Oral Histories

Interview of Tom Bane

California assembly member from 1958 to 1964 and 1974 to 1989. Assistant speaker pro tempore from 1975 to 1985.
Tom Bane
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
California assembly member from 1958 to 1964 and 1974 to 1989. Assistant speaker pro tempore from 1975 to 1985.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Bane, Tom
Persons Present:
Bane and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Bane's home in Tarzana, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Steven L. Isoardi, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Government, University of San Francisco; M.A., Government, University of San Francisco; M.A., Political Science, UCLA; Ph.D., Political Science, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Sandy Moats, editorial assistant, UCLA Oral History Program, checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and with the interviewer verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. Susan Douglass Yates, editor, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, and interview history.Bane reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Childhood years moving around California; employment in the insurance business; 1958 campaign for the Forty-second Assembly District seat; history of the California Democratic Council; Jesse Unruh; chairs Assembly Committee on Industrial Relations; the California Constitution Revision Commission; Alan Robbins; Willie L. Brown Jr.; Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr.; 1963 assembly battle over the budget; loses 1964 congressional election; the Rumford Fair Housing Act (1963); the 1964 Democratic National Convention; serves as president of the Council of Savings and Loan Financial Corporations; the savings and loan industry; wife, Marlene L. Rothstein; elected to the Fortieth Assembly District seat in 1974; Leo T. McCarthy; supports lupus research; chairs Rules Committee; impact of term limits; public's negative image of politicians.