Pat Wiggins Retired State Senator
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Messages from Senator Wiggins
Representing the North Coast in the State Legislature has been both a privilege and an honor. Over the course of 10 years (six in the Assembly and four in the Senate), my offices have been open to your opinions and ideas on issues both large and small, be they focused on local, state or even national matters.
Some of your suggestions served as the basis for legislation, and some of that legislation went on to become law. Government truly works best when people work together.
During my 10-year career in the Legislature, I’ve had 140 pieces of legislation enacted into law, including: AB 857, the most comprehensive state land use and infrastructure law passed in 30 years; SB 497, which prevented vast stretches of our precious coastline from being destroyed in the name of commercial and residential development; AB 1475, establishing the Safe Routes to School program which has provided tens of millions of dollars to local governments to ensure that California school children have safer passage between home and school; and AB 858 and AB 635, which prevented appropriations of water from North Coast rivers until the potential impact on salmon and steelhead populations could be assessed.
The accomplishments page of this web site highlights my legislative accomplishments in the Assembly and Senate, focusing on bills and resolutions that I authored during my career (along with a few that I co-authored with other Legislators).
Not all of the measures that I’ve had enacted into law are reflected in this web site. However, the measures contained herein provide an excellent overview of my policy priorities as a member of the Legislature – protecting working families, defending the environment, conserving agricultural lands and wild lands, strengthening consumer protections, overturning archaic or needless laws hindering California’s wine industry, and giving struggling or endangered species a fighting chance to recover.
Thank you for your calls, letters, emails, petitions, faxes and visits over the years. California is a better place when people like you choose to be involved.
Patricia Wiggins, Senator
Delivered August 23, 2009 at the Women in the Wine Country event
First, let me thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support, your friendship and your counsel over the years.
However, there is still important work to be done –– and we must still work together.
Your contributions will go towards the causes in the District that are important to us: protecting the environment, helping working families, fighting for better and smarter government – all the issues we have worked so hard on for so long.
My friends – it is a privilege to represent you – the greatest district in California. I thank you so much –
You are all in my heart.
Labor Day Speech September 2009
Labor Day is special to me for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that I grew up in, a Union household. My father was a member of the Machinist’s Union, for more than thirty years.
Because I grew up in a Union household, my childhood was safe, and secure.
Now some of you may know that I do not plan to run for re-election next year. One of the things I'll miss most, once I leave office, is working with the men and women of organized labor.
Pat Wiggins, 1275 4th Street, #386, Santa Rosa, CA 95404