Evelle J. Younger

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Evelle J. Younger
26th California Attorney General
In office
Governor Ronald Reagan
Jerry Brown
Preceded by Thomas C. Lynch
Succeeded by George Deukmejian
35th Los Angeles County District Attorney
In office
Preceded by William B. McKesson
Succeeded by Joseph P. Busch
Personal details
Born Evelle Jansen Younger
(1918-06-19)June 19, 1918
Stamford, Nebraska, U.S.
Died May 4, 1989(1989-05-04) (aged 70)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place Los Angeles National Cemetery
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Republican

Evelle Jansen Younger (June 19, 1918 – May 4, 1989) was an American politician. He was California Attorney General from 1971 to 1979. Prior to that, he was Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1964 to 1971. In 1978, he ran for Governor of California, but lost to incumbent Jerry Brown. Younger was a member of the Republican Party. Though he was defeated for governor, Younger's ticket-mate, Mike Curb, won the office of lieutenant governor.

Life and career[edit]

One of Younger's contributions as Attorney General was to the development of the California Environmental Quality Act. Younger advocated for a broad interpretation of its applicability, filing a brief in the landmark case Friends of Mammoth v. Board of Supervisors (1972). The ruling on the case, which included language drawing upon Younger's brief, transformed CEQA from a mild and insignificant statement of policy to a pervasive and transformative regulatory measure by defining "project" to include all private activities requiring public permits. Younger also helped draft legislation that refined and expanded CEQA.[1]

In the 1978 Republican primary, Younger led the balloting with 1,008,087 (40 percent). Former Los Angeles Police Chief Ed Davis trailed with 738,741 (29.3 percent). Finishing third and fourth were State Senator Ken Maddy of Fresno with 484,583 (19.2 percent) and San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson (who would be elected Governor in 1990 and reelected over Jerry Brown's sister, Kathleen, in 1994), who drew 230,146 ballots (9.1 percent).

Younger served in the United States Army during World War II and then became an FBI agent. He was a municipal judge in California from 1953 to 1958 and a superior court judge in California from 1958–1964, when he became district attorney of Los Angeles County. He died in 1989, and was interred in the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ E. Clement Shute, "CEQA Turns Twenty-One." Land Use Forum 2:2 (1993), 95-98.

External links[edit]

Reference: 1 E. Clement Shute, “CEQA Turns Twenty-One.” Land Use Forum 2:2 (1993), 95-98.

Legal offices
Preceded by
William B. McKesson
Los Angeles County District Attorney
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Busch
Preceded by
Thomas C. Lynch
California Attorney General
Succeeded by
George Deukmejian
Party political offices
Preceded by
Houston I. Flournoy
Republican Party nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
George Deukmejian