Ralph M. Brown

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Ralph M. Brown
53rd Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
January 1959 – September 1961
Preceded byLuther H. Lincoln
Succeeded byJesse M. Unruh
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
January 4, 1943 – September 19, 1961
Preceded byByrl Salsman
Succeeded byJohn Veneman
Personal details
Ralph Milton Brown

(1908-09-16)September 16, 1908
Somerset, Kentucky
DiedApril 9, 1966(1966-04-09) (aged 57)
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLillian G. Weber

Ralph Milton Brown (September 16, 1908 – April 9, 1966) was a member of the California State Assembly representing the 30th State Assembly district from 1943 to 1961.[1] Born in Somerset, Kentucky and a resident of Modesto, California, he was Speaker of the Assembly from January 1959 until he resigned in September 1961 to accept appointment to the California Courts of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District Court. He is best known for writing the Brown Act, California's first sunshine law, providing for increased public access to government meetings, which was enacted in 1953.


  1. ^ "Ralph M. Brown". joincalifornia.com.
California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 30th District
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1959–September 1961
Succeeded by