The Latest: Ex-governor seen as popular, fiscally prudent
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Deukmejian (all times local):
Former Gov. Pete Wilson describes his predecessor George Deukmejian (dook-MAY’-jihn), who died Tuesday, as a dear friend who encouraged him to run for his first political office.
Deukmejian died of natural causes. He was 89.
Wilson says they shared many of the same values, including a commitment to public safety and fiscal responsibility.
Wilson says Deukmejian led a full and very good life. He describes the late Republican governor as having “almost courtly” manners and strong determination.
Deukmejian spent three decades in state politics as an assemblyman, senator, state attorney general and finally as California’s 35th governor.
California leaders are remembering George Deukmejian as a popular governor who emphasized public safety and fiscal prudence.
The two-term Republican governor, whose opposition to spending earned him the nickname “The Iron Duke,” died Tuesday of natural causes at 89.
After his election in 1982, he expanded the state prison system, brought the liberal state Supreme Court to the center and supported tough anti-crime legislation.
California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg said Deukmejian also led the state through natural disasters including the San Francisco Bay Area’s Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown recalled that he made friends across the political aisle. Brown ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff.
A former chief of staff says two-term California governor George Deukmejian (dook-MAY’-jihn), whose anti-spending credo earned him the nickname “The Iron Duke,” has died. He was 89.
Steve Merksamer says Deukmejian died Tuesday of natural causes.
The Republican spent three decades in state politics as an assemblyman, senator, state attorney general and finally as California’s 35th governor.
Deukmejian ran a law-and-order administration from 1983 to 1991, expanding the state prison system, bringing the left-leaning California Supreme Court to the center and supporting tough, anti-crime legislation.
He earned his nickname from his Republican supporters in the Legislature for his resistance to spending increases and his willingness to veto spending proposals.