Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, today took the oath of office in Sacramento for his second term representing the 5thAssembly District.
“I’m honored to continue to serve our district and champion our rural way of life,” said Bigelow. “While the past two years have brought some incredible progress – such as the passage of a water bond and the creation of a rainy day fund – there’s many problems left to solve. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to get good things done for our region.”
As a fourth-generation Californian and lifelong rancher, Bigelow has provided a much-needed voice in Sacramento on issues affecting agriculture and the state’s rural communities. He was first sworn into the Assembly in 2012 and quickly distinguished himself as a rising leader, where he was named Vice Chair of the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee, Vice Chair of the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, and Chair of the California Legislative Rural Caucus.
In the past two years, Bigelow has delivered tangible results for the 5thAssembly District and the entire state. Highlights include the signing of his bill to crack down on cattle theft (AB 1722), the passage of a voter-approved measure to create a state rainy day fund (Proposition 2), and the passage of a historic water bond that he helped negotiate (Proposition 1). Prop. 1, which was approved by more than 67 percent of the voters, provides a much-needed down payment for many vital water storage projects and will help create a reliable water supply for the future.
Bigelow hopes to build on those accomplishments in his second term by making further progress on issues important to his constituents, many of whom live in rural areas.
“Over the next two years, I’ll continue to work with my colleagues from all parties to ensure adequate health care access for rural communities, protect school funding, keep our county fairs open for business and repeal the fire tax,” said Bigelow. “I will also monitor the implementation of California’s new groundwater law and work to reverse the many serious flaws it contains, such as the jeopardizing of private property rights and the potential to create billions of dollars in new fees.”