I attended Pasadena Community College and from there, the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. I worked in advertising design and commercial art for a number of years. I was married and have two talented and wonderful sons, Timothy and Christopher. In 1956, I became a political volunteer for the Adlai Stevenson campaign which led to my political career.
For ten years, I served as Administrative Assistant to Assemblyman Harvey Johnson. In 1978, I successfully ran for the Assembly and served for 14 years. I chaired the Environmental Safety Committee for twelve of those years. Among the many bills that I authored was the California Automobile Lemon Law, as well as many laws relative to the protection of the environment.
After my retirement in 1992, I moved with a friend, Patricia Hofstetter, to Ferndale in Northern California. Pat and I started the Ferndale Democratic Caucus, which meets monthly at our home. We enjoy fishing and participate in the catch and release CAL-ORE Steelhead Derby, which we have won twice. My hobbies are reading, painting, and fishing.
Being a part of the California State Capitol Family was a very special time in my life. Thank you.