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Richard L. Mountjoy
|Member of the California State Senate|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
|Born||January 13, 1932|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||May 18, 2015 (aged 83)|
Monrovia, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Earline Winnett (1952–2009)|
Mountjoy was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School in 1950. He joined the US Navy and served oversea during the Korean War. After his navy service he worked briefly as an auto mechanic. Then did construction work with his brother Gordon, the two later started the Mountjoy Construction Company. He was married to Earline Winnett until her death in 2009. He has two sons, Michael and Dennis Lee, and one daughter, Judy. Dennis was a member of the California State Assembly, having represented his father's old district from 2000 to 2006. Dick is Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mountjoy served as the mayor of Monrovia from 1968 to 1976. He served in the California State Assembly from 1978 to 1995 from the California's 59th State Assembly district. From 1982 to 1984 he served as the California Assembly Republican Caucus Chair. While there he introduced California Proposition 187, which denied government services to illegal immigrants. He served in the California State Senate from 1995 to 2000 in the California's 29th State Senate district. His political platform fit with that of the conservative wing of the Republican Party: he was pro-life, opposed same-sex marriage, and supported both the war in Iraq and possible military intervention in Iran.
On September 22, 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that a statement in his website's biography, that he served in the Korean War aboard the USS Missouri, was incorrect; ship records later confirmed that he actually served aboard the USS Bremerton. Mountjoy said, "I think it was just something that somebody picked up, it didn’t come from me." However, Feinstein's campaign opined that the error raised enough doubts about Mountjoy’s credibility that Mountjoy was "not qualified to serve the people of California."
He died on May 18, 2015, aged 83.
| Member of the California State Assembly from the 59th district
Frank C. Hill
| California State Senate
|Party political offices|
| Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 1)
none (state switched to nonpartisan primary)
- Los Angeles Times (19 May 2015). "Richard Mountjoy, GOP legislator and key Prop. 187 backer, dies at 83". latimes.com.
- "Richard "Dick" Mountjoy, Previous Candidate for United States Senate, California". vote-ca.org.
- "Senate candidate admits wrong info on bio". msnbc.com.