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Barnes, E. Richard (1906-1985) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Barnes, E. Richard (1906-1985)

Historical Note:

E. Richard Barnes was born January 1, 1906 in Minnesota.  A retired Navy Captain, Barnes moved to California in 1943.  He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1962 as a representative of San Diego's 78th District.  During his ten years in the legislature, Barnes served as the Chairman of the Committee on Retirement Systems and was a member of the Committee on Ways and Means and Natural Resources.  He was also known for his outspoken opposition to President Nixon's trip to China in 1971.  Barnes, a Republican, supported capital punishment and the abolition of the federal income taxes.  He lost his bid for reelection in 1972. 

Barnes died at age 75 in August of 1985 at his home in El Cajon, CA.

Note Author: Jennifer Hollander

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