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William Moseley Jones


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1932 Democratic AD-51 11379 Win
11-06-1934 Democratic AD-51 16244 Win
11-03-1936 Democratic AD-51 16657 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: July 16, 1905 in Portsmouth, Ohio
Child: One daughter
Died: March 24, 1988 in Corona Del Mar, CA

1933: Delegate, California Convention for the Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment
1935: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 25 to 52)
1937-1938: Speaker, California State Assembly
1960: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • Supreme Court Decision: In November 1941, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law authored by William Moseley Jones and Kent H. Redwine, AB 950 (1937), was unconstitutional. The law, known variously as the "Jones-Redwine Bill" or "California's Anti-Okie Law" banned the bringing into the State any indigent person who is not a resident of the State, was found to violate the Fourteenth Amendment. (Edwards v. People of State of California)
  • BI-PARTISAN COUNTY REPRESENTATION: Los Angeles County has had bipartisan representation in the California State Legislature continuously since 1933 (the longest of any of California's 58 counties). Prior to the election of this legislator (and a dozen other Democratic Assemblymembers) in 1932, Los Angeles had had not had a Democratic state legislator  since 1902.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 86 (Chapter 352, Stats of 1935) which established the California Department of Employment, today known as the Employment Development Department (EDD). The six authors were C. C. CottrellWilliam Moseley JonesJesse M. MayoWilliam B. HornblowerMelvyn Cronin, and Ray Williamson.

Source: California Blue Book (1938)