Betty Karnette

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Betty Karnette
Member of the California State Senate
from the 27th district
In office
December 2, 1996 – November 30, 2004
Preceded byRobert G. Beverly
Succeeded byAlan Lowenthal
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 54th district
In office
December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2008
Preceded byAlan Lowenthal
Succeeded byBonnie Lowenthal
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 54th district
In office
December 7, 1992 – November 30, 1994
Preceded byWillard H. Murray, Jr.
Succeeded bySteven T. Kuykendall
Personal details
Born (1931-09-13) September 13, 1931 (age 87)
Paducah, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLong Beach, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach

Betty Karnette (born September 13, 1931) is an American politician.[1] She was elected to a second stint in the California State Assembly (United States) in November, 2004, to represent the 54th district. Her district included the cities of Avalon, Long Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Signal Hill. Her district contained parts of the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

Legislative history[edit]

Karnette served one previous term in the State Assembly from 1992[2] until she was defeated by Steven T. Kuykendall in 1994. She also served in the California State Senate from 1996 until she was termed out in 2004. Her committee assignments included the Rules; Appropriations; Transportation; Insurance; and the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committees. She chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Ports.

Legislative accomplishments[edit]

  • Authoring legislation requiring that voters be able to review the political contributions received by candidates for public office (SB 49).
  • Authoring legislation allowing the use of "battered woman syndrome" to be used in defense of those convicted of killing abusive spouses (SB 799).
  • Creating the Aquatic Invasive Species council within the Department of Fish and Game (SB 1573).
  • Directing and assisting in development of a statewide study to improve transportation conditions linked with gateways for global trade.


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  2. ^ "GOP comes up short in Assembly". Lodi News-Sentinel. AP. 5 November 1992. p. 1. Retrieved 3 April 2010.