Pat Bates has a well-earned reputation as one of California’s most accomplished public servants. She was the driving force behind Laguna Niguel’s campaign for cityhood and became its first Mayor upon the City’s incorporation in 1989. She served four terms as Mayor and then continued serving as a City Council Member until her election to the State Assembly.
In 1998, Pat ran for the State Assembly and was overwhelmingly elected by Orange and San Diego County voters to the 73rd Assembly District. In the Assembly, she served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Assembly Health Committee; and was the founding Chair of the Republican Women’s Caucus. While serving in the Assembly, Pat was appointed to the prestigious Little Hoover Commission; and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to serve on his historic California Performance Review Commission – responsible for providing recommendations on reforming State Government and its operations.
As a State Legislator, Pat was widely regarded by her colleagues as a proven consensus builder – able to bring people together and get things done for the good of the state and her district – and worked diligently to make our communities safer and more livable.
In 2006, Pat ran for the Board of Supervisors, defeating an opponent who spent over $4 million, out spending Pat by a near 3 to 1 margin. On January 9, 2007, Pat was sworn-in as Supervisor by former State Education Secretary and Senator Marian Bergeson.
As only the fourth woman ever elected to the Board of Supervisors, Pat has worked diligently to protect taxpayers and improve her County’s fiscal outlook; create business friendly policies to attract jobs; maintain high levels of public safety; shorten the timeline for delivery of transportation projects; implement pension and retiree medical liability reform measures and protect our coastal environment.
A native of Southern California, Pat grew up in Long Beach and moved to South Orange County 35 years ago. She is married to Architect John Bates. Pat and John have two adult children, and four grandchildren.