Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) issued the following statement upon being sworn in as the Senator for California’s 3rd Senate District, replacing termed-out Senator Lois Wolk:
“It’s an absolute honor to serve the people of California and our beautiful district. It’s more important than ever for California lead the nation on building prosperity and social justice. I am committed to expanding the progress we’ve already made and ensuring that we provide future generations with a California we can all be proud to call home.
I am eager to work with Governor Brown and my colleagues in the Legislature to invest in education, protect our environment, and strengthen our economy. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of my predecessor Senator Lois Wolk, who has devoted her life to public service. On behalf of the people of the State of California, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for her years of service and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties.
During his public service Bill has built a reputation for delivering solutions on issues affecting real people. He has led the way on legislation to deal with gender pay equity, worked to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain area as a national monument, co-wrote the law creating an Earned Income Tax Credit in California, and helped secure $400 million dollars for career technical education throughout the state.
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 of this powerful regional body. In addition, Bill 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.
Bill graduated from Justin-Siena High School and California State University, Chico. He went on to own and operate one of the largest full-service Culligan Water operations in California. During this time, Bill served as President of the national and state trade associations: the Water Quality Association and the Pacific Water Quality Association.
Through the years, he has been a member of the Justin-Siena High School Board of Trustees, Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation, the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Rotary Club, and the Queen of the Valley Health Care for the Poor Committee.
Bill was honored in 2014 by the Napa Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year for his work in raising over $3 million dollars for local charities to help those individuals who need it most. As a founder of the Wolfe Center, a youth drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, and founding director of the Napa County Children’s Health Initiative, Bill has led many successes for these organizations.
Bill and his wife Mary have five grown children and four grandchildren.