H. L. Richardson

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Bill Richardson
Hubert Leon Richardson

(1927-12-28) December 28, 1927 (age 91)
Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Alma materOlympic College
Cornish College of the Arts
Known forFounder of Gun Owners of America
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenDoug Richardson

Hubert Leon "Bill" Richardson (born December 28, 1927) founded Gun Owners of America (GOA) in 1975 and served as a California state senator from 1966–89. He served as the state senate's Republican Caucus Chair for several of these years.[1] He was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1974, having been defeated by incumbent Alan Cranston. He ran for Congress in 1962, and again in 1992, having lost 40-51 percent to Democrat Vic Fazio, member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 3rd congressional district.[2]

Richardson was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1927[3] and served in the United States Navy in World War II.[1] He was educated at Olympic College and the Cornish Conservatory, both in Seattle, Washington.[4] He is the father of action-film screenwriter Doug Richardson.[1]


  • Slightly to the Right. Whittier, California: Constructive Action, 1965.
  • What Makes You Think We Read the Bills? Ottawa, Illinois: Caroline House, 1978.
  • The Devil's Eye. Dallas: Word, 1995.
  • The Shadows of Crazy Mountain. Dallas: Word, 1996.
  • Split Ticket. Dallas: Word, 1996.
  • Confrontational Politics. Ventura, California: Nordskog, 2010.


  1. ^ a b c "H. L. "Bill" Richardson". JoinCalifornia. One Voter Project; retrieved 31 March 2011.
  2. ^ California Journal, May 1992, Vol XXIII, No 5, page 227.
  3. ^ LLC, Marquis Who's Who (10 September 1977). "Who's who in Government". Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated. Retrieved 10 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "H. L. Richardson". The Complete Marquis Who's Who Biographies: Who's Who in the West, 20th, 21st, 22nd editions. May 16, 2006; retrieved March 31, 2011.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Max Rafferty
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Paul Gann