State Treasurer Bill Lockyer to retire

June 3, 2013 10:01:54 AM PDT
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has announced that he will retire at the end of his current term.

Lockyer, 72, has held elective public office since 1968, when voters made him a member of the San Leandro Unified School District board. He served on the board until 1973. In 1973, Lockyer won a special election to represent the 14th Assembly District, succeeding his boss and mentor, Bob Crown, after Crown's death in a tragic accident. Lockyer served 25 years in the Legislature, from 1973-1998.

He moved from the Assembly to the Senate in 1982, when he won election to represent the upper house's 10th District. Lockyer capped his legislative career with a tenure as President Pro Tem of the Senate from 1994-1998.

"It's tough to leave a career I have loved. It's been an exciting, fulfilling and rewarding 45 years. I've never felt anything but honored and privileged to serve my community and this state. And I cherish the people I've worked with and the friends I've made along the way. But it's time to make the break and explore other opportunities. I don't have any definite plans right now, other than to do my job as Treasurer. But I look forward to starting a new phase of my life," said Lockyer.

By the time he retires, Lockyer will have served 16 years as a statewide constitutional officer ? eight years as Attorney General (1998-2006) and eight more as State Treasurer (2006-2014). Lockyer's involvement in politics preceded his election to the San Leandro school board. He founded the UC Berkeley Student Democrats in 1960, and started a six-year stint as chairman of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee in 1967.