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James A. Hayes


Picture of James A. Hayes
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1966 Republican AD-39 50721 Win
11-05-1968 Republican AD-39 66891 Win
11-03-1970 Republican AD-39 55576 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 5, 1921 in Fowler, CA
Married: Janne Mentzel, Sonja Pederson Hayes
Children: Joan, Judith, James Jr., and Jeffrey
Military Service: USN (WWII)
Died: August 10, 2000 in Lomita, CA

1963-1966: Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach
1969-1971: Member, California Judicial Council
1972: Resigned from the State Assembly on August 31.
1972-1979: Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

  • As a newscaster for CBS, he handled the broadcasting assignment for the first atomic bomb test on Bikini Atoll in 1946 (Operation Crossroads). [Source: 1967 Blue Book]
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the California Public Records Act (1968) with Assemblymen Bill BagleyHarvey JohnsonBob BeverlyPatrick D. McGeeDavid Negri (and Senator Milton Marks). The PRA establishes that "public records are open to inspection at all times during the office hours of the state or local agency and every person has a right to inspect any public record."

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1969)
Source: Oral History Interview [PDF Document]. California State Archives
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)