Santa Cruz County History - Government



State Senators Representing Santa Cruz County

1849-1862 || 1863-1946 || 1947-

1849-1862

Between 1849 and 1862, the Legislature met annually. Term of office for State Senators was 2 years; for Assembly Members, the term of office was one year.

Year Session Name Party
1849
1851
1
2
Woodworth, Selim E. none
1852
1853
3
4
Roach, Philip A. Democratic
1854
1855
5
6
Whiting, B.C. Democratic
1856
1857
7
8
Ashley, Delos R. American
1858
1859
9
10
Gregory, D.S. Democratic
1860
1861
11
12
Watson, John H. Democratic
1862 13 Porter, George K. Repubublican

 

1863-1946

From 1863 to 1945, the Legislature met every other year. From 1863 on, the term of office for a Senator was four years (it had been two years); for an Assembly Member the term of office was two years (it had been one year).

Year Session Name Party
1863 14 Porter, George K. Republican
1863
1865
15
16
Lovett, William E. Union
1867
1869
17
18
McDougall, F.A. Democratic
1871
1873
19
20
Beck, Thomas Democratic
1875
1877
21
22
Flint, Thomas Republican
1879
1881
23
24
Hill, William J. Work
1883
1885
25
26
Knight, Benjamin, Jr. Democratic
1887
1891
27
29
Byrnes, James D. Republican
1893
1895
30
31
Burke, Bart Democratic
1897
1899
32
33
Trout, D.H. Republican
1901
1903
34
35
Byrnes, James D. Republican
1905
1907
36
37
Rambo, Samuel H. Republican
1909
1911
38
39
Holohan, James B. Democratic
1913
1915
40
41
Flint, William R. Republican
1917--
1927
42--
47
Johnson, M.B. Republican
1929
1931
48
49
Cleveland, George C. Republican
1933
1935
50
51
Snyder, Bert B. Republican
1937
1939
52
53
Holohan, James B. Democratic
1941--
1946
54--
56
Judah, H.R. Republican

 

1947-

From 1947 to 1972, the Legislature met annually; odd-numbered years were general sessions and even-numbered years were budget sessions. From 1973 on, the Legislature has meet in two-year sessions with no limitations on the type of bills that could be introduced. The Legislative Sessions were no longer numbered after the 57th session (1947). In 2005, as a result of redistricting, Santa Cruz County was divided into two Senate districts; the 11th and the 15th. The term of office for a State Senator is four years.

Year Name Party
1947-1952 Judah, H.R. Republican
1953-1976 Grunsky, Donald L. Republican/Democratic/Republican
1977-1980 Nimmo, Robert Republican
1981-1996 Mello, Henry Democratic
1996-2004 McPherson, Bruce Republican
2004-2012 Simitian, Joe Democrat, 11th District
2004-2012 Maldonado, Abel Republican, 15th District

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