[Many agricultural counties] are far more important in the life of the State than their population bears to the entire population of the State. It is for this reason that I have never been in favor of restricting their representation in our State Senate to a strictly population basis. It is the same reason that the founding fathers of our country gave balanced representation to the States of the Union, equal representation in one House and proportionate representation based upon population in the other.
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Source Notes: Source: EARL WARREN, governor of California, speech at Merced, California, October 29, 1948, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 1948, p. 3.Warren was asking for a no vote on a proposition which would reconstitute the state senate on the basis of population.
Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 July 9, 1974) was a California district attorney, the 30th Governor of California, and the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (from 1953 to 1969). As Chief Justice, his term of office was marked by numerous rulings affecting, among other things, the legal status of racial segregation, civil rights, separation of church and state and police arrest procedure in the United States.