Inventory of the Dan Hauser Papers

Processed by Jeff Crawford
California State Archives
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Inventory of the Dan Hauser Papers

Collection number: LP367

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Jeff Crawford
Date Completed:
July 2007
Encoded by:
Sara Roberson
© 2007 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dan Hauser Papers
Dates: 1981-1996
Collection number: LP367
Creator: Dan Hauser, California Legislator
Collection Size: 29 cubic feet
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Abstract: The Dan Hauser Papers consist of 29 cubic feet of records reflecting Hauser's legislative activities during his 14-year Assembly career. The record series include Bill Files, 1983-1996; Subject Files, 1982-1991; Press Releases, 1986-1991; Chronological Correspondence, 1985-1987; Timber Files, 1981-1991; and Hearing Files, 1985-1990.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: 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], Dan Hauser Papers, LP367:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

Acquisition and Custodial History

The California State Archives acquired the Dan Hauser Papers following his final term in the State Legislature.


Dan Hauser, Democrat, was a California State Assembly Member from 1983-1996. From 1983-1992, his 2nd Assembly District included western Sonoma County, and the counties of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte. District 2 included the following cities: Arcata, Crescent City, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Trinidad, Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Ukiah, Willits, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Cotati, and Sebastopol. After redistricting in 1992 his district was renumbered as the First Assembly District. Following redistricting, his District included Arcata, Blue Lake, Clearlake, Cloverdale, Crescent City, Eureka, Ferndale, Fort Bragg, Fortuna, Healdsburg, Lakeport, Point Arena, Rio Dell, Sebastopol, Trinidad, Ukiah, Willits, Windsor, and part of Santa Rosa.
He was born in 1943 in Riverside, California and moved into what would eventually become his assembly district in 1963, when he began attending California State University, Humboldt. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from that University. Before his election as an assembly member, Hauser worked as an insurance claims investigator. From 1974 to 1982 he was an Arcata City Councilman, including serving four years as mayor. Hauser and his wife Donna have two children.
Hauser was honored with numerous legislative accomplishments including "1984 Legislator of the Year" by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations, "1984 Coastal Legislator of the Year" by the League of Coastal Protection, and "1988 Legislator of the Year" by the California Aging Network.
Among his legislative accomplishments were the Rural Renaissance Act (the Nielsen-McCorquodale-Hauser Rural Economic Development Act of 1986), the saving of 700 acres of old growth redwood in the "Lost Coast" region of northern Mendocino County, and introduction of legislation to create a statewide health plan for all Californians (AB2020, 1987-1988). Another legislative accomplishment was to provide liability insurance for cities, counties, and other public agencies.
According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), Hauser served on the following committees:

State Assembly, 1983-1996

  • Standing and Interim Committees
  • Agriculture, 1987-1990
  • Economic Development and New Technologies, 1983-1988
  • Governmental Organization, 1991-1996
  • Housing and Community Development, 1983-1984, 1987-1996
  • *Chair, 1987-1994
  • Insurance, 1995-1996
  • Local Government, 1983-1990
  • Natural Resources, 1983-1984, 1991-1992
  • *Chair, 1983-1984
  • Transportation, 1993-1996
  • Water, Parks and Wildlife, 1985-1994
  • Subcommittees
  • Subcommittee on Agri-Forestry, 1989-1990
  • *Chair, 1989-1990
  • Subcommittee on Fisheries, 1985-1986
  • *Chair, 1985-1986
  • Subcommittee on Manufactured Housing and Mobilehomes, 1993-1994
  • Subcommittee on Mobilehomes, 1987-1990
  • *Chair, 1989-1990
  • Subcommittee on Rural Economic Development, 1983-1986
  • *Chair, 1983-1986
  • Subcommittee on Timber, 1985-1986
  • *Chair, 1985-1986
  • Select Committees
  • Select Committee on Alcohol and Related Problems, 1985-1986
  • Select Committee on California Wine Production and Economy, 1987-1992, 1995-1996
  • Select Committee on Child Care and Child Abuse, 1989-1990
  • Select Committee on Common Interest Subdivisions, 1983-1984, 1989-1990
  • *Chair, 1989-1990
  • Select Committee on Insurance, 1985-1986
  • Select Committee on Job Development and Economic Productivity, 1983-1986
  • Select Committee on Marine Resources, 1991-1994
  • Select Committee on the Office of the State Board of Equalization, 1991-1992
  • Select Committee on the Office of the State Treasurer, 1987-1990
  • Select Committee on Oil Spill Prevention and Response Preparedness, 1989-1990
  • Special Committees
  • Special Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-1996
  • Joint Committees
  • Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification, 1983-1996
  • Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 1983-1990, 1995-1996
  • *Vice Chair, 1985-1990, 1995-1996
  • Joint Committee on School Facilities, 1989-1994
  • Additional Committees, Commissions, and Boards
  • Social Services Advisory Board, 1983-1984
  • Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, 1985-1994
  • Western States Legislative Forestry Task Force, 1991-1994
  • State Commission on Economic Development, 1985-1994
  • Wildlife Conservation Board, 1991-1994

Scope and Content

The Dan Hauser Papers consist of 29 cubic feet of records reflecting Hauser's legislative activities during his 14-year Assembly career. The record series include Bill Files, 1983-1996; Subject Files, 1982-1991; Press Releases, 1986-1991; Chronological Correspondence, 1985-1987; Timber Files, 1981-1991; and Hearing Files, 1985-1990.
Dan Hauser's papers are particularly useful for researchers looking at environmental issues in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, Hauser's papers show the difficulties of promoting job growth while weighing environmental concerns. Hauser was often caught in the middle of conflicts between the logging and fishing industries and environmental groups along the northern coast of California. Hauser's continued advocacy for rural counties is another strength of the collection. Of particular interest in the bill files series is AB2020 (1987-1988), which would have created the California Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that would have provided affordable health care for all Californians.

Related Material at the California State Archives

The files of Senator Barry Keene, also at the California State Archives, provide additional information on many of the topics that Dan Hauser dealt with during his legislative career. Keene's legislative district and years of service were similar to Hauser's and they often collaborated on north coast issues.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hauser, Dan
Shore protection Law and legislation
Health Insurance Policy Program

Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1983-1996

Physical Description: 382 file folders


Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files were created by Dan Hauser while he served as an assembly member, 1983-1996. The files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and committee statements.
(1983-1984) AB125-AB4006, ACR105-ACR149, AJR50-AJR142 LP367:1-47
(1985-1986) AB86-AB4416, ACR16-ACR144, AJR10-AJR94 LP367:48-109
(1987-1988) AB8-AB4696, ACA60, ACR10-ACR136, AJR14-AJR86, AJR14-AJR86 LP367:110-179
(1989-1990) AB10-AB4272, ACR76-ACR 78, AJR36-AJR88, AB44X LP367:180-229
(1991-1992) AB10-AB3724, ACR18-ACR136, AJR43, AB31X-AB65X LP367:230-292
(1993-1994) AB14-AB3766, ACA8, ACR12-ACR144, AJR41 LP367:293-349
(1995-1996) AB25-AB3058, ACR7-ACR92, AJR7-AJR23 LP367:350-382

Series 2 Subject Files 1982-1991

Physical Description: 161 file folders


Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files may contain newspaper clippings, press releases, correspondence, reports, notes, memoranda, and other materials. The subject files contain information gathered by Hauser, his chief of staff Luke Breit, and his Ukiah District Office. Many of the subject files relate to energy issues - in particular construction of PG and E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, economic development on the northern coast, fishing and fishery - especially as related to issues in his district, and environmental issues such as logging, timber and off-shore oil development. A complete list of subject headings can be found in Appendix A of the master finding aid at the California State Archives.

Series 3 Press Releases 1986-1991

Physical Description: 4 file folders


Press Releases are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Press releases were issued by Dan Hauser's Capitol and District Offices. Press Releases mainly relate to legislation introduced by Hauser, especially bills affecting his district. Other topics included timber, fishing, and coastal issues; meetings held by Hauser in his district; awards given to Hauser; hearings to be held; and occasional op-ed pieces.

Series 4 Chronological Correspondence 1985-1987

Physical Description: 12 file folders


Correspondence is arranged chronologically by month.

Scope and Content Note

Chronological correspondence contains outgoing letters sent by Dan Hauser to individuals, public agencies, and other public officials. The correspondence usually relates to issues affecting his legislative district and includes support and opposition to projects affecting his district - in particular projects by such agencies as CalTrans and the Department of Fish and Game. Many of the letters are addressed to the Governor and ask for his support of Hauser's legislation or for increases in the budget for projects and programs in the district.

Series 5 Timber Files 1981-1991

Physical Description: 19 file folders


Timber Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Timber files contain correspondence, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, press releases, notes, and similar materials related to timber and logging issues, especially issues on the northern coast of California. Subjects discussed include Hauser's views on forestry, acquisition of forestlands, jobs and job loss in the lumber industry, conflicts between the logging industry and environmentalists, and logging rules.

Series 6 Hearing Files 1985-1990

Physical Description: 18 file folders


Hearing Files are arranged alphabetically by committee name then chronologically by hearing date.

Scope and Content Note

Committee Hearing Files are primarily for hearings called by Hauser for subcommittees that he chaired. The files contain transcripts, statements, reports, audiotapes, and other background information related to the hearing topic. Topics often dealt with the lumber industry and job losses within the industry. The committees with hearing files include: Assembly Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies: Rural Economic Development Subcommittee; Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development; Assembly Committee on Natural Resources: Fisheries Subcommittee; and Assembly Committee on Natural Resources: Timber Subcommittee.
A list of hearings is available in Appendix B of master finding aid.