Foran, John: Evolution of the Senate


John Foran


Foran: When George Moscone was in the Senate, it was in a transition. Again, the one person, one vote totally altered the concept of the state Senate, which was really an ‘old-boys’ club. And within that group there with the conservative factions, people like Senator Randy Collier here from Yreka and some of the other ultra, very conservative members of the Senate. But there was a faction, a faction that appealed and that George Moscone appealed to, and that faction was composed of Senator George Miller, Senator Joe Ratigan, Virgil O'Sullivan, there were several others that were sort of a liberal plus. I think Tom Reese was there from Los Angeles and he was liberal. So they’re developed as the assembly members moved over into the Senate following the court decision, for a little more liberal group including George Moscone to become very, very active in the whole political arena of the state Senate. So, you could see it shifting from the old network as those people were who were knocked out by reapportionment, George Moscone became more of a ‘in person’ in the state Senate and so his liberal philosophy was not his exclusively, he had a lot of allies.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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