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Remembering California Governor George Deukmejian

Walt Zeboski / AP Photo

In this May 20, 1987 file photo Democratic presidential, Michael Dukakis, the Massachusetts governor, left, and Republican California Governor George Deukmejian, chat at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

Walt Zeboski / AP Photo

George Deukmejian, California's 35th Governor, died May 8, just shy of his 90th birthday.

Known as the "Iron Duke," Deukmejian was focused on public safety but wasn't afraid to go against his own party when necessary.

Steve Merksamer served as chief of staff for Deukmejian and spoke with CapRadio's Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler about his legacy.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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