Dick Ackerman   REPUBLICAN

Former State Senate Republican leader
 Dick Ackerman biography:
Senator Dick Ackerman represents the 33rd Senate District in Orange County. His district includes the communities of Brea, Coto de Caza, Foothill Ranch, Fullerton, La Habra, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. The district also includes parts of Anaheim, Buena Park, Irvine, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana and Tustin. Ackerman was elected to the Senate by an overwhelming majority in 2000 after serving three terms in the Assembly.
Dick Ackerman is a long time Southern California resident. He was born in Long Beach, California and is a graduate of Bellflower High School. In 1964, Ackerman earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and three years later he earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the Hastings School of Law.
Senator Ackerman serves as the Vice-Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. He is also a member of the Committees on Judiciary, Housing and Community Development, and Local Government. In addition, Senator Ackerman serves on the Select Committee on Anti-Terrorism Policy, the Joint Committee on Legislative Budget, the Joint Committee on Arts, and the Select Committee on California?s Wine Industry.
As a member of the State Assembly, Ackerman's legislative priorities included improving California's schools by increasing accountability and strengthening local control of important decisions. He also focused on making California more friendly to business and cutting government waste. For two years, Ackerman served as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and was a member of Appropriations Committee and the Legislative Ethics Committee. Ackerman was a member of the Assembly Local Government and Southern California Water Caucuses, and served on the Select Committee on California Wine and the Speaker's Commission on State and Local Government Finance. During his tenure in the Assembly, Ackerman served on numerous other committees, including Rules, Local Government, Higher Education, Natural Resources, and the Assembly Sub-Committee on Sexual Harassment (Co-Chair). Additionally, Ackerman served on the Republican Caucus Leadership Team where he held the positions of Assistant Republican Leader and Whip. He is also a former member of the California Law Revision Commission.
As a local elected official, Dick Ackerman has been involved in his community for many years. He was a member of the Fullerton City Council for twelve years, twice serving as mayor. Ackerman was also a member of Fullerton's Economic Development Team, Chairman of the Orange County Waste Management Commission, and Vice Chairman of the Southern California Hazardous Waste Management Authority.
Dick Ackerman has also been an active member of the business and education communities, where he has served as a member of the President's Advisory Board to California State University, Fullerton. Ackerman is a past Chamber of Commerce President and a member of several community service organizations such as the Fullerton Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge.
The community has recognized Ackerman's public service contributions by giving him several awards. These prestigious acknowledgments include: 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, 1996 Orange County League of Cities Legislator of the Year, 1997 Republican Party of Orange County Legislator of the Year, 1996 Elected Official of the Year by the Orange County Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce 1996 Educator of the Year and the Regional Centers of Orange County Spotlight Award for Outstanding Service to people with developmental disabilities.
Dick and his wife Linda have lived in Orange County for thirty years. They have three children, Lauren, Marc, and Brett. Lauren is a speech therapist and lives with her husband, John Ramirez, and their daughters, Caitlin and Elizabeth, in Orange County and Marc and Brett both work and live in Southern California.
 
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February 25, 2009: Nossaman LLP law firm announced Ackerman as their newest partner. Ackerman will likely work out of their Orange County office.
OC Register: http://totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/2009/02/25/dick-ackermans-new-job/13715/

April 15, 2008: Sen. David Cogdill (R-SD14) succeeded Ackerman as as the Senate Republican leader. Cogdill was elected to the post by his peers on Feb. 20, 2008, soon after Prop. 93 was defeated which would force Ackerman to retire from the legislature in December 2008.

Feb. 5, 2008: Voters rejected Proposition 93, the term limits initiative. In doing so Ackerman's 2008 term limit was not extended.

2007 - Feb. 2008: Ackerman was a state co-chair, along with Tony Strickland, for Mitt Romney's California leadership team. The team was part of Romney's campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Romney dropped out of the race in February 2008.

2000 - 2008: Represented California State Senate District 33

1995 - 2000: Represented California State Assembly District 72

Last edited by gdicaro on Sept. 11, 2009

Other pages referencing Dick Ackerman: Linda Ackerman, Neil Blais, David Cogdill, Larry Dick, Cathy Herzig, Ron Rogers, Tony Strickland,

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