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  Deukmejian, George
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NameGeorge Deukmejian
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Long Beach, California , United States
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Born July 06, 1928
DiedMay 08, 2018 (89 years)
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May 08, 2018 06:35pm
Tags Caucasian - Moderate-to-Conservative - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Gay Marriage - Internationalist - Pro School Vouchers - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Life - Pro-Term Limits - Pro-Tort Reform - Episcopalian -
InfoBorn in Menands, New York, Deukmejian grew up there as well. He is the son of Armenian immigrants from Iran. He graduated a B.A. in Sociology from Siena College in 1949. He then earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from St. John's University in 1952. From 1953 to 1955, he served as a lawyer in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps.

He moved to California in 1955, where his sister, Mrs. Anna Ashjian, already lived. His sister introduced him to Gloria Saatjian, whose parents were also Armenian immigrants. They married in 1958 and had three children, two daughters, born in 1965 and 1970 and one son, born in 1967.

In California, he first entered private practice, but soon entered politics. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1962, representating Long Beach. In 1966, he moved to the State Senate. By 1969, he was the majority leader in the State Senate. He first ran for Attorney General of California in 1970, finishing fourth in the Republican primary. He won the election for Attorney General in 1978 and served from 1979 to 1983.

In 1982, he was elected to his first term as Governor of California, defeating Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in the general election by a margin so narrow that on election night, some news organizations had even made early projections of a Bradley victory. He defeated Bradley by a 61% to 37% landslide in their 1986 rematch. Deukmejian served as governor from 1983 to 1991.

Asked why he ran for the office of Governor, Deukmejian replied, "Attorneys General don't appoint judges - Governors do." During his eight- year term, Deukmejian appointed 1,000 judges, and by the time he left office, he had appointed the majority of California State Supreme Court Justices then serving on the bench.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/10/1990-08/15/1990 Field Poll 53.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 4.0) 2.00% ( 4.0)
02/10/1990-02/15/1990 Field Poll 53.00% ( 8.0) 41.00% ( 4.0) 6.00% ( 4.0)
10/10/1989-10/15/1989 Field Poll 61.00% ( 3.0) 37.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 3.0)
04/10/1989-04/15/1989 Field Poll 58.00% ( 7.0) 37.00% ( 6.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
01/10/1989-01/15/1989 Field Poll 65.00% ( 1.0) 31.00% ( 1.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
07/10/1988-07/15/1988 Field Poll 66.00% ( 4.0) 30.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 4.0)
02/10/1988-02/15/1988 Field Poll 62.00% ( 5.0) 30.00% ( 2.0) 8.00% ( 3.0)
11/10/1987-11/15/1987 Field Poll 67.00% ( 0.0) 28.00% ( 9.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
08/10/1987-08/15/1987 Field Poll 67.00% ( 2.0) 37.00% ( 7.0) 6.00% ( 1.0)
04/10/1987-04/15/1987 Field Poll 65.00% ( 4.0) 30.00% ( 4.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)

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INFORMATION LINKS
Governor George Deukmejian Inaugural Address January 3, 1983  Discuss
Governor George Deukmejian Inaugural Address January 5, 1987  Discuss
RACES
  11/04/1986 CA Governor Won 60.54% (+23.16%)
  06/03/1986 CA Governor - R Primary Won 93.58% (+87.17%)
  11/02/1982 CA Governor Won 49.27% (+1.19%)
  06/08/1982 CA Governor - R Primary Won 51.08% (+6.33%)
  11/07/1978 CA Attorney General Won 52.88% (+9.44%)
  06/06/1978 CA Attorney General - R Primary Won 64.96% (+29.92%)
  11/02/1976 CA State Senate 31 Won 52.37% (+4.73%)
  11/07/1972 CA State Senate 37 Won 68.19% (+36.39%)
  06/09/1970 CA Attorney General - R Primary Lost 10.65% (-45.07%)
  11/07/1968 CA State Senate 37 Won 90.98% (+81.97%)
  11/08/1966 CA State Senate 37 Won 68.74% (+37.48%)
  11/03/1964 CA State Assembly 39 Won 66.96% (+33.91%)
  11/06/1962 CA State Assembly 39 Won 56.07% (+12.14%)
ENDORSEMENTS
CA District 24 - Open Primary - Jun 07, 2016 R K.H. "Katcho" Achadjian
CA State Senate 16- R Primary - Jun 08, 2010 R Philip Wyman
CA Governor - R Primary - Jun 08, 2010 NPA Steve Poizner
CA District 04 - R Primary - Jun 03, 2008 R Doug Ose
CA State Assembly 25 - R Primary - Jun 06, 2006 R Tom Berryhill