Daniel Boatwright

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Daniel Eugene Boatwright (January 29, 1930 – April 27, 2012[1]) was a Democratic politician from the state of California. Boatwright was a longtime state legislator from Concord, California, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Born in Harrison, Arkansas, Boatwright served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.[2] He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and got a law degree.[3]

Pre-legislative career[edit]

Boatwright honorably served his country in the army in the Korean War. His service included action in the Battle at Chosin Reservoir (November 27, 1949 to December 13, 1950) in which the 1,029 American soldiers were killed, 4,582 were wounded and 4,894 were missing. It was the worst battle of the Korean war.

Boatwright worked as a Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney from 1960 to 1963. During this period, Boatwright was lead attorney in dozens of jury trials without losing a single case. He still holds the record for the most consecutive cases won in Contra Costa County. He entered elective politics by serving on the Concord City Council from 1966 until 1972 and served as Mayor from 1966 until 1968.[4]

Legislative career[edit]

In 1972, he was elected to the California State Assembly and was reelected until 1980. He became Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a very influential post. In 1980, he was elected to the California State Senate. He quickly became popular in his suburban district and was not seriously challenged for reelection. During the 1980s, he served as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.[3]

In the state legislature, Boatwright was considered a political moderate who occasionally broke with party orthodoxy and got along well with his Republican colleagues. However, this fit well with his constituents. But his career was cut short when California voters passed term limits in 1990. As a result, Boatwright was forced to retire from the Senate in 1996.[4]

Post-legislative career[edit]

After leaving the legislature, Boatwright became General Counsel for Sacramento Advocates, a prominent California lobbying firm.[3]


Boatwright died on April 27, 2012 at the age of 82. "Dan Boatwright was a dedicated legislator, an early proponent of a national balanced budget amendment and a very good representative of Contra Costa County. I enjoyed his friendship and I will miss him," California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said following his death.[1]


  1. ^ a b "CA state legislator Daniel E. Boatwright dies". BNO News. April 28, 2012. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hearing on Senator Daniel E. Boatwright Highway Bill" Archived 2012-07-18 at Archive.today, California ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, Tom Torlakson, Chair, ACR 178 (Torlakson) - As Introduced: August 9, 2000. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Daniel E. Boatwright" Archived 2009-12-07 at the Wayback Machine, Sacramento Advocates. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
  4. ^ a b DeSaulnier seeks to name portion of Interstate 680 for former-Senator Daniel E. Boatwright Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Saturday, May 09, 2009. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Dent
California State Assemblyman, 10th District
Succeeded by
William P. Baker