LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released the following statement on the death of former State Senator Newt Russell:
“Newt Russell was a friend and dedicated public servant who served his constituents and the people of California for three decades with great integrity and character.
When the state legislature gerrymandered, and our assembly districts were merged into one, we opposed each other in the primary election, which I won. By a strange twist of history, the following month, Governor Reagan appointed our Senator John Harmer to serve as Lt. Governor, which opened the Senate seat, which Newt filed for. We both went on to win in the general election.
We frequently worked together on legislation including co-authoring the bill that allowed the cities of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena to acquire the Burbank Airport.
Well-respected by members on both sides of the aisle for his consensus-building efforts that kept the Legislature operating with decorum and transparency, he was a
strong advocate for children and an expert on pensions who worked for an actuarially-sound state pension system that avoided excess and inflation, while protecting retirees.
Christine and I send his wife, Diane and his three children Steven, Sherry and Julie and his eight grandchildren our prayers and condolences. The Board of Supervisors will adjourn its regular Tuesday meeting in his memory.
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