Jim Wood was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
Wood has lived in Northern California since 1987, when he opened his family dental practice in Cloverdale. He was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006 and has served two terms as Mayor. Wood has worked to make local government more effective through reorganizing city departments to increase efficiency, balancing the budget, and streamlining the building permit process. His priorities are economic development, environmental protection, health care and fiscal reform.
Under Wood’s direction, Healdsburg has maintained a solid bottom line and leads the region in environmental policies. Wood co-founded the Healdsburg Green City Committee to implement green building principles, such as encouraging solar installations, increasing water conservation standards, and expanding energy efficiency rebate programs. The city has the highest renewable power of any city in Sonoma County.
In addition to his work in local government, Wood is a forensic dentistry expert who has been sent to national disaster sites to help identify victims and consults with five Northern California counties. He co-founded a mass disaster identification team in California and helped pass state legislation to standardize county identification procedures, a model now adopted by other states. He has received commendations for this work.
Wood lives in Sonoma County with his wife and son.