Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Upbringing, education and family 1.2 Description and personality 2 Early political career 3 State Senate 4 City Council 4.1 Elections 4.2 Legislation 5 Legacy 6 References 7 Further reading

Biography[edit] Upbringing, education and family[edit] Holden was born in Macon, Georgia, the son of a railroad brakeman in the Central of Georgia yards. He moved with his mother and brothers to a cold-water flat in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when he was 10; he quit high school at age 16, when, although he was under age, he enlisted in the Army, where he became a military policeman. Back home, he earned a high school diploma in night school and later studied design and engineering in the evenings at West Coast University. He worked for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, then moved to California in 1955 and worked as an aerospace engineer.[1][2] He has two sons, Chris Holden, a California State Assemblymember, and Reginald Holden, a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff.[3][4] Description and personality[edit] Holden was an amateur boxer as a teenager, weighing only 167 pounds. At age 59, he was a "tall, gray-haired dignified-looking man in a nicely conservative suit."[2] Holden completed the Los Angeles Marathon in 1990 and 1991, when he was in his sixties.[4] He had two sides to his personality, Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Boyarsky wrote in 1989 — "The Nice Nate" and "The Mean Nate." On one hand, Holden was "a gentle, considerate, compassionate person much of the time." On the other hand, Boyarsky wrote, Holden is marked by a "hostile toughness . . . when he discusses the way black leaders refused to back him in unsuccessful races and in his election to the council." Fellow councilman John Ferraro said of Holden, "He is gruff and he is rough, but he has a big heart."[2]

Early political career[edit] In California, he became active in Democratic politics; he was a member of the "steering committee for the California Democratic Council's peace delegation" and an officer of the Alta Loma Democratic Club. Holden made his first run for public office in 1968, when he was an unsuccessful candidate in California's 26th congressional district, which at the time included Beverly Hills, part of Culver City, most of Venice and some of Santa Monica and West Los Angeles. He became president of the CDC in 1970 and that year made two more runs for Congress.[2][5]

State Senate[edit] This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (June 2011) Holden began his service as a state senator in 1974, but gave up his office after four years to campaign unsuccessfully for the Congressional seat ultimately won by Julian C. Dixon.[2]

City Council[edit] Elections[edit] 1987: Holden took a leave from his job as assistant chief deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn to run against Homer Broome Jr. for the 10th District seat that had been vacated by the resignation of Dave Cunningham. Holden won by a 2–1 margin, even though Broome had been endorsed by Mayor Tom Bradley. Another candidate was Esther M. Lofton, who received fewer than 100 votes.[6][7] 1989: Holden took on Mayor Bradley directly when he entered the race for mayor. He angered some of his constituents during the campaign when he supported the proposed breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.[4] It was noted just before the election that Bradley's campaign fund vastly surpassed Holden's — $1,085,861 to $67,252. Bradley received 52 percent of vote to win in the April primary.[8] 1991: Lofton, 60, a former schoolteacher "with no political base," challenged Holden again, stating she would not accept campaign contributions.[7][9] When the votes were counted, Lofton had won an "astounding 28%," the Los Angeles Times remarked editorially, ascribing the large percentage to Holden's "hands-off policy regarding Police Chief Daryl Gates.[10] 1995: Holden was challenged in the April primary by Deputy District Attorney Kevin A. Ross and by Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate J. Stanley (Stan) Sanders. In the final election against Sanders in June, Holden received 54% of the vote and was elected.[11] Legislation[edit] 1987: Forbidding the sale or manufacture of realistic toy guns. Bill passed.[12] 1990: Requiring buyers of Rolex watches to register the serial number with police, to make it difficult for crooks to sell them. Introduced in the wake of a rash of Rolex thefts of about one a day, with some owners killed.[13] 1999: Requiring cable companies to remove sneakers tied together and left dangling from overhead lines. Holden said they were "menacing signals of gang territory and drug sales." Police officials said they were just pranks. Bill passed.[14]

Legacy[edit] The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center at 4718 West Washington Boulevard is named in his honor.

References[edit] ^ Victor Merina, "Favored Holden Unfazed," Los Angeles Times, May 27, 1987, pages D-1 and D-3 Library card required ^ a b c d e Bill Boyarsky, "Takes On Bradley in Mayoral Race," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1989, page 1 Library card required ^ Official website ^ a b c Peter Y. Hong, "Sparks Fly," Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1995 ^ "24 Candidates Seek Four Congress Posts," March 31, 1968, page WS-6 Library card required ^ Frank Clifford and Victor Merina, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 1987, pages B-1 and B-3 Library card required ^ a b James Rainey, "Ferraro and Holden Appear to Be Facing Easy Reelection," Los Angeles Times, February 17, 1991, page 5 Library card required ^ Richard Simon, "The Elections," Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1989 ^ Jane Fritsch, "Holden Stages Low-Key Race for Reelection," Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1991, page 1 ^ "Results That Should Scare Somebody," April 11, 1991, page 6 Library card required ^ Peter Y. Hong, "Holden Says He'll Mend Fences With Constituents," Los Angeles Times, June 13, 1995 ^ Frederick M. Muir, "L.A. Bans Realistic Toy Guns," Los Angeles Times, December 2, 1987 ^ Frederick M. Muir, "Holden Seeks Registration of Rolex Watches," Los Angeles Times, September 14, 1990 ^ "Council Steps Boldly Into Sneakers Issue," Los Angeles Times, September 15, 1999

Further reading[edit] Beyda v. City of Los Angeles (sexual harassment appeal) Erin J. Aubry in LA Weekly on the 1999 10th District election Political offices Preceded by David Cunningham Los Angeles City Council 10th District 1987–2002 Succeeded by Martin Ludlow California Senate Preceded by Lawrence E. Walsh California State Senator30th district 1974—1978 Succeeded by Diane Watson Retrieved from "" Categories: 1929 birthsLiving peopleCalifornia State SenatorsLos Angeles City Council membersPeople from Macon, GeorgiaPoliticians from Elizabeth, New JerseyCalifornia DemocratsAfrican-American state legislators in CaliforniaAmerican military personnel of World War IIHidden categories: Articles to be expanded from June 2011All articles to be expandedArticles using small message boxes

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