Lois Wolk (born 12 May 1946,
Philadelphia, PA) is a Democratic politician from Davis, California. She is currently serving her third and final term in the California State Assembly. Wolk represents the 8th district, which includes the cities of Benicia, Davis, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland.
First elected to the Assembly in 2002, Wolk subsequently won elections in 2004 and 2006. She terms out in 2008 and is running for the
California State Senatein the 5th district, the seat currently held by Michael Machado.
Wolk is the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and she serves on Assembly Committees on Budget, Local Government, and Natural Resources, as well as the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and Information Technology. In addition, Wolk serves on numerous Select Committees including Biotechnology; California Children’s School Readiness and Health; Domestic Violence; Growth and Infrastructure; Ports; Water, Infrastructure and the Economy; Rural Economic Development; and Wine.
In her five years in the Assembly, Wolk has succeeded in authoring 50 new laws [ [http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a08/legislation.htm Wolk authored legislation] ] . Most recently, in 2007, Governor
Arnold Schwarzeneggersigned 10 Wolk-authored bills including legislation to improve flood protection in flood-prone areas of California’s Central Valley; improve safety on a treacherous stretch of State Highway 12; require more planning for state parks and recreation opportunities for the Central Valley; and provide the Department of Fish and Game with the authority to control highly invasive species that threaten California's water delivery and natural ecosystems.
Wolk has been honored by many organizations for her public service, including the Planning and Conservation League, who named Wolk its 2007 Legislator of the Year for her leadership in water policy and legislation, and for championing a landmark package of flood protection bills to strengthen flood protection in California’s Central Valley and
Sacramento-San Joaquin Deltaregion. The package, which was signed into law by the Governor, included two bills by Wolk and has been described as the most significant accomplishment of the entire 2007 session of the California State Legislature.
In 2007, both the Highway 12 Association and Solano Transportation Authority honored Wolk for her tireless work to develop a Highway 12 safety package with the California Department of Transportation and
California Highway Patrol, and for authoring legislation to establish a safety enhancement double fine zone on a dangerous stretch of State Highway Route 12.
Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Wolk won a seat on the Davis City Council in 1990, and served two terms as Mayor from 1992-94 and 1996-98. She then served as Yolo County Supervisor from 1998 to 2002, chairing the Board in 2000.
Wolk earned her B.A. from
Antioch Collegein 1968, and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1971. She has taught History, Social Studies and French in grades 7 through 12 in both public and private schools. She has been married to Bruce Wolk, Professor of Law at UC Davis Law Schoolsince 1968. They have two sons: Adam and Dan.
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* http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a08/;State Senate Campaign Website
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