California State Assembly, 1981-1992
Scope and Content
Title: Nolan Frizzelle Papers
Collection number: LP461
Nolan Frizzelle, California Legislator
3.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: Nolan Frizzelle served in the State Assembly from 1981 to 1992. The Nolan Frizzelle papers consist of 3.5 cubic feet of textual
and photographic records and are organized into three record series: Bill Files, 1981-1992; Correspondence, 1981-1992; and
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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[Identification of item], Nolan Frizzelle papers, LP461:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary
of State, Sacramento, California.
Acquisition and Custodial History
The California State Archives acquired the Nolan Frizzelle papers in a series of three record transfers, beginning in 1992
(Accession Numbers: 92-11-14, 95-07-19 and 95-11-20).
Nolan Frizzelle, Republican, served in the California State Assembly from 1981 to 1992. He was elected in 1980 after defeating
two-term Democratic incumbent Dennis Mangers.
During his Assembly term he represented the 69th Assembly District, encompassing the Orange County cities of Huntington Beach,
Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Irvine, and a portion of Santa Ana.
Frizzelle was born on October 18, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Beverly Hills High School, Stanford University,
UC Berkeley, and UCLA. He took a temporary hiatus from college, while he served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Frizzelle
practiced optometry in Los Angeles and Newport Beach after receiving a doctoral degree in optometry from the Southern California
College of Optometry.
Frizzelle's association with the Republican Party predates his election to the California State Assembly. On March 19, 1964,
Frizzelle defeated Vernon Davis of Fresno for president of the California Republican Assembly, a volunteer political organization.
Under Frizzelle’s leadership, the California Republican Assembly supported Barry Goldwater as Republican Presidential Candidate.
During the 1964 Republican National Convention, he served as one of California’s delegates. Later, he served on the California
Republican Central Committee, the Los Angeles County Republican Committee, and the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly. Frizzelle
passed away on January 31, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ina, and six children.
As a member in the State Assembly, Frizzelle's legislative interests were varied and included business growth, opposition
to gun control laws, healthcare, public employee retirement, and public safety. He also authored numerous bills related to
toll roads, providing the legislative framework that established pay-as-you-drive roads in Orange County and Riverside County.
During his term in the California Legislature, Frizzelle served on the following committees according to the
California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks),
Assembly Final History, and
Pocket Directory of the California Legislature.
California State Assembly, 1981-1992
- Education, 1991-1992
- Governmental Organization, 1981-1982, 1985-1992
- Health, 1983-1986
- Labor and Employment, 1981-1982
- *Vice Chair, 1981-1982
- Natural Resources, 1989-1992
- Public Employees and Retirement, 1983-1984
- Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security, 1986-1988
- Public Safety, 1985-1986
- Revenue and Tax, 1987-1988
- Transportation, 1981-1986
- *Vice Chair, 1985-1986
- Utilities and Commerce, 1983-1984, 1989-1990
- Ways and Means, 1981-1982, 1989-1992
- Agricultural Labor Relations (Labor and Employment), 1981-1982
- Child Labor (Labor and Employment), 1981-1982
- Health Personnel (Health), 1985-1986
- *Chair, 1985-1986
- Health and Human Services (Health), 1991-1992
- Health and Welfare, No. 1 (Ways and Means), 1981-1982, 1989-1990
- California Youth, 1981-1982
- Legislative Audit, 1989-1992
- Legislative Retirement, 1983-1984
- State’s Economy, 1983-1990
Scope and Content
The Nolan Frizzelle papers consist of 3.5 cubic feet of textual and photographic records covering the years from 1981 to 1992.
The records are organized into three record series: Bill Files, 1981-1992; Correspondence, 1981-1992; and Photographs, 1981-1992.
The Bill Files series encompasses the bulk of his collection, covering such subjects as the accountability of child welfare
services (AB1837, 1989-1990; AB2394, 1991-1992), long-term healthcare (AB 977, 1985-1986), Medi-Cal regulations (AB2807, 1981-1982;
AB3053, 1985-1986), senior care (AB519, 1987-1988; AB663, 1987-1988; AB3845, 1987-1988), public employees and retirement
(AB3332, 1981-1982; AB763, 1987-1988; AB3503, 1991-1992), and transportation (AB1058, 1987-1988).
The Correspondence series contains materials reflecting upon Frizzelle’s political activities during his tenure with the California
State legislature. Notable subjects discussed in the correspondence include governmental organization, child welfare, public
employees and retirement, senior healthcare, and transportation.
No further accruals are expected.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
California. Public Employees' Retirement System
Child welfare - California
Transportation - California
California. Legislature. Assembly. Health Committee