A Nice Interim

This year saw a remarkably calm end of the year in the Legislature. Compared to other years, the final week of the 2013 legislative year included some moderately late nights, but nothing too crazy.

Jonathan J. Hollibaugh

Assemblyman Jonathan J. Hollibaugh died one day after the end of the 1953 Regular Session. After packing his belongings into his car in front of the Senator Hotel (where he had been staying for the session), Hollibaugh collapsed while trying to close the car’s trunk. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During the last week of the 1870 session,  a rude comment made by an Assembly attache to Assemblyman Michael Hayes developed into a full-on bar fight. Assemblyman Charles McMillen (who was at the bar with Hayes) pulled a knife on the attache. A newspaper account notes that the Barkeeper was cut while trying to disarm Assemblyman McMillen. The fight happened at the Golden Eagle Saloon (where legislators started fights all the time).

It was in the first week after the end of the 1861 Legislative Session that Assemblyman Daniel Showalter killed Assemblyman Charles W. Piercy in a duel. The two had disagreed on who the best candidate was in that year’s U.S. Senate election, and the argument continued until a challenge was issued.

Thank goodness for quiet interim breaks.

Senator Pat Wiggins (1940-2013)

Senator Noreen Evans adjourned the Senate this morning in honor of former Senator Patricia Wiggins, who died this morning in Santa Rosa. The Times-Standard had a short article published this morning.

The Hollingsworth Succession Bill

Dennis Hollingsworth

Dennis Hollingsworth

Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the chaptering of SB 1530 (Hollingsworth), which added the offices of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Insurance Commissioner, and the Chair of the Board of Equalization to the Governor’s line of succession. Through the hard work of three Senate Fellows and an Executive Fellow, this bill added three constitutional officers into line just ahead of the Disaster Acting Governors, of whom only Earl Smittcamp remains. While it

In recognition of this anniversary, we would like to provide you with the full current line of succession to the Governor:

GovernorJerry Brown
Lt. GovernorGavin Newsom
Senate President pro TemporeDarrell Steinberg
Speaker of the AssemblyJohn A. Perez
Secretary of StateDebra Bowen
Attorney GeneralKamala Harris
TreasurerBill Lockyer
ControllerJohn Chiang
Superintendent of Public InstructionTom Torlakson
Insurance CommissionerDave Jones
Chair, Board of EqualizationJerome Horton
Disaster Acting Governor #1 – VACANT (last officeholder died 1999)
Disaster Acting Governor #2 – VACANT (last officeholder died 1970s)
Disaster Acting Governor #3 – VACANT (last officeholder died 1990s)
Disaster Acting Governor #4 – VACANT (last officeholder died 2011)
Disaster Acting Governor #5 – VACANT (last officeholder died 1990s)
Disaster Acting Governor #6Earl S. Smittcamp
Disaster Acting Governor #7 – VACANT (last officeholder died 1970s)

Additionally, the two other people whose offices could potentially allow them into the line of succession are;

Assembly Speaker Pro TemNora Campos (as the successor to the Speaker) and
Vice Chair of the Board of EqualizationMichelle Steel (as the successor to Chairman Horton)