Robert B. Presley (December 4, 1924 – September 22, 2018) was an American politician who served as a California State Senator from 1975 to 1994.
Personal life, education, and Career
Presley was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1924. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, and then worked with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for 24 years, with 12 years as a Riverside County Undersheriff.
Elected in 1974 on the Democrat Party ticket, Presley served in the California State Senate from 1975 to 1994 representing California's 36th State Senate district. He then ran unsuccessfully for the California's State Board of Equalization in 1994, but became Chairman of the California Youthful Offender Parole Board from 1995 to 1999, and then served as secretary of the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency from 1999 to 2003.
The Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies was established at the University of California, Riverside in 1994, and when the County of Riverside built a new central jail in downtown Riverside, the new facility was named after him also.