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Bill Maze (born in Woodlake, California) is an American politician from California and a member of the Republican Party.

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Background

A US Army veteran, he graduated from California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo in 1968.

Early career

He is a former Chairman and member of the Economic Development Corporation and Business Incentive Zone Council. He has also served as Director of California State Association of Counties, and has headed the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Pro Youth Visalia, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club. Maze is a past member of the Central California Resource Advisory Council for the Federal Bureau of Land Management, CA Farm Bureau and Woodlake Rotary Club.

Maze was a member and chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, where he served for decade before being elected to the legislature in 2002.

Assembly races

In 1998 Maze lost the Republican primary for the California State Assembly against then Fresno mayor pro tem Mike Briggs. He lost the general election as well, where Maze collected about 8000 write-in votes.[1]

In 2002, then 34th district incumbent Republican Phil Wyman decided to seek reelection in the neighboring 36th district instead, leaving Maze as the sole GOP candidate in the heavily Republican district.[2 ] Maze won election to the 34th district, which covers Tulare County, Inyo County, Kern County, and San Bernardino County and won easy reelection in 2004 and 2006.

Assembly career

As an Assemblyman Maze served on the Assembly Budget Committee and the Health Committees, served as Vice Chair of the Agriculture Committee, the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and the Business and Professions Committee. The Assembly Speaker also appointed Maze to numerous Select Committees, including the Select Committee on Foster Care, where he served as Vice Chair.

California State Term Limits prevented Maze from seeking reelection in 2008. His wife Rebecca tried to succeed him, but she lost in the Republican primary.[1]

Family

Maze is married to Becky. They have four sons, one daughter and four grandchildren. He has fourteen rabbits, three pet hedgehogs, a hamster, and recently began, along with his nephew Pat, a vole breeding venture.

References

  1. ^ a b Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "Bill Maze, Republican". JoinCalifornia.com. http://www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/4518. Retrieved 2007-01-25.  
  2. ^ Special Election Issue: Complete Ballot Analysis. February 2002.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Wyman
California State Assembly, 34th District
2002–2008
Succeeded by
Connie Conway
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