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Alan Robbins


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Date Party Office Votes Result
02-27-1973 Democratic SD-22 41497 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic SD-20 94837 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic SD-20 92969 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic SD-20 85744 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic SD-20 99174 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic SD-20 73610 Win

Candidate Biography:

Alan E. Robbins
Born: February 5, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Married: Miriam Elbaum
Children: Jacob and Leah
Military Service:  ANG, ARMY, USNR

1991: Resigned from the State Senate on November 20.

During his 19 years in the Senate, Robbins was the author of 448 bills that became law.

  • LEGISLATION: Author of Proposition 1 (1979), a constitutional amendment that ended mandatory busing of K-12 students.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 1432 (1984) which ended Admission Day's status as a regular state holiday (Chapter 228 of 1984).
  • In 1980, Robbins was the target of three attempted recalls (the first led by Jan Tucker, the second by Andrew Sigel, and the third by S. Stevens. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 1981, Robbins was the target of an attempted recall led by Jan Tucker. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.  
  • Legal Troubles: Starting in 1993, Robbins was fined $450,000 and jailed for four and a half years at Lompoc Prison Camp after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering, income tax evasion, and soliciting and accepting bribes. His Federal Bureau of Prisons Register number was 05957-097, and he was released on 02-11-1998. In an open letter to the 1993 freshman class of legislators, Robbins wrote; "How long can you kid yourself into believing you are so perfect that you can accept large contributions without being influenced?"
  • LEGACY: In 2000, Lou Papan authored AB 1331 (2000) which removed Robbins' name from a number of laws, funds, and entities following his conviction of tax evasion. The renamed things included; the Robbins-Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Areias-Robbins Credit Card Full Disclosure Act of 1986, the Areias-Robbins Retail Installment Account Full Disclosure Act of 1986, the Robbins-Vuich-Calderon Financial Institutions Act of 1986, the Robbins Courthouse Construction Fund, the Robbins-Nielsen County Revenue Stabilization Act of 1987, the Statham-Robbins Courthouse Construction Fund, the Robbins-Seastrand Health Insurance Guaranty Association, the Rosenthal-Robbins Auto Insurance Nondiscrimination Law, the Robbins-McAlister Financial Responsibility Act, and the Robbins Rape Evidence Law.
  • Open Mike: After being charged with the bribery charges, Robbins agreed to wear a wire for federal agents in order to to reduce his sentence. He successfully recorded Clayton Randall Jackson, lead California Lobbyist for the American Insurance Association, offering Robbins (then the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee) a $250,000 bribe in order to defeat SB 1719 (1988), which would have abolished the minimum rate law for Workers Comp insurance in California. Jackson was convicted in December 1993. Jackson's Federal Bureau of Prisons Register number was 06751-097 and he was released on 10-12-1999. Jackson was also disbarred by the California State Bar in 1997 because his "conduct involved moral turpitude and included multiple acts of wrongdoing committed over a long period of time" and "clearly damaged public confidence in its governmental officials … (Jackson) is found to have significantly harmed the public by corrupting an important aspect of the legislative process." (Source)

Source: California Blue Book (1975)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1983)
Source: "Robbins Gets Five-Year Sentence, $475,000 Fine" by Staff, Los Angeles Times (5/2/1992)