State Assembly, 1979-1994
Scope and Content
Title: Patrick Nolan Papers
Collection number: LP429
Patrick Nolan, California Legislator
13.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: Patrick James Nolan, Republican, was a State Assembly Member, 1979-1994. He represented the 41st District until the re-districting
in 1993, after which he represented the 43rd District. The Pat Nolan Papers contain three record series covering 1979 to 1994:
Bill Files, 1979-1994; Correspondence series, 1979-1993; and Subject Files, 1979-1994.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
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[Identification of item], Patrick Nolan Papers, LP429:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary
of State, Sacramento, California.
Acquisition and Custodial History
The California State Archives acquired the Patrick Nolan Papers following his final term in the State Legislature.
Patrick James Nolan, Republican, was a State Assembly Member, 1979-1994. His 41st District included Burbank, Tujunga, Lakeview
Terrace, and Glendale in Los Angeles County. After re-districting in 1993, he represented the 43rd District, which was primarily
composed of Glendale, Pasadena, and portions of Burbank and Los Angeles.
Nolan was born on June 16, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. He received both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1972)
and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (1975) from the University of Southern California. Upon election, Nolan was employed as a trial
attorney with a Los Angeles law firm. Nolan and his wife, Gail Zajic-MacKenzie, have three children, Courtney, Katie, and
Nolan was an active member of his community. Beginning at age 10, Nolan walked precincts, volunteering for groups such as
State Steering Committee of Youth for Reagan. While in college, Nolan served on the Trustee Liaison Committee and was elected
to the Trojan Knights and Blue Key Honor Society. Nolan was also an accomplished equestrian and served as a Reserve Deputy
Sheriff of Los Angeles County.
After narrowly winning the primary election against incumbent Mike D. Antonovich (Rep.), Nolan easily won the General Election
in November 1978. Quickly advancing through the party's ranks, he served as Secretary for the Republican Caucus and Delegate
to the Republican Convention in 1980. From 1982 to 1983 he chaired that same Caucus; from 1984 to 1987 he served as Republican
Leader; and from 1985 to 1986 he was the Minority Floor Leader.
In August 1988, Nolan's office was raided by the FBI, one of several California legislators involved in what was known as
the "Shrimp-scam" investigation. Undercover FBI agents posed as lobbyists for the shrimp industry and succeeded in exchanging
money for legislative support. In April 1993, Nolan was indicted by a federal grand jury; he pled guilty to one count of
racketeering. A special election was held in May 1994 for the 43rd District. James Rogan (Rep.) was the winner of that election
as well as the June Primary and the November General in that same year.
After his release from prison, Nolan moved his family to Virginia and became an advocate for prisoner's rights. In addition
to frequent speaking engagements, Nolan was appointed to serve on the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Commission and is President
of Justice Fellowship, a division of Prison Fellowship Ministries.
During his term in the Legislature, Patrick J. Nolan was a member of the following committees:
State Assembly, 1979-1994
- Banking, Finance and Bonded Indebtedness, 1991-1992
- Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments, 1991-1992
- Finance and Insurance, 1989-1990
- Finance, Insurance and Commerce, 1981-1982
- Government Oversight, 1993-1994
- Health, 1979-1982
- Higher Education, 1993-1994
- Human Resources
- Human Services, 1983-1984
- Insurance, 1991-1992
- Judiciary, 1979-1980
- Revenue and Taxation, 1983-1984
- Rules, 1981-1982, 1989-1990, 1993-1994
- Rules, 1989-1990, 1993-1994
- Utilities and Commerce, 1989-1990 (Vice Chair, 1979-1980)
- Vice-Chair, 1979-1980
- Ways and Means, 1983-1984, 1989-1994
- Community Colleges, 1984-1984
- Policy Research Management, 1981-1986 (Vice Chair, 1984)
- Vice-Chair, 1984
- Fire, Police, Emergency, and Disaster Services, 1983-1984
- Financial Institutions, 1983-1984
- Medi-Cal Reform, 1983-1984
Scope and Content
The Pat Nolan Papers contain three record series covering 1979 to 1994. The Bill Files, 1979-1994, document Nolan's interest
in victim's rights, crime prevention, Medi-Cal, insurance and loan regulations, and economic revitalization during his tenure
as a member of the California State Legislature. The Correspondence series, 1979-1993, illustrates Nolan's communication
with lobbyists, legislators, and constituents. Notable names and topics include Tom Hayden, Dan Lundgren, Board of Equalization,
and worker's compensation.
The Subject Files, 1979-1994, contain information on a variety of topics of interest to Nolan. Found throughout the Subject
Files are topics related to Nolan's legislative concerns, such as illegal immigration and taxation. Additional topics found
in the Subject Files relate to Nolan's leadership role in the California Republican Party as well as the various commissions
he served on, including the Commission on the Californias, Debt Advisory Commission, Task Force on Financial Institutions,
and Gaming Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
California. Legislature. Assembly.
California. Legislature. Assembly. Committee on Human Services
United States. National Prison Rape Elimination Commission