Jim Frazier, a local small-business owner, was elected to serve in the State Assembly representing the 11th Assembly District, which includes his hometown of Oakley, and the communities of Pittsburg, Brentwood, Rio Vista, Fairfield, Antioch, Vacaville, and Isleton.
Prior to his election, Frazier served as a City Council member and former Mayor of Oakley.
Frazier became involved in public service after a family tragedy. On December 16, 2000, his two daughters were in a head-on auto collision due to black ice on their way to Lake Tahoe. One daughter died and one was in critical condition. Grief-stricken as the family was, after learning that there had been 143 accidents and many fatalities on that stretch of Highway 50. Frazier’s family succeeded in convincing CalTrans to widen the median and install a new pavement to prevent black ice on that part of the highway. This unfortunate tragedy sparked his interest in highway safety and transit problems.
This effort led to more involvement in public service. As a local government official, Frazier has delivered $83,000,000 for Highway 4 improvements, creating 1,400 new jobs; $50,000,000 to fund highway 160 improvements, creating 160 new jobs; and $33,000,000 to fund the Sand Creek Interchange. However Frazier not only made his mark in transportation, he also has 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 a Commissioner on the Contra Costa County Transit Authority and as Vice-Chair of TRANSPLAN. He is also the Chair of the State Route 4 Bypass Authority, and has been 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.
Among his top priorities for his first term are: protecting the Delta; repairing the infrastructure of our roads and highways; limiting hikes in college tuition; maintaining funds for local public safety and encouraging job creation.
Assemblymember Frazier resides in Oakley with his wife of 33 years, Janet Frazier.