Californians on November 7, 2006 elected Bill Lockyer as the 32nd State Treasurer. The State Treasurer’s Office will play a prominent role as California meets the challenge of building the future for a growing and increasingly diverse population. As State Treasurer, Lockyer is committed to using the tools of the Office to help provide residents what they need to create a stronger California – more jobs, superior education, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment.Lockyer’s priorities will be to wisely and prudently invest taxpayers’ money, to ensure the public gets the accountability and oversight it deserves on infrastructure projects funded by voter-approved bonds, and to work with the Governor and Legislature to put California back on sound fiscal footing. To achieve those goals, Lockyer will draw on leadership, management and policymaking skills developed over a public service career spanning more than three decades.From 1999-2006, Lockyer served as California Attorney General and left a lasting legacy at the Department of Justice. In his eight years, he helped revolutionize crime fighting in California by creating and maintaining the nation’s most sophisticated DNA forensic crime laboratory. He also cracked down on Medi-Cal fraud, securing hundreds of millions of dollars in court-ordered restitution and penalties, established the Megan’s Law website to locate and identify registered sex offenders, and recovered billions of dollars for defrauded energy ratepayers, consumers and taxpayers.Prior to his election as Attorney General in 1998, Lockyer served for 25 years in the California Legislature, culminating his Capitol career with a stint as Senate President pro Tempore. In that leadership position, Lockyer crafted agreements to balance the state budget and reform government programs to make them run more efficiently and effectively for taxpayers.A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Lockyer earned his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento while serving in the State Senate. He also received a teaching credential from California State University, Hayward.
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