Robert C. Kirkwood

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Robert C. Kirkwood (August 30, 1909 – May 5, 1964) served as a member of the California State Assembly representing part of Santa Clara County from 1947 until 1953, when he resigned to accept an appointment as California State Controller by Governor Earl Warren. Kirkwood was elected to a full term in 1954, but lost a re-election bid in 1958 to Alan Cranston, who later became a United States Senator.

Born in Mountain View, California, Kirkwood married Jean Hazard Gerlinger on August 30, 1933. They went on to have four children—two daughters and two sons.

In 1959, Kirkwood was appointed Utilities General Manager of the San Francisco Water Department. He died in San Francisco in 1964. The Water Department named a hydroelectric plant in Alpine County after Kirkwood, and the plant came online in 1967.

Kirkwood's son, Bob Kirkwood, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2005.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raup Miller
California State Assemblyman, 28th District
1947-1953
Succeeded by
Clark L. Bradley
Preceded by
Thomas Kuchel
California State Controller
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Alan Cranston