Jim Patterson represents the 23rd Assembly District in the California State Assembly and is honored to serve the communities of Auberry, Centerville, Clovis, Fresno, Friant, Minkler, Shaver Lake and Three Rivers. Elected to the Assembly in 2012, he is currently serving his first term.
He and wife Sharon have lived in Fresno for most of their lives, raising three children, and now two grandchildren in the Central Valley.
Jim served two terms as the Mayor of Fresno from 1993-2001. He inherited the leadership of a city in free-fall with exploding crime levels and out of control auto thefts.
After eight years of focused leadership, Jim left the City of Fresno with a $20 million general fund surplus, a AAA credit rating, over a billion dollars of new business approvals that created thousands of new jobs, and a reborn reputation for achievement that the National Civic League recognized when it designated Fresno an All American City in 2000.
Fresno residents saw crime plunge to a 25-year low. Homicides dropped to less than 25 a year and car thefts were down nearly 75 percent.
For the last 30 years Jim has owned and operated radio stations in California and Idaho, and is presently the Managing Partner of radio station KGED, 1680 AM, in Fresno.
He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce committee.
Jim has introduced legislation focusing on improving the business climate in California and in 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1028, which fast-tracks licenses for vocational nurses by removing government red-tape.
Having adopted three children, Jim and his family are passionate advocates for adoption. He is determined to promote adoption during his service in the Legislature. In 2012 his legislation to streamline the process, making it quicker and easier for prospective parents, was signed into law.