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The Resource Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :, by Susan Douglass Yates, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles

Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :, by Susan Douglass Yates, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles

Label
Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :, 2003
Title
Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :
Statement of responsibility
by Susan Douglass Yates, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles
Inclusive dates
2003
Title variation
California State Archives, State Government Oral History Program
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Additional physical form
Master tapes are preserved at the California State Archives.
Biography type
individual biography
Biographical or historical data
  • John K. Van de Kamp was born February 7, 1936 in Pasadena, California. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1956 and received his LL.B. from Stanford Law School in 1959. In 1960. after completing military service, he became an assistant United States attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office. He became deputy director for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C. in 1967 and became director of the office in 1968.
  • In 1971, Mr. Van de Kamp was selected as the first Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Van de Kram Los Angeles District Attorney in October of 1975. He was subsequently elected to the position in 1976 and easily won re-election in 1980.
  • In 1983, Mr. Van de Kamp became California Attorney General after winning the 1982 election against George Nicholson. He served as Attorney General until 1991. In the area of law enforcement, the Attorney General's Office helped to modernize the Department of Justice's scientific and technological resources, including developing the Cal-ID Program and the use of DNA in investigations. The Attorney General's Office sponsored the 1986 Trial Court Delay Reduction Act and the 1987 California AIDS Drug Testing Program, and was instrumental in helping to pass the 1989 Assault Weapons Bill.
  • Mr. Van de Kamp ran for governor in the 1990 election losing the Democratic candidacy to Dianne Feinstein in the June primary. He was recently elected to be the president of the State Bar of California.
Cataloging source
CAX
Form designation
oral history transcript
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :, by Susan Douglass Yates, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "District attorney, County of Los Angeles, 1975-1983; Attorney General, State of California, 1983-1991."
  • "July 21, August, 18, 25, September 8, 15, 30, October 14, 27, 2003, Los Angeles, California."
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
[10], iii, 436 leaves
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Blue cloth boards, and spine, stamped in gilt.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)591310497
  • ucoclc591310497
Terms governing use
Manuscript is made availalbe for research purpose only. No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the California State Archivist, or the Head, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Label
Oral history interview with John K. Van de Kamp :, by Susan Douglass Yates, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles
Publication
Note
  • "District attorney, County of Los Angeles, 1975-1983; Attorney General, State of California, 1983-1991."
  • "July 21, August, 18, 25, September 8, 15, 30, October 14, 27, 2003, Los Angeles, California."
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
[10], iii, 436 leaves
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Blue cloth boards, and spine, stamped in gilt.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)591310497
  • ucoclc591310497
Terms governing use
Manuscript is made availalbe for research purpose only. No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the California State Archivist, or the Head, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

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