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December 27, 2012

John Quimby, a former state legislator who went on to spend three decades as a lobbyist, has died of complications related to pneumonia.

Quimby, 77, had overcome polio as a child and later battled pulmonary disease that was brought on by his confinement to a wheelchair, his prepared obituary states.

The Democratic lawmaker was first elected to the state Assembly in 1962. He served what was then the 72nd Assembly District, which spanned parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, for 12 years before losing in a primary in 1974. Quimby continued to represent those counties in the Capitol after he lost, not as an elected official but as a lobbyist starting in 1980. He retired from lobbying in 2011.

While in the Legislature, Quimby authored a namesake law that required developers to donate land or money for local parks. He enjoyed reminiscing about his time in the state Legislature, which was marked by the reign of famed former Assembly Speaker Jesse M. Unruh.

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