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Inventory of the John V. Briggs Papers, 1967-1976
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John V. Briggs papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1976
    Collection number: See series description
    Creator: Briggs, John V.
    Extent: 7.75 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: John V. Briggs, Republican was a member of the Assembly from 1967 to 1976 and a Senator from 1977 to 1981. He was Senate Republican Whip in 1979. Senator Briggs concentrated on insurance reform, a wider application of the death penalty, and regulations concerning contractors.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John V. Briggs papers,LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the John V. Briggs papers following his term in the State Senate.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Some of the records are on microfilm at the California State Arvchives

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by staff of the California State Archives over a period of time and described in a finding aid in 2001.


    John V. Briggs, Republican was a member of the Assembly from 1967 to 1976. He represented the 35th District, which included the northern parts of Orange County and the western parts of San Bernardino County. After redistricting took effect in 1974, he represented the 69th District, which covered part of Orange County, including the city of Fullerton. He then served in the Senate from 1977 to 1981 for the 35th District, which included parts of Orange Country. He was born in South Dakota in 1930 and moved to California in 1935. He received an A.A. degree in Business Administration from Fullerton Junior College, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State College. He served with United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Carmen Nicasio on December 28, 1951. They had three children, Kathleen, Dan, and Ronald. He worked as an insurance broker. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks, Rotary, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. After being defeated in two elections, Assembly Member Briggs was elected in the State Assembly of California in 1966. He first considered a run for Senate in 1973, but put it off because of the on-going debate over redistricting. In 1976, he was elected to the California Senate representing the 35th Senate District. He served from 1977 until 1981. He was Senate Republican Whip in 1979. Senator Briggs concentrated on insurance reform, a wider application of the death penalty, regulations concerning contractors. He was a proponent of a number of propositions in the late 1970s: the unsuccessful Proposition 6 (1974) that would have restricted the employment of homosexuals as public school employees; the successful Proposition 7 (1978) that expanded the number of special circumstances for murder cases that required either the death penalty or a life sentence without parole, and the successful Proposition 13 (1978) which limited property tax increases. According to the Legislative Handbooks, he served on the following committees:

    California State Assembly, 1967-1976

    • Standing Committees
    • Agriculture, 1969, 1971-1972, 1974
    • *Chair, 1971-1972, 1974
    • Elections and Reapportionment, 1971-1972, 1975-1976
    • Finance and Insurance, 1967-1974
    • *Vice Chair, 1969-1970
    • Government Administration, 1973-1974
    • Industrial Relations, 1967-1968
    • Intergovernmental Relations, 1975-1976
    • Labor Relations, 1969-1970, 1975-1976
    • Public Employees and Retirement, 1976
    • Revenue and Taxation, 1970-1974
    • Social Welfare, 1967-1968
    • Joint Committees
    • Atomic Development and Space, 1970-1972
    • *Chair, 1970-71
    • Public Domain, 1973-1976
    • Select Committees
    • Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, 1973-1974
    • *Vice Chair, 1973-1974
    • Deepwater Ports, 1974

    California State Senate, 1977-1981

    • Standing Committees
    • Banking and Commerce, 1981
    • Business and Professions, 1977-1980
    • Elections and Reapportionment, 1977-1978
    • Finance, 1980-1981
    • *Vice Chair, 1981
    • Governmental Organization, 1981
    • Insurance and Financial Institutions, 1977-1980
    • *Vice Chair, 1977-1978
    • Transportation, 1977-1981
    • Select Committees
    • Governmental Efficiency, 1981
    • *Chair, 1981
    • Governmental Investigations and Reports, 1980
    • *Chair, 1980
    • Small Business Enterprises, 1980-1981
    In addition, as a member of the Assembly, John V. Briggs was a member of the Western Interstate Nuclear Board, 1971- 1972. On December 28, 1981, Senator Briggs resigned from the Senate. He was registered as a lobbyist with the state of California from 1983 until 1996, operating a firm with his own name.

    Scope and Content

    The John V. Briggs Papers consist of Assembly Bill Files, 1965-1976 and Subject Files, 1965-1975. The bill files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the Assembly. Assembly Member Briggs concentrated on measures that would increase consumer protection, restrict smoking in public places, reform insurance regulations, and increase scrutiny of welfare spending. His 1968 bill, AB 87, was enacted and provided incentives for private employers to hire welfare recipients. He advocated restrictions on government spending. His subject files provide additional information on Briggs's political concerns, including his campaign strategies, his relations with the Republican Caucus, and his responses to district and constituent issues. Particularly rich are the files of newsletters and press releases, which illustrate his continuing concern with controlling state spending. The California State Archives does not currently have papers from the period when Briggs served in the Senate.


    Arranged into two series: bill files and subject files.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been associated with these materials in the Archives' automated public access system (currently in development, June 2004).


    Briggs, John V.
    California. Assembly Republican Caucus
    Capital punishment--California
    Insurance--California--Law and legislation
    Proposition 13, 1978 (California property tax initiative)

    Related Material

    Some information on Assembly Member and Senator Briggs appears in oral histories of California Assembly Member Leon D. Ralph and Senator Omer L. Rains done as part of the California State Government Oral Histories Program, available at the California State Archives and other repositories.