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Joseph A. Rattigan


Picture of Joseph A. Rattigan
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1958 Democratic SD-12 27296 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic SD-12 37101 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 24, 1920 in Washington, D.C.
Married: Betty Gubisch (m. 1943)
Children: Catharine, Anne, Michael, Thomas, Patrick, and Timothy
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: May 12, 2007 in Santa Rosa, CA

1956-1958: Member, Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities
1966-1984: Associate Justice, First Appellate District
1967-1971: Member, California Judicial Council
1970: "He also wrote the decision that overturned the murder conviction of Black Panther leader Huey Newton, who was found innocent in his retrial." [Source: Press Democrat]
1989-19??: Member, California Fair Political Practices Commission

  • LEGISLATION: Rattigan was the author of SB 43 (1960), creating Sonoma State College.
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Rattigan had six children. 
  • PLACENAME: The Judge Joseph A. Rattigan Building was named to honor Rattigan on August 11, 1983. The Rattigan Building, at 50 "D" Street in Santa Rosa, is the home for one State Senate office and several Assembly offices.

Source: California Blue Book (1961)
Source: A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento by James R. Mills (Heyday Books; 1987)
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)