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Dave Cogdill


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Maddy Institute
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-2000 Republican AD-25 90122 Win
11-05-2002 Republican AD-25 68949 Win
11-02-2004 Republican AD-25 111336 Win
11-07-2006 Republican SD-14 167804 Win

Candidate Biography:

David Ellis Cogdill
Born: December 31, 1950 in Long Beach, CA
Married: Stephanie
Children: David Jr. and Meghan Merrell
Military Service: ANG
Died: July 23, 2017 in CA

1971-1977: Clerk Typist, Mono County Assessor's Office
1977-1979: Chief Appraiser, Mono County Assessor's Office
1975-1979: Member, Bridgeport Fire Protection District Board of Directors
1991-1995: Member, Modesto City Council
1996-1997: Member, Modesto City Council
2008-2009: Minority Leader, California State Senate
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2009: Early Primary Candidate for SD-14 in 2010 (Withdrew)
2010-2012: Chairman, the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute (CSU Fresno)
2010: Proponent, Proposition 18 [Water Bond] (Rescheduled to 2012)
2011-2013: Assessor, Stanislaus County

  • AWARD: Winner (with Darrell Steinberg, Karen Bass, and Mike Villines) of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (2010).  
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB X7 2 (2009), "The Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010", a $11.1 billion Bond which was scheduled to appear on the November 2010 ballot as Proposition 18, that would fund the creation of a large channel to transport water to Southern California. It is expected that this would be the largest infrastructure project in California in 50 years. 
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Expanded Local Pension Benefits): Cogdill was one of 7 State Assemblymembers (and 14 legislators overall) who voted against AB 616 (2001) by Tom Calderon, which allowed California cities, counties and special districts to offer retirement benefit factors up to 3% at age 60. These higher benefit factors led to severe unfunded pension liabilities in a number of cities a decade later.
  • ABOUT DAVE: "We also shared something else, something very few people share. We shared the experience of leading a minority caucus through some very tough times. That's a short sentence. But trust me, there aren't words to describe the totality of that experience. You only know the full meaning of that sentence after you've walked in those shoes... He was a great man of character, of decency and the highest integrity. His actions were always derived from the purest motives." - Dennis Hollingsworth (Facebook, 7/23/2017)

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2001-02)
Source: "Emanuel honors its top cardiac care fund-raisers", Modesto Bee (11/21/2010)