Albert S. Rodda

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Albert S. Rodda, Jr. (July 23, 1912 – April 3, 2010) was a California State Senator.

Born in Sacramento, California, Rodda graduated from Sacramento High School in 1929 before receiving an A.B. in 1933 and an A.M. in 1934, both in history, from Stanford University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After teaching for several years in Sacramento high schools, Rodda entered the United States Navy Reserve and was a gunnery officer in World War II.[1] Leaving the Navy Reserve in 1946, he started teaching at Sacramento City College. In 1951, Rodda received a Ph.D. in history and economics from Stanford.[2]

A Democrat, Rodda won a 1958 special election to the California State Senate to represent the 19th District to fill the vacancy from the death of Earl D. Desmond, defeating Desmond's son and two other Democrats.[2] He was re-elected six times but was defeated in 1980 in an upset by a newcomer, John Doolittle.[1][3]

Rodda's best-known legislative legacy is SB 160, enacted in 1975 and taking effect in 1976, which established collective bargaining for California's public school teachers.[4]

Shortly after Rodda's departure from the Senate, the California State Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh appointed Rodda as Executive Secretary of the Commission on State Finance. In 1983, Rodda left the Commission and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Rios Community College District. He left the board in 1992. In 1980, the Los Rios Community College District Board named a new administrative-classroom complex at Sacramento City College as Rodda Hall.[1]

Rodda met Clarice Horgan, an English teacher, when they both taught at Grant Union High School. They married in 1941 and had one son and two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Albert S. Rodda". JoinCalifornia Election Archive. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Inventory of the Albert S. Rodda Papers - Biography". Online Archive of California. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Dan Walters (January 14, 2008). "California Rep. Doolittle's improbable rise and fall". ScrippsNews. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Collective Bargaining in California Public Education. SB 160--The Rodda Act". ERIC. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
California Senate
Preceded by
Earl D. Desmond
California State Senator
19th District

January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967
Succeeded by
H. L. Richardson
Preceded by
Fred W. Marler, Jr.
California State Senator
5th District

January 2, 1967 – November 30, 1976
Succeeded by
Milton Marks
Preceded by
Clare Berryhill
California State Senator
3rd District

December 6, 1976 – November 30, 1980
Succeeded by
John Doolittle