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Senator John Vasconcellos

– In Memory –


John Vasconcellos, a former Senator and Assembly Member and California’s longest continuously serving legislator until 2004, died in his home in Santa Clara on Saturday, May 24th.

Mr. Vasconcellos was more than a visionary – he was a bold, forceful advocate for what he believed in – always for the betterment of his fellow humans. Sometimes irascible, often impatient to “move the bill” and to cease the aimless discussions, he was usually the keenest mind in the room.

As an Assembly Member, he became chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. In the State Senate, he chaired the Public Safety, Education, and Economic Development committees, as well as the Senate Subcommittee on Aging, where he authored SB 1061, the nursing home standardized admission agreement bill. He authored numerous bills to improve education and assistance to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Many of us would like to think we’ve left the world a better place than we found it. John Vasconcellos actually did. There was nobody like him and the void in the universe is large without him.

"We must become both hospice workers to support the peaceful dying and letting go of our traditional culture of fear and cynicism, and midwives to gently usher in our emerging culture of trust and mutual regard - and with it a more hopeful human future."

– John Vasconcellos