Former state Attorney General dies
March 15, 2017
• John Van de Kamp was 81
• “John understood the higher calling of public service”
John Van de Kamp, a former California Attorney General and a failed candidate for governor, has died. He was 81.
“John Van de Kamp lived for the values of justice and opportunity that define the state of California,” says Xavier Becerra, the state’s current Attorney General. “John understood the higher calling of public service. He performed for the people of California like few others.”
The cause of Mr. Van de Kamp’s death was not announced. It was reported that he died at his Pasadena home following a short illness.
He was a Los Angeles County district attorney earlier in his career. He tried for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1990 but lost to Dianne Feinstein.
“John represented a golden era of politics, when the public's interest was always the priority over partisan gain,” says Harvey Rosenfield, founder of the Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.