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California State SenateCandidate for District 3

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Bill Dodd

State Senator
323,317 votes (68.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing the critical housing and homelessness issues facing the state of California.
  • Improving disaster preparedness and response.
  • Combatting pollution, especially from plastics.



Senator, District 3, California State Senate — Elected position (2016–current)
Assemblymember, District 4, California State Assembly — Elected position (2014–2016)
Napa County Supervisor, County of Napa — Elected position (2001–2014)


California State University, Chico Bachelor's Degree, Business


Elected to represent California's Third Senate District in 2016. During his 20 years of public service Bill Dodd has built a reputation for delivering solutions on issues affecting real people. He has led the way on legislation to improve wildfire prevention and response, protect consumers and small businesses, and better manage our natural resources. He has also authored bills 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 Senate, Bill served 2 years in the Assembly and 14 years on the Napa County Board of Supervisors. 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 has been one of California's most prolific lawmakers, passing 67 new laws over the last 5 years, and 7 new bills that were just signed by the governor in the 2020 legislative session. For his work, he's earned high honors from the CAL FIRE firefighters, American Legion, local governments, consumer advocates and more. In 2014 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Napa Chamber of Commerce 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.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Bill Dodd:

I proudly coauthored SB 100, to achieve 100% carbon-neutral energy by 2045. That is a critical step forward, but we also need to tackle auto emissions, which are the largest source of GHG emissions in California. I will continue supporting legislation to expand electric vehicle and fuel cell deployment.

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Bill Dodd:

The housing shortage is a critical problem. In the Legislature, I coauthored a successful $3 billion housing bond and a bill creating a continuous funding stream of an additional quarter of a billion dollars per year. I have also supported dozens of new laws to support housing development. However, there is still much to do. I am supportive of measures to eliminate unreasonable delays, discretionary approvals and fees, while providing incentives (such as density bonuses) to projects that include significant amounts of affordable housing. 

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Bill Dodd:

I have supported numerous reforms to support diversion of non-serious, non-violent offenders from state prisons. We need to focus on the underlying causes, such as drug addiction and mental health. At the same time, parolees should be provided a better continuum of care once their released to help prevent recidivism.

Lastly, I truly believe that investing in our education system on the front-end will help prevent young people from ending up in the criminal justice system in the first place. Supporting children, especially in disadvantaged communities is key.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Bill Dodd:

I have been a leader in statewide water policy and in issues dealing with protecting the Delta. I authored the author of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, a law to better manage our precious water resources for environmental and human needs. I have authored several other measures to improve groundwater management and stream monitoring. I am proud to have successfully opposed the ill-advised "twin tunnels" proposal in the Delta.

I will continue working to adopt policies that ensure California will be a vibrant, sustainable state – now, and for future generations.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,356,177

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
California Teachers Association
California Faculty Association
AKT Development and employees
Operating Engineers Local 3

More information about contributions

By State:

California 83.17%
Texas 2.43%
District of Columbia 2.00%
Illinois 1.69%
Other 10.71%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.26%)
Small contributions (0.74%)

By Type:

From organizations (75.38%)
From individuals (24.62%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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