James D. Driscoll

James D. Driscoll

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James D. Driscoll

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James Driscoll (1931-August 18, 2003) was the 34th Chief Clerk of California Assembly. Driscoll was the first Chief Clerk to serve the state's Assembly after the legislature became full-time in 1966. During his career as the nonpartisan clerk, he served under 4 Democratic and 1 Republican Speakers. California's Legislature, 2006 edition, Appendix E, p. 266.


James Driscoll was born in Glendale, California in 1931. He received his B.A. from Fresno State College. He completed his M.A. at Claremont Graduate University. While he was Chief Clerk, he attended McGeorge School of Law, where he later earned his J.D. while in office. Legislative Handbook, 1965 Session, Office of State Printing, Sacramento. Driscoll died in 2003.

Driscoll served as Chief Clerk from 1963 to 1986. He began his legislative career in 1957 in the first class of the Assembly Fellowship Program (at the time, it was simply called the "Legislative Internship Program" and was funded by the Ford Foundation). Driscoll was placed in the office of the Chief Clerk as an intern.

The following year, longtime Chief Clerk Arthur Ohnimus hired him as First Assistant Clerk; and in 1961, Ohnimus appointed Driscoll to be Chief Assistant Clerk. Legislative Handbook, 1965 Session, Office of State...
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