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Pat Wiggins

Member of the California Senate
from the 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2006
Preceded by Wesley Chesbro

Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician

Patricia A. Wiggins (born April 19, 1940 in Pasadena, California) is an American politician and member of the Democratic party. She has been a California State Senator since 2006, representing the 2nd Senate District. Wiggins previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 7th Assembly District from 1998 until 2004, and prior to that was a member of the Santa Rosa city council.

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Background

Wiggins is a second-generation Californian and a resident of Santa Rosa since 1985. She is married to Guy Conner, a computer software engineer, with whom she has two stepsons, Jim and Steve Silverman, and three grandchildren. Pat was an accomplished parachutist, having been raised in a family of daredevils. Her father, Ralph Wiggins, was the stuntman responsible for the wing-walking maneuvers in Robert Redford's classic movie, The Great Waldo Pepper, and her mother Grace was one of the first women ever to parachute.

State Assembly

Wiggins represented the 7th District (Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties) until she was forced out of office by term limits in December 2004. She served as Chair of the Local Government and Banking Committees. In 2000, as an Assemblywoman, Wiggins founded the Legislature's Smart Growth Caucus (www.assembly.ca.gov/sgc), which grew to include 47 of the legislature's 120 members over the next few years. She is the author of AB 857 (statutes of 2002), the most comprehensive state land use planning legislation in thirty years. AB 857 established California's spending priorities for future growth to help prevent sprawl, and to promote compact development and greater social equity. She is also the author of legislation to facilitate farmworker housing, to promote mixed use development, and to increase funding for agricultural protection.

Other legislative initiatives included:

  • AB 2878 (2001), which would have required cities to swap a portion of their sales tax revenue with counties for a portion of the counties' property tax revenue.
  • AB 1268 (initial version) (2003) which would have established statewide urban growth boundaries and inclusionary zoning.
  • AB 2924 (2004) which would have provided grants to install solar panels on publicly subsidized housing developments.

In October 2001, then Wiggins brought together representatives of Napa County and all of its cities and urged them to plan collectively for the area's long-term housing needs. Local officials agreed, and went a step further by agreeing to work together on a comprehensive, county-wide land-use plan. Wiggins provided support throughout the process, which to date has resulted in significant agreements among the governmental entities involved. A comprehensive plan is expected in time for the next housing element cycle in 2007.

State Senate

Wiggins was elected to the California State Senate in November 2006. As a first-term Senator, Wiggins chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Public Employment & Retirement, the Senate Select Committee on California's Wine Industry, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Fisheries & Aquaculture.

On 23 August 2009, Wiggins announced that she will not run for re-election in 2010.[1]

References

  1. ^ Procter, Richard (24 August 2009). "Wiggins will not seek re-election, cites health". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/24/MN4E19CVBR.DTL. Retrieved 24 August 2009.  
California Senate
Preceded by
Wesley Chesbro
California State Senator, 2nd District
2006–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
California Assembly
Preceded by
Valerie Brown
California State Assemblywoman, 7th District
1998–2004
Succeeded by
Noreen Evans
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