By 1968, Dick's close friends had persuaded him to run for the Monrovia City Council. He was elected and served eight years as Councilman and Mayor. In 1976, Dick decided not to seek re-election to the city council. He was already planning a run for the State Assembly two years later.
Despite not appearing on the ballot in '76, Dick was nearly re-elected to the city council because of the enormous number of write-in votes he received.
In 1978, Dick Mountjoy defeated a 35-year incumbent and won election to the State Assembly from the 61st District. He was one of the Proposition 13 babies, riding into Sacramento with a tax-cutting fervor.
Although the Legislature was eventually forced to deal with the Workers' Comp situation many of the problems are yet to be resolved.
As a freshman Legislator, he was appointed to the Assembly Rules Committee -- the first time ever that a freshman was named to this prestigious committee.
In 1982, he was elected Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman under the Republican Leader, Bob Naylor.
Throughout his career in the legislature, Dick Mountjoy has never shied away from controversial issues.
In 1991, Dick met Irwin Trester and Tom Hagerman. Together, they enlisted the help of 4,000 small businesses in a campaign to stop Workers' Compensation fraud and reform the Workers' Comp system.
After democrats killed his reform bills in committee, Dick took to the floor of the Assembly with amendment after amendment to keep the issue at the forefront.
Dick Mountjoy established one of the first FAX networks to update the businesses every time there was a vote on the amendments. At times, speaker Willie Brown would shut off Dick's microphone so he couldn't talk and continue to raise the issue.
Dick was sworn in as a member of the State Senate, where he continued to take up issues close to his heart.
When studies began to show the dangerous effects of the gasoline additive MTBE, Dick began a push to have MTBE banned [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]