Sheldon Andelson was born in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. He was the first openly gay University of California Regent. Andelson was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Jerry Brown in 1980, and served until 1986. He was also a fund-raiser for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Walter F. Mondale. He was the founder of the Bank of Los Angeles and owned a restaurant, Trumps.
He was a member of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, director of the ACLU Foundation, and he served on the 1984 Olympic Games committee.
Andelson owned property in Los Angeles that housed a gay bathhouse. He was listed as an owner of the bathhouse until he had his name removed from the certificate in order to preserve his political influence.
Andelson was instrumental in the appointment of one of the first openly gay judges in California, Rand Schrader. At Andelson's urging, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Schrader to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1980.
- "Kevin Roderick, "Andelson Dies of AIDS; Gay Regent, Activist," ''Los Angeles Times,'' December 30, 1987". Articles.latimes.com. 1987-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Obituaries: Sheldon Andelson, Political Fund-Raiser, 56, The New York Times (January 01, 1988).
- Tracy Wilkinson, Municipal Court Judge Faces Challenge of AIDS - Disease, The Los Angeles Times (November 25, 1991).
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