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John Laird


Picture of John Laird
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-27 77212 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic AD-27 129410 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic AD-27 99530 Win
08-17-2010 Democratic SD-15 79835 Loss
11-03-2020 Democratic SD-17 320090 Win
11-05-2024 Democratic SD-17 0

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 29, 1950 in Santa Rosa, CA
Partner: John Flores

1972-1974: District Staff, Congressman Jerome R. Waldie
1972: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1981-1990: Member, Santa Cruz City Council
1983-1984: Mayor of Santa Cruz
1984: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1988: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1992: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1992: Presidential Elector
1993: Special Primary Candidate for AD-27 (Lost; 15.9%)
1994-2002: Trustee, Cabrillo College
1996: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1996: Presidential Elector
1987-1988: Mayor of Santa Cruz
2000: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2000: Presidential Elector
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2008-2010: Member, California Integrated Waste Management Board*
2009-2011: Co-Chair, Californians for an Effective Legislature (opposed to a part-time legislature)
2011-2019: Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

  • The California Integrated Waste Management Board was abolished by SB 63 (Strickland) in January 2010.
  • CAPITOL CONNECTION: While growing up in Vallejo, Laird's father was the Principal of John Swett High School in Crockett.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2003-04)