Meet Cathleen

Assemblymember Cathleen GalgianiCathleen Galgiani Candidate for State Senate, District 5

Since her election to the State Assembly in 2006, Assemblymember Galgiani has worked to facilitate the fast-moving development of the nation’s first High-Speed Rail project which will create 600,000 new jobs, and put California’s economy on a fast-track to recovery. Assemblymember Galgiani has worked to facilitate the creation and development of California’s newest University of California Campus, UC Merced, and is continuing her work to bring a “School of Medicine” to the campus. As Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, she has sought to promote and protect California’s vibrant agricultural region — the breadbasket to the world.

Assemblymember Galgiani authored AB 3034 which placed Proposition 1A, the California High-Speed Train Bond Act of 2008 on the ballot. Assemblymember Galgiani has worked with California’s Labor Community, the California Chamber, and the Sierra Club, in a collaborative effort to secure more than $3 billion dollars in Federal stimulus funding for High-Speed Rail – more than twice the amount received by any other state. She is recognized in California and nationally as a major advocate, and has addressed National and International conferences on High Speed Rail as the transportation mode of the 21st Century.

Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Galgiani served as the consultant to the Legislative Committee on the Development of UC Merced to help secure funding and support for the establishment of California’s 10th University of California Campus, UC Merced. UC Merced’s initial application was filed in 2002, and the first class of students was admitted in 2005. UC Merced is now home to more than 5,000 students, providing opportunities for the highest number of students from low-income families, and the highest number of students who are the first in their family to attend a UC campus.

Upon her election, Assemblymember Galgiani began working to persuade UC officials to start the planning stages for creating a “School of Medicine” at UC Merced. California is expected to have a shortage of 17,000 physicians by the year 2015. In the Fall of 2011, the first class of six medical students will enter the “UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME)” program. This first class will begin their medical education at UC Davis in August 2011, and clinical rotations in the Valley at partner institutions as early as 2013.

As a member of the Legislature, Assemblymember Galgiani has also focused her attention on:

Protecting the San Joaquin Delta and Water Rights for farmers. In 2008, she Co-Authored SB 59 (The Reliable Water Supply Bond Act) to help protect the San Joaquin Delta, which supplies more than 25 million people with water. As Chair of the Agriculture Committee, she worked with the Farm Bureau and Western Growers Association to negotiate amendments relative to protecting farmers water rights in the 2010 Water Bond package.

Providing mental health care services for California’s youth, including our youth in the LGBT community: Assemblymember Galgiani authored AB 1780 (2008) to develop the administrative structure for the operations and fiscal management of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program, which provides mental health services for our children & youth.

Developing the “Court Appointed Special Advocates of Merced County” (CASA), whose goal is to provide a safe haven for all foster care children of Merced County: CASA provides highly trained advocates to assist foster children by uniting the court system with agencies serving children in need of protection from further abuse and neglect.

Establishing a “Family Justice Center” to bring a team of professionals together under one roof to provide multiple services for victims of domestic violence, and their children: In 2010, she authored AB 1770 to allow Stanislaus County to establish a Family Justice Center, similar to the model that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice. As a former member of the Auxiliary for the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County, Assemblymember Galgiani recognizes the important role prevention plays in addressing child abuse and neglect.

Creating the Small Business Enterprise program for California’s High Speed Rail Project: The High Speed Rail Authority has assembled teams of the best minds throughout the world to guide our scientists and engineers in the newest technologies for high-speed rail systems. Opportunities to benefit from revolutions in new technology should be shared with California’s small business enterprises during the engineering, design, and construction phases of the project.

Cathleen Galgiani was elected to represent the 17th Assembly District of the California State Legislature in November, 2006. The 17th Assembly District, home to some of the richest agricultural land in the world, includes Merced County, and portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

Assemblymember Galgiani previously worked for former First Lady Sharon Davis, Congressmember John Garamendi during his tenure as Insurance Commissioner, former State Senator Patrick Johnston, former Assemblymember Barbara Matthews, and former Stockton City Councilmember Loralee McGaughey.

Prior to working in the Legislature, she spent eight years as a physical therapy aide at San Joaquin General Hospital and Dameron Hospital in San Joaquin County where she worked with patients recovering from strokes, and other debilitating injuries and diseases.

Assemblymember Galgiani Chairs the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, the Select Committee on High-Speed Rail for California and the Select Committee on Continued Expansion of the 10th University of California Campus, Merced. She serves on the Committee on Higher Education, the Committee on Transportation, the Committee on Governmental Organization, and the Select Committee on Biotechnology.