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Byron D. Sher


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-21 57903 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-21 64367 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-21 79488 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-21 59042 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-21 101243 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-21 62719 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-21 105327 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-21 79186 Win
03-26-1996 Democratic SD-11 104208 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic SD-11 177155 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic SD-11 183887 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 7, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri
Married: Linda B. Sher (m. 1954, d. 2014)
Children: Adrienne, Benjamin and Katherine
University: University of Southern California

1965-1967: Member, Palo Alto City Council
1973-1980: Member, Palo Alto City Council
1974-1975: Mayor, City of Palo Alto
1976-1977: Chairman, Stanford Human Relations Commission
1977-1978: Mayor, City of Palo Alto
1996: Resigned from the State Assembly on March 28.
2009-Present: Member, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

  • LEGISLATION: Author of Groundwater Protection Act (1983), California Clean Air Act (1988), and the California Safe Drinking Water Act (1989).
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 939 (1989), which created the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
  • Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand 
  • PLACENAME: The Byron Sher Auditorium is located in the California EPA Building, at 1001 I Street in Sacramento.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1981), (1994)
Source: California Blue Book (2000)