Legislators of California: Creed Haymond

State Senator Creed Haymond

Creed Haymond

January 13th marked the 120th anniversary of the death of State Senator Creed Haymond, likely one of the most brilliant individuals to ever serve in the California Legislature.

Haymond, a native of Virginia, served in the Senate from 1876-1879, but his most lasting legacy was a result of his earlier work as the Chairman of the California Code Commission from 1870 to 1872. It was during this time that Haymond and the other two members of the Commission (John H. McKune and John C. Burch) restructured the laws of California from a year-based system used up to that point to the code-based system we have used since.

Prior to the reorganization of the state laws, statutes were referred to by their chapter number (as in “Statutes of 1850, Chapter 6”, which created the office of Secretary of State). The major weakness of this ordering system was that laws relating to a single subject (like “toll bridges” or “the state militia”) might be spread throughout twenty different books of Statutes.

The new system of organization divided up the previously passed legislation (1850-1870) into four broad subject areas. Each of these subject areas (Political, Civil, Civil Procedure, and Penal) became a code. Each of these code books has grown since 1870, but none more than the Political Code.

Since 1872, the Political Code has grown so much that it has split into several newer codes, including the Education, Elections, Government, Harbors and Navigation, Military and Veteran, Public Resources, Revenue and Taxation, Streets and Highways, and the Vehicle Code.


Of the three members of the Code Revision Commission, contemporary accounts give the largest share of the credit to Haymond, who was rumored to have memorized nearly all of California’s statutes in order to accomplish the rewriting of the laws.

After his death, Assemblyman Grove Johnson noted that “Creed Haymond was a man whose like we will perhaps never see again. His virtues were many; his faults were few.”

State Senator Paul Lunardi (1921-2013)

Paul Lunardi

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that former Assemblyman Paul Lunardi died last Friday.

Lunardi served three terms in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate in a 1963 Special Election to replace Ronald G. Cameron. Lunardi would eventually serve in the Senate for five years.

Prior to his legislative service, Lunardi served on the Roseville City Council and played a critical role in that city during the era of rapid growth during the 1950s. According to the city history on the official Roseville city website;

“During the 1950s, one name stands out above all others on a list of exceptionally competent council members. That name is Paul J. Lunardi who served on the Council between 1950 and 1959, including two terms (1954 and 1958) as mayor.”

Lunardi most recently visited the Senate Chambers in 2012, when he was presented with a resolution by Senator Ted Gaines.

John P. Quimby (1935-2012)

John P. Quimby

The family of former Assemblyman John P. Quimby announced that he died on Sunday night. Quimby, who served as a member of the San Bernardino City Council starting in the early 1950s, is probably best remembered for legislation he authored in1965 that required developers to set aside land or money for construction of local parks as a condition for construction.

Quimby later served as the lobbyist for the County of San Bernardino. Regarding the unfortunate need for local governments to lobby the state government, Quimby famously commented;

“I wish government wasn’t for sale like this, but the fact is you have to hustle to get your share. Local governments without lobbyists see the ones with representation doing better so they say, ‘We need to get our butts on board and get one or they’re going to steal everything from us.”