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Bill Lockyer

Bill Lockyer is a retired American politician from California, who held elective office from 1973 to 2015, as State Treasurer of California, California Attorney General, and President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate

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Bill Lockyer attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science in 1965. The following year, Bill Lockyer received a Teaching Credential from CSU in Hayward, then worked for his father's roofing company and as a fork-lift driver at Ward's before getting his first job with the Legislature on the staff of Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. In 1986, Bill Lockyer graduated with a J.D. from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Bill Lockyer began his own political career as a School Board member of the San Leandro Unified School District, as chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, and California coordinator of Senator George McGovern's 1972 campaign for the Presidency.

Bill Lockyer first won a State Assembly seat in a Special Election of September 4, 1973, following the accidental death of his political mentor, Bay Area Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. He served in the legislature for the next twenty-five years, more than half that time in the state senate, where, in 1994, he was chosen by his peers to be President Pro Tem, the most powerful position of the upper legislative house.

In his spare time, Bill Lockyer attended law school classes in Sacramento and received a law degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

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March 5, 2021

Bill Lockyer Says Biden Administration Must Confront These Major Issues

Bill Lockyer Says Biden Administration Must Confront These Major Issues Bill Lockyer enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service in California. After many years in the California state legislature, Mr. Lockyer served as California’s attorney general, and later, as the State Treasurer. He knows from firsthand experience how hard it is to govern […]

March 5, 2021

Former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer: Why the Law Should Always Precede Politics, No Matter Your Party

Bill Lockyer On Why the Law Should Always Precede Politics, No Matter Your Party The law should always come before politics, and that’s a concept Bill Lockyer stands behind 100 percent. A former California Attorney General, Lockyer recently discussed how Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to appoint a state attorney general who supports his view, and why existing law should […]

March 5, 2021

Bill Lockyer Discusses How a Lawsuit Brought a Proper Burial for Native American Ishi

Bill Lockyer recently discussed how a lawsuit brought a proper Native American burial for Ishi. Native American communities have been marginalized across the country for decades. In fact, numerous universities and museums have been holding collections of Native American bones for visitors to view and enjoy. This is something that would never happen with European […]

February 1, 2021

The Biden Presidency and Hate Crimes

President Joe Biden launched his campaign after watching a 2019 speech delivered by then-President Donald Trump regarding violence at a white nationalist rally. The line of Trump’s speech that incited Biden to action was that there existed “very fine people on both sides.” One protester of the racist rally had died, explains Bill Lockyer. While […]

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