Press Release

Hertzberg Praises Kevin Starr, Laments His Passing

The former state librarian and historian was an "intellectual giant"

January 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today regarding the death of former State Librarian Kevin Starr this past weekend:

“I am deeply impacted to hear about the passing of Kevin Starr, a lifelong friend, an outstanding mentor and a one-of-a-kind intellectual giant who shaped Californians’ understanding of our history and ourselves like no one before him.

“Kevin was an extraordinary person who was just as passionate and caring as he was intellectually rigorous. He understood the complexities and intricacies of California, its history and its phenomenal rise to prominence. He was a warrior for our Golden State and all of its promise, and he never stopped working to enlighten and assist others working on California’s behalf.

“I will miss Kevin and his warmth and guidance, and I thank him for his contributions, which will be cherished for generations to come.”


Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Water and Natural Resources, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at


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