Jim Frazier, a local small-business owner, was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012 to represent the 11th Assembly District. He was recently appointed Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and serves on the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review, Insurance and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Frazier became involved in public service after a family tragedy. On December 16, 2000, his two daughters were in a head-on auto collision caused by black ice on their way to Lake Tahoe. The accident was fatal for his oldest daughter, and left his younger daughter in critical condition. Grief-stricken, Frazier and his wife Janet worked to help prevent other families from undergoing the same painful experience. In their research, they learned that there had been 143 accidents and numerous fatalities on the same two-mile stretch where his daughters’ accident had occurred. Jim and Janet succeeded in convincing Caltrans to widen the median and install a new pavement that would prevent black ice from forming on that part of the highway. This unfortunate tragedy sparked Frazier’s interest in highway safety and transportation infrastructure improvements, which led to his further involvement in public service.
Since being elected, Frazier has made it his mission to be accessible to all of his constituents. To accomplish that, he has held numerous community coffees and mobile district offices. Frazier also continues to be a strong advocate for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. As a member of the Delta Protection Commission, his continuous efforts are focused on the protection of fish and wildlife, safeguarding farmers and their flourishing agricultural industry, the promotion of water conservation and improved water quality, the responsible management of land use and development, and the preservation of the environmental and economic viability of the Delta.
Assemblymember Frazier resides in Oakley with his wife of 35 years, Janet Frazier, and his beloved black Labrador, Rocky.