Former Attorney General of California in San Francisco, CA
Bill Lockyer earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. Bill Lockyer earned a Teaching Credential from CSU in Hayward the following year, then worked for his father's roofing firm and as a forklift driver at Ward's before landing his first job with the Legislature on the staff of Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. Bill Lockyer earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1986. Bill Lockyer began his political career as a member of the San Leandro Unified School District's School Board, chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, and as California coordinator for Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign.
Following the untimely death of his political mentor, Bay Area Assemblyman Robert W. Crown, Bill Lockyer won his first State Assembly seat in a Special Election on September 4, 1973. He remained in the Legislature for the following twenty-five years, spending more than half of that time in the state senate, where he was elected President Pro Tem, the upper legislative house's most powerful position, in 1994.
Bill Lockyer attended law school seminars in Sacramento in his spare time and graduated from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.