D — State Senator, 3rd District
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd District, which includes all or portions of the counties of Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo. First elected to the State Senate in 2016 with Govern for California’s support, Bill is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2024. He is expected to run for reelection in 2020.
First elected to the Napa County Board of Supervisors in 2000 as a Republican, Bill was successfully re-elected three times in what has become an increasingly Democratic county. In 2012, he became a Democrat because he is socially liberal and fiscally conservative and doesn’t feel like there is a place for him in the California Republican Party. Prior to his service on the Napa Board of Supervisors, Dodd ran a small business, owning and operating Culligan Water Treatment franchises in four counties.
During his tenure on the Board of Supervisors, Bill oversaw major infrastructure improvements. His support for major flood improvements and work as Chair of the Napa Flood Control and Water Conservation District paid off in 2005 when the Napa River flooded. The improvements, while not yet complete, helped avert major damage. Dodd also worked to improve youth health in Napa County. He founded the Wolfe Center, the only provider of adolescent drug and alcohol treatment in Napa County. The center now serves approximately 1,000 young people annually. Bill is also a major supporter of the Children’s Health Initiative, which insures poor children with a mixture of public and private funds. In Napa, Bill demonstrated an ability to bring different constituencies together to solve core problems, a practice sorely needed in Sacramento. Elected to the State Assembly in 2014, Bill devoted attention to a wide range of issues related to school safety, seniors, drug and mental health treatment and water. In the Assembly, Dodd helped establish the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, promote career technical education, and create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument – preserving over 330,000 acres of the California Coast Ranges in Napa, Yolo, Solano, Lake, Colusa, Glenn and Mendocino counties.
Bill serves on the Agriculture, Business Professions and Economic Development, Veterans Affairs, and Fairs Allocation and Classification Committees in the Senate. He is Chair of the Governmental Organization Committee. Along with other GFC State Senators, Bill blocked passage of a ban on county contracting, a bill that would have cost billions and cut services to vulnerable populations.