Scope and Content
Title: McCarthy (Leo T.) Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1972-1980
Collection number: LP212:72-73, LP218:120-139
McCarthy, Leo T.
1.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: Leo T. McCarthy, Democrat, was a State Assembly Member from 1969-1982; he was Lieutenant Governor from 1983-1994. His papers
include one bill file on AB1111, 1979-1980, and press and publicity files from 1972-1973 and 1975-1978.
Physical location: California State Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Leo T. McCarthy Ppaers, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary
of State, Sacramento, California.
The California State Archives received the Leo T. McCarthy papers following his assembly terms.
This collection was processed by California State Archives staff.
Leo T. McCarthy, Democrat, was a State Assembly Member, 1969-1982. From 1969-1974, he represented the 19th District, which
included portions of San Francisco County. After redistricting in 1974, McCarthy's 18th District included portions of San
Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
McCarthy was born in 1930 in Auckland, New Zealand; he moved to San Francisco with his parents in 1934. In San Francisco,
he attended St. James and St. Ignatius schools, then received his B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco and
his LL.B at San Francisco Law School. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, 1951-1952. On December 17, 1955, he
married Jacqueline Lee Burke. They have four children: Sharon, Conna, Adam and Niall.
Prior to serving in the State Assembly, McCarthy was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1963 and 1967.
He was a member of the California Commission on Aging, 1963-1967. In 1968, he was elected for the first time to the State
Assembly where he served until 1983. He was the Democratic Whip in 1971 and 1972. In 1975, he became the first Speaker elected
from San Francisco since 1927. Under his leadership, the Assembly increased Democratic membership to a record level for the
twentieth century. He continued serving as Speaker until 1981. He was Speaker Pro Tempore in 1981 and 1982.
According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), McCarthy served on the following committees:
- Elections and Constitutional Amendments, 1969-1970
- * Vice Chair, 1969
- Finance, Insurance and Commerce, 1981
- Labor Relations, 1972-1974
- * Chair, 1972-1974
- Local Government, 1969-1970
- Policy Research Management, 1981-1982
- Planning and Land Use, 1971-1973
- Planning, Land Use and Energy, 1974
- Revenue and Taxation, 1969-1974, 1981-1982
- * Vice Chair, 1970
- Transportation, 1971-1974
- Ways and Means, 1981-1982
- Welfare, 1971-1972
- Farm Labor Violence, 1974
- Regulatory Oversight 1981-1982
- * Chair, 1981-1982
- Aging, 1973-1974
- * Chair, 1973-1974
In 1982, McCarthy was elected Lieutenant Governor; he held this office from 1983 through 1994. As Lieutenant Governor, he
also served as a University of California Regent, a State University Trustee, Chair of California's Economic Development Commission,
and a member of the State Land Commission. In 1992, he lost a primary bid for U.S. Senate.
In 1995, McCarthy created an investment and consulting company, The Daniel Group, in San Francisco. He also served on several
corporate and mutual fund boards. After leaving office, McCarthy has continued to be active in public affairs. He served on
the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, 1997-1999 and has been vocal concerning tribal gaming in California and the
negative impact of gambling on society. He has also been involved in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the
Common Good, located at the University of San Francisco. The McCarthy Center supports both undergraduate and graduate programs
in government and community service.
Scope and Content
The Leo T. McCarthy Papers consist of 1.5 cubic feet of material. The files include a bill file on AB1111, 1979-1980, and
press and publicity files, 1972-1973 and 1975-1978. The bill file includes press releases, correspondence, analyses, amendments
and responses to AB1111, which proposed the establishment of the Office of Administrative Law to review proposed regulations.
The press and publicity files include press releases, transcripts of press conferences, speeches, and statements that often
refer to bills introduced and supported by McCarthy. These cover a wide array of subjects, including the Agricultural Labor
Relations Act, coastline controls, nuclear power plant safeguards, tax reforms, a streamlining of the state agency permit
review processes, and a long-term financing structure for schools and local government following the passage of Proposition
13. Throughout his career, McCarthy also emphasized legislation that addressed the problems of aging. Because of these concerns,
his press releases and speeches often include summaries of bills to strengthen enforcement of age discrimination laws, nutrition
programs for the elderly, nursing home inspections and reform, and the elimination of inheritance taxes for surviving spouses.
Leo T. McCarthy, Oral History Interview, conducted 1995 and 1996 by Carole Hicke, Regional Oral History Office, University
of California Berkeley, for the California State Archives State Government Oral History Program, available at the California
State Archives and other repositories.
The following terms have been associated with these materials in the Archives'
automated public access system (currently in development, April 2004).
McCarthy, Leo T., 1930-
California. Office of Administrative Law