About Bill Lockyer
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.