Political Notebook

State Senate, Assembly adjourn in honor of Jack Hall, who died Wednesday

The death this week of longtime Democratic Party activist and government relations expert Jack Hall didn’t go unnoticed in the state Capitol.

Both the state Senate and Assembly adjourned in Mr. Hall’s honor on Thursday.

Fittingly for Mr. Hall — who was widely known for his bipartisan nature — he was honored by Republicans. In the Assembly, it was Tulare’s Connie Conway, and in the Senate it was Anthony Cannella of Ceres.

On the Senate floor, Cannella called Hall “my go-to person.”

“Anytime I had an issue or a constituent had an issue Jack was always there to help,” Cannella said. “He was so involved in the community.”

San Diego Democrat Marty Block, who was friends with Mr. Hall and also is with his younger brother Vince Hall, said on the Senate floor that the death was “a tragic loss. Jack was just a wonderful person... he will be very much missed.”

Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, added in Senate floor comments that “to know Jack was to love him... (he was) always warm and kind with that Irish twinkle in his eye.”

Mr. Hall died Wednesday in Fresno after a short battle with cancer. He was 57.