John Benoit


Age: 64

veteran state legislator and supervisor of Riverside County, California who was a Republican elected to the Assembly in 2002 and the state Senate in 2008, whose best-known legislation he wrote was Aryanna's Law in 2006, which requires child day-care facilities to publicly disclose health and safety violations (the law was prompted by the day-care death of a Riverside child), and who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, then won a second term in 2014.

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Born: December 27, 1951

Died: December 26, 2016

Palm Desert, California