Jim Frazier, a local small-business owner and sportsman, was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012 to represent the 11th Assembly District. The 11th District encompasses portions of Solano, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties and includes the following cities, towns and areas: Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.
Assemblymember Frazier currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, which oversees issues pertaining to Transit Authority, California Highway Patrol, vehicles, aircraft, and vessels; operation, licensing and registration, and drivers licenses.
Frazier became involved in public service after a family tragedy. On December 16, 2000, his two daughters were in a head-on auto collision caused by black ice on their way to Lake Tahoe. The accident was fatal for his oldest daughter, and left his younger daughter in critical condition. Grief-stricken, Frazier worked to help prevent other families from undergoing the same painful experience. In his research, he learned that there had been 143 accidents and numerous fatalities on the same two-mile stretch where his daughters' accident had occurred. Jim succeeded in convincing Caltrans to widen the median and install a new pavement that would prevent black ice from forming on that part of the highway. This unfortunate tragedy sparked Frazier's interest in highway safety and transportation infrastructure improvements, which led to his further involvement in public service.
In 2008, Frazier was elected to the Oakley City Council after serving on the city's Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee. He later served as the Mayor of Oakley from 2011-2012. As a local government official, Frazier delivered $83,000,000 for Highway 4 Bypass improvements, creating 1,400 new jobs; $50,000,000 to fund highway 160 improvements, creating 700 new jobs; and $33,000,000 to fund the Sand Creek Interchange. Frazier not only made his mark in transportation, he also fought for the successful opening of a first-of-its kind medical clinic in Oakley and helped build the area's first "all-abilities" playground for children with special needs. Frazier also served as Chair of TRANSPLAN, was Chair of the State Route 4 Bypass Authority, and a member of the E-BART Advisory Committee. He received the Oakley Citizen of the Year Award, the Threads of Hope Award, and the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Frazier joined the legislature in 2012, working tirelessly ever since to fix the struggles California's residents face with transportation, water, and veterans issues. In 2014, Frazier was appointed as Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee by Speaker Toni Atkins. He also serves as a member on the Assembly's Veterans Affairs Committee, Accountability and Administration Review Committee, and Insurance Committee. Frazier also serves as an Advisory Member of the State Public Works Board.
Since being elected, Frazier has made it his mission to be accessible to all of his constituents. To accomplish that, he has held numerous community coffees and mobile district offices. Frazier also continues to be a strong advocate for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. As a member of the Delta Protection Commission, his continuous efforts are focused on the protection of fish and wildlife, safeguarding farmers and their flourishing agricultural industry, the promotion of water conservation and improved water quality, the responsible management of land use and development, and the preservation of the environmental and economic viability of the Delta.
In the coming years, Frazier's priorities will include increased funding to California's transportation infrastructure, the ongoing protection of the Delta, helping increase access to services for Veterans, maintaining funds for local public safety, restoring aid for special needs programs, and encouraging job creation.
Assemblymember Frazier is a longtime Delta resident and currently resides in Oakley.