Edward Ted Craig

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Edward "Ted" Craig

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 3 Aug 1979 (aged 82)
Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
Memorial ID 38870525 · View Source
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Edward "Ted" Craig (1896 - 1979) was a Republican politician from Orange County, California who served in the California State Assembly from 1929 to 1937. Craig served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1935 through 1936.

Edward Craig was raised in Olinda, California until 1912, when his family moved to Brea. With only an 8th grade education, Craig's original career was as an oil tool machinist. His lack of a higher education did not stop later success in life. In 1928, Craig was elected to the Brea City Council to fill the seat held by his father, who had just retired. That same year, he won a seat in the State Assembly. Craig was elected Speaker of the Assembly in 1935. As Speaker, he was instrumental in switching from the archaic and time-consuming "oral roll call" voting process in the Assembly, to a new push-button electric voting system in 1935. Craig also served as Mayor of Brea while he was Speaker of the Assembly, as the Assembly was a part-time institution in the 1930s. Craig became a lobbyist for Pacific Lighting Corporation late in 1936, a position he held for 28 years. As a lobbyist, Craig was credited in 1953 for convincing Congress to exempt the El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline from requirements of being a common carrier. In 1964, Craig retired from Pacific Lighting and became the lobbyist for Orange County, California. He was credited for passing a legislative amendment to allow Orange County to use revenue bonds to finance public buildings. As a fixture at the State Capitol for 50 years, Ted Craig was still referred to by legislators and staff as "Mr. Speaker" as he lobbied the legislature in the late 1970s.

He died at age 82 in August 1979, survived by his son, Thomas Craig of Wichita, Kansas. In 1980, the California legislature adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 45 to honor the life and legacy of former Assembly Speaker Edward Craig.

Ted Craig Regional Park, located in Brea and Fullerton, Ca, is named in his honor.
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 38870525
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward "Ted" Craig (12 Nov 1896–3 Aug 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38870525, citing Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ghost Town Gal (contributor 46616557) .