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Jesse Unruh

Jesse UnruhAKA Jesse Marvin Unruh

Born: 30-Sep-1922
Birthplace: Newton, KS
Died: 4-Aug-1987
Location of death: Marina Del Rey, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Prostate
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Speaker of California State Assembly

Democrat. One of the most powerful California politicians, for many years he was Speaker of the California State Assembly, the same position later held by Willie Brown with similar dexterity. Unruh ran for Governor in 1970 but lost to Ronald Reagan, and subsequently lost the 1973 election for Mayor of Los Angeles to Tom Bradley. In 1974 he became State Treasurer, serving three terms. Strangely, his name is largely forgotten today. Best quote, "If you can't drink a lobbyist's whiskey, take his money, sleep with his women and still vote against him in the morning, you don't belong in politics."

Wife: Virginia June Lemon (m. 1943, div. 1974 or 1975, four sons, one daughter)
Daughter: Linda Lu Unruh
Son: Bruce
Son: Bradley
Son: Robert
Son: Randall
Wife: Chris Edwards (m. Oct-1986, until his death)

    University: BA Political Science and Journalism, University of Southern California (1948)

    Treasurer of California (1974-87)
    California State Assembly (1955-70, as Speaker, 1961-69)
    American Legion

    The Candidate (29-Jun-1972) · Himself

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