William Harold Dodd (born June 10, 1956) is an American politician who is currently serving in the California State Senate. He is a Democrat representing the 3rd Senate District, which encompasses the northern San Francisco Bay Area and Delta region.
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 3rd district
|Assumed office |
December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Lois Wolk|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 4th district
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Mariko Yamada|
|Succeeded by||Cecilia Aguiar-Curry|
|Napa County Board of Supervisors|
William Harold Dodd
June 10, 1956
|Political party||Democratic (2013–present)|
|Republican (before 2013)|
|Alma mater||California State University, Chico.|
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Dodd served in the California State Assembly representing the 4th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano, and Colusa Counties. Before serving in the Assembly, he served on the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
During his time in the water industry, Dodd was active in the water quality industry's state and national trade associations. In 1985 he was elected President of the Pacific Water Quality Association and in 1994, elected to National Water Quality Association. During his tenure, the industry embraced third-party certification of water treatment products and lobbied in Sacramento on important legislation to protect consumers. He was awarded the PWQA and WQA Hall of Fame Award, Award of Merit for work in PR and Governmental affairs.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Bill served on the Napa County Board of Supervisors for 14 years. He also represented the cities and county of Napa on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission including a two-year term as chairman. In addition, Dodd served as an Honorary Commander for the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base. Other boards and commission service included the Chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission of Napa County, Chair of the Napa County League of Governments, Chair of the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency, and Chair of the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
During his tenure as supervisor, Dodd worked with officials and the community to improve Napa's infrastructure, foster economic development while supporting workers, and protect community services for the county's most vulnerable. Dodd helped secure nearly $100 million in funding for the Jamison Canyon Road project (Highway 12) and transportation projects in the Napa, Solano and Sonoma County corridor.
In 2013, having previously been a registered Republican, Dodd changed his affiliation to the Democratic Party. In explaining the change, Dodd described himself as "a fiscal conservative but I agree with the Democratic viewpoint on most social issues". He also described himself as a pragmatist who parted company with the Republicans on the Board of Supervisors due to the outright opposition of the party to any tax increases, while Dodd supported a property tax increase to raise additional revenue.
In 2014 Dodd ran for the District 4 Assembly seat. After gaining the most votes in the primary, Dodd defeated Republican Charlie Schaupp in a run-off election. Dodd won the seat by a 62-38 percent margin. Dodd was named to the Transportation, Water, Parks and Wildlife, Business and Professions, Agriculture and Rules Committee.
Dodd declared his candidacy for the State Senate, District 3 in July 2015 and was endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Alex Padilla, along with the majority of members in the Senate, Assembly and local elected officials. He defeated liberal Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada with 58% of the vote to win election to the Senate.
Dodd graduated from California State University, Chico in 1978, majoring in business administration. He was involved in student government, serving on the Policy Advisory Board and as president of the Inter-Fraternity Council.
Dodd serves on the boards of the Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation, Justin-Siena High School, Health Care for the Poor Committee, Wolfe Center Youth Drug and Alcohol Center, Children's Health Initiative and is an honorary member of Hospice, Adult Day Services and Clinic Ole.
Dodd and wife Mary reside in Napa. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
|Republican||Greg "Coach" Coppes||54,525||22.6|
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