Gordon Hickman Garland

Gordon Hickman Garland
48th Speaker of the
California State Assembly
In office
January 1940 – January 1942
Preceded by Paul Peek
Succeeded by Charles W. Lyon
Constituency Turlare County and Kings County, California
Personal details
Born May 16, 1898
Lebanon, Missouri
Died May 20, 1986(1986-05-20) (aged 88)
Exeter, California
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator, Rancher, Director of DMV, CHP Commissioner, Lobbyist

Gordon Garland (May 16, 1898 – May 20, 1986)[1] was a conservative Democratic California state legislator and the 48th Speaker of the California State Assembly. [2] Garland also served as Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the 1940s and was also Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. After leaving state government, he became a lobbyist for the Golden Gate Bridge District, the California Water Association, and the California Chiropractic Association and was widely regarded as an expert on water issues in California. Garland was one of ten legislators that wrote the legislation to create the Central Valley Project. [3]

During his Speakership between 1940 and 1942, Garland was often at odds with Governor Culbert L. Olson, a fellow Democrat. Governor Olson's staff was implicated in an electronic eavesdropping scheme in 1940, when bugging devices were discovered in Garland's hotel room in Sacramento. [4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Biographical and career info from 1986 obituary/news article: LA Times, "Famed For Clashes with Governor: Ex-Speaker Gordon Garland Dies at 88," May 24, 1986, p E-7."
  3. ^ LA Times, "Famed For Clashes with Governor: Ex Speaker Gordon Garland Dies at 88," May 24, 1986, p E-7."
  4. ^ LA Times, "Assembly Opens Probe of Garland Spy Plot," Feb. 22, 1940, p. 1.
Preceded by
Paul Peek
Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1940–January 1942
Succeeded by
Charles W. Lyon

External links

  • [2] California Assembly web page

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