George Deukmejian
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George Deukmejian dead at 89, public safety and law-and-order dominated two-term governor’s agenda

George Deukmejian

At his inauguration ceremony, Gov. Deukmajian and his wife, Gloria, hold a 486-year-old French Bible on which he took the oath of office.

 (Thomas Kelsey/ Los Angeles Times / Thomas Kelsey/ Los Angeles Times)
George Deukmejian

George Deukmejian, alongside his wife and daughter, raises his hands during his victory speech on Nov. 7, 1978.

 (Los Angeles Times )
George Deukmejian

George Deukmejian served two terms as California governor and built his career on fighting crime, hardening the state’s criminal-justice stance and shoring up its leaky finances.  He spent almost 28 years in Sacramento, enjoying a reputation as someone of unquestioned integrity but whose manner was so severe that he earned the nickname “Iron Duke.” He was 89.

 (Joe Kennedy/ Los Angeles Times)
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Gov. George Deukmejian and wife, Gloria, look  happily at their daughter Leslie, who is waiting her turn to enter All Saints Episcopal Church for her wedding on July 19, 1986.

 (Penni Gladstone/ Los Angeles Times / Penni Gladstone/ Los Angeles Times)
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Sen. Pete Wilson, second from left, and Gov. George Deukmejian, in white hat, are surrounded by Native Americans shortly after they entered the party at the Irvine Ranch.

 (Don Tormey/ Los Angeles Times / Don Tormey/ Los Angeles Times)
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Governor George Deukmejian and his wife Gloria, vote in Belmont Shore in Long Beach on Nov. 2, 1982.

 (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times)
George Deukmejian

California Gov. George Deukmejian and his wife watch as Mrs. George Finlayson, wife of the British consul general, curtsies before Queen Elizabeth II in a reception line at the Broadway Street Pier in San Diego in February, 1983.

 (George Rose)
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Maj. Gen. William Jefferds and Gov. George Deukmejian salute National Guardsmen at Camp Roberts, Calif., in 1984.

 (Los Angeles Times)
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Gov. George Deukmejian meets the press on June 4, 1986, as he begins his drive for the upcoming November election.

 (File photo / Los Angeles Times)
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Philippines President Cory Aquino waves to supporters after greeting California Gov. George Deukmejian, center, and his wife, Gloria, left,  in San Francisco on Sept. 15, 1986.

 (Paul Sakuma / Assocaited Press)
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A signed photograph of former President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan with former California Gov. George Deukmejian. The photo is his from official archives doanted to Cal State Long Beach.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson, right, shakes hands with presidential candidate George Bush as California Gov. George Deukmejian looks on at a rally in Orange, Calif., on June 8, 1988.

 (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)
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From left, former California Govs. George Deukmejian, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., in May 2005.

 (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)
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From left, Gov. Gray Davis, former Gov. George Deukmejian and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher at a news conference at the Museum Of Tolerance in February 2000.

 (Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times)
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At a 2008 news conference, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and, from left, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson, Jerry Brown and George Deukmejian join Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley in urging Californians to vote no on Proposition 5.

 (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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