 Win
11-03-1964 Republican SD-13 45808 Win
11-08-1966 Republican SD-04 76003 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 18, 1924 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Ursula Mulligans
Children: Five sons and two daughters (including Paul, Robert, Brian, and Sean)
Family: Brother of Robert I. McCarthy
Military Service: Merchant Marine (WWII)
Died: February 1981 in Belvedere Tiburon, CA

1962: Primary Candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Lost)
1963-1964: Minority Leader, California State Senate
1967-1968: Minority Leader, California State Senate

  • Had a brother who served in the same legislative house concurrently.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the bill (1957) which created the Bay Area Rapid Transit District [BART]. 
  • PLACENAME: "The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (named in 1955) between Richmond and San Rafael in Contra Costa county was officially renamed the "John F. McCarthy Memorial Bridge"." - Source:
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: McCarthy had seven children.

Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1967)
Source: Social Security Death Index (website).