Michael D. Antonovich

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Michael Antonovich
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Assumed office
December 1, 1980
Preceded by Baxter Ward
Constituency 5th District
Personal details
Born (1939-08-12) August 12, 1939 (age 77)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christine Hsu
Children Michael Jr.
Mary Christine
Residence Los Angeles
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
Website antonovich.lacounty.gov

Michael Dennis Antonovich (born August 12, 1939) is a politician and the most senior-serving member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He represents the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Antonovich was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Thomas Alva Edison Junior High, where one of his classmates was Henry Waxman.[2] He graduated from John Marshall High School and enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1957. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Antonovich graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1963 with a bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in 1966.[3] Antonovich taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District[4] and later at Pepperdine University.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1969, Antonovich was elected to the newly formed Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.[2]

In 1972, he was elected to the California State Assembly and for three terms represented Glendale, Burbank, Sunland, Tujunga, Atwater, Griffith Park, Lakeview Terrace and Sun Valley. He served as a Republican Whip in the Assembly from 1976 to 1978.[5]

Antonovich ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of California in 1978 against Mike Curb. After Curb defeated him in the primary and in the general election, he declined to specifically endorse Curb, but instead endorsed the entire Republican ticket. Curb defeated incumbent Mervyn Dymally in the general election.[2] In 1984 he was elected chairman of the California Republican Party[5] and served for two years.[6]

He served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 1983, 1987 and 1991 and as the so-called "Mayor of Los Angeles County" in 1983, 1987, 1991, 2001 and 2006.[5]

He ran for U.S. Senate in 1986 in a three way primary. Antonovich received the endorsement of television evangelist Pat Robertson.[7] He and Bruce Herschensohn were unsuccessful, and Ed Zschau went on to lose to the incumbent, Alan Cranston.[2] He lost the San Fernando Valley to Herschensohn.[8] He was re-elected in 2012 and can serve until 2016, when term limits will force him to leave office.[9]

From 2007 to 2013, Antonovich received $1,862,796.59 in campaign contributions, reported by Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk records. [1]

Chemerinsky appointment[edit]

Antonovich objected to the appointment of Duke University professor Erwin Chemerinsky to be dean of the new law school at the University of California, Irvine, and lobbied against it.[10] The university rescinded the appointment,[11] then later restored it.[10][12]


Antonovich is of Croatian descent.[2]

On February 15, 1998, he married Christine Hu Huiling, a Mandarin-speaking actress from Dalian, China, before 900 guests; Red Buttons and Pat Boone were lay lectors.[13] Hu has two children with Antonovich: a son, Michael Jr., born in 1999, and a daughter, Mary Christine, born in 2000.


  1. ^ "District Information". Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e GREENE, ROBERT (2002-12-31). "Mike Antonovich, Metropolitan News-Enterprise Person of the Year 2002; County Supervisor Puts a Priority on Justice". Metropolitan News-Enterprise Online. Los Angeles, California: Metropolitan News Company. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Michael D. Antonovich Biographical Information" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Michael D. Antonovich". Pacific Council on International Policy. Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "Michael Antonovich Biography". South Coast Air Quality Management District. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  6. ^ Gizzi, John (2003-09-26). "Politics 2003, Week of September 29". Human Events. Washington, D.C.: Eagle Publishing. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  7. ^ TV evangelist endorses Mike Antonovich. Lodi News-Sentinel. 20 May 1986.
  8. ^ Simon, Richard (June 5, 1986). "Valley Candidates Took a Drubbing at Home in GOP Senate Voting In 2016, Antonovich is running for California State Senator for the 25th District, which includes the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Upland, Sierra Madre, the unincorporated communities of Altadena, East Pasadena, and La Crescenta-Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village and Sunland-Tujunga." (Fee). Los Angeles Times Archives -Metro; 2; Zones Desk (Valley Edition). p. 8. Retrieved 2008-12-11.  line feed character in |title= at position 63 (help)
  9. ^ "Measure B: Term Limits: Board of Supervisors - Los Angeles County, CA". Smart Voter. League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 2002-04-20. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  10. ^ a b FISHER, MARLA JO (2007-09-17). "UCI rehires law dean". The Orange County Register. Santa Ana, California: Freedom Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-14. ...fracas over the hiring, firing and rehiring of law professor Erwin Chemerinsky... 
  11. ^ FLACCUS, GILLIAN (2007-09-14). "GOP politician sent email asking how to stop naming of dean". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California: Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-01-14. ...like appointing al-Qaida in charge of homeland security... [dead link]
  12. ^ Therolf, Garrett; Dolan, Maura (2007-09-15). "UCI reportedly working on deal to rehire Chemerinsky" (fee required). Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. A.1. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  13. ^ "SUPERVISOR ANTONOVICH TO WED HU SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1998". Archived from the original on 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2008-01-14. A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW THE CEREMONY AT THE BURBANK HILTON HOTEL... 

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Carlos Moorhead
California State Assemblyman
43rd District

Succeeded by
Howard Berman
Preceded by
Jim Keysor
California State Assemblyman
41st District

Succeeded by
Pat Nolan
Political offices
Preceded by
Baxter Ward
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
5th District

Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Reinecke
Chair of the California Republican Party
Succeeded by
Bob Naylor