Michael D. Antonovich

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Michael Antonovich
Supervisor Antonovich.jpg
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
In office
December 1, 1980 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byBaxter Ward
Succeeded byKathryn Barger
Constituency5th District
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
In office
December 2, 1974 - November 30, 1978
Preceded byJim Keysor
Succeeded byPat Nolan
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
In office
January 8, 1973 - November 30, 1974
Preceded byCarlos Moorhead
Succeeded byHoward Berman
Personal details
Michael Daniel Antonovich

(1939-08-12) August 12, 1939 (age 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christine Hu Huiling
ChildrenMichael Jr.
Mary Christine
Dwight Manley
ResidenceGlendale, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
AwardsCalifornia Legion of Merit
Military service
Allegiance United States of America Flag of California.svg State of California
Branch/serviceCalifornia State Military Reserve
Years of service1 January 2003 – 1 July 2008
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant colonel (CA)
UnitJoint Forces Training Base - Los Alamitos

Michael Dennis Antonovich (born August 12, 1939) is an American politician who was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He represented 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, Antonovich declined to specifically endorse Curb in the general election, but instead endorsed the entire Republican ticket. Curb defeated incumbent Mervyn Dymally in the general election.[2]

In 1984 Antonovich was elected chairman of the California Republican Party[5] and served for two years.[6]

He served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors (to which he was first elected in 1980) 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 the 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] Antonovich lost the San Fernando Valley to Herschensohn.[8]

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

Antonovich served nine four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors and served until 2016, when a limit of three consecutive terms imposed by voters in 2002 forced him to leave office.[9][10] That year, Antonovich ran 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. He lost to Democrat Anthony Portantino, 57 percent to 43 percent.

Michael D. Antonovich Trail near San Dimas, California,[11] and Michael D. Antonovich Regional Park at Joughin Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains[12] are named after him.

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.[13] The university rescinded the appointment,[14] then later restored it.[13][15]

Personal life[edit]

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.[16] Hu has two children with Antonovich: a son, Michael Jr., born in 1999, and a daughter, Mary Christine, born in 2000. In 2017, Antonovich learned through an Ancestry.com DNA test that he had fathered a son, Dwight Manley, who was born in 1965 and placed for adoption.[17]


  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. Archived from the original on 2004-03-09. 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. Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. 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" (Fee). Los Angeles Times Archives -Metro; 2; Zones Desk (Valley Edition). p. 8. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  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. ^ "Mike Antonovich ready for new chapter after more than three decades as LA County supervisor". Dailynews.com. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Michael D Antonovich Trail - San Dimas, CA". Yelp.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ 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...
  14. ^ FLACCUS, GILLIAN (2007-09-14). "GOP politician sent email asking how to stop naming of dean". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California: Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-01-14. ...like appointing al-Qaida in charge of homeland security...
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "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...
  17. ^ https://www.dailynews.com/2019/02/21/using-dna-tests-dwight-manley-found-his-birth-father-l-a-politician-mike-antonovich

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43rd District

January 8, 1973 - November 30, 1974
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December 2, 1974 - November 30, 1978
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