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Alan Sieroty
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Member of the California Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
24 March 1977 – 30 November 1982
Preceded by Anthony C. Beilenson
Succeeded by Herschel Rosenthal
Member of the California Assembly
In office
2 January 1967 – 24 March 1977
Preceded by Anthony C. Beilenson
Succeeded by Mel Levine
Constituency 59th District (1967–1974)
44th District (1974–1977)
Personal details
Alan Gerald Sieroty

(1930-12-13)December 13, 1930
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died March 16, 2024(2024-03-16) (aged 93)
Political party Democratic
Education Stanford University (AB)
USC Gould School of Law (JD)

Alan Gerald Sieroty (13 December 1930 – 16 March 2024) was an American politician and attorney who served as a member of both chambers of the California State Legislature.

Early life and education

Born in Los Angeles, California, Sieroty was the son of retail store chain executive Julian M. Sieroty and the grandson of Adolph Sieroty, the downtown Los Angeles merchant who built the historic Eastern Columbia Building. His mother was Jean Sieroty, an immigrant from Poland who became a philanthropist and activist. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School, then received his A.B. in Economics in 1952 from Stanford University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He then received his LL.B. from USC Gould School of Law in 1956. Sieroty is Jewish.


From 1961 to 1965, he was Administrative Assistant and Executive Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Glenn M. Anderson. From 1965 to 1966, Sieroty was Deputy Director of the Chile-California Program.

A Democrat, Sieroty was a California State Assemblyman from 1967 until 1977, when he resigned just two months into his sixth term to become a California State Senator. He was re-elected in 1978 but did not seek re-election in 1982. Sieroty was the author of the bill which made the California Sabretooth Tiger (Smilodon californicus) the official state fossil. His fellow politicians in the Legislature named a Marin County beach for him, Alan Sieroty Beach.

He was Chairman of the Arts Task Force of the National Conference of State Legislatures and was also a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1985, Sieroty became founding vice president of the California State Summer School for the Arts and has been a member of its board of trustees ever since.

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