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Dorothy M. Donahoe


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1952 Democratic AD-38 19940 Win
11-02-1954 Democratic AD-38 28919 Win
11-06-1956 Democratic AD-38 41064 Win
11-04-1958 Democratic AD-38 39338 Win

Candidate Biography:

Dorothy Margaret Donahoe
Born: February 20, 1911 in Los Angeles, CA
Died (in office): April 4, 1960

1928-1938: Secretary, Bakersfield High School
1938-1952: Registrar, Bakersfield High School

  • LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Donahoe was the first female legislator to die in office as well as the youngest female legislator to die in office. 
  • The Donahoe Education Act of 1960 was the law that created the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The Plan defined the roles of the UC, CSU, and Community College systems in California, and provides a guarantee that the top 12.5% of graduating high school seniors will be guaranteed a place in the UC system and the top third (33%) will be able to attend the CSU.
  • PLACENAME: Donahoe Hall at CSU Bakersfield is named for the Assemblywoman.

Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1961)