Jim Patterson is the incumbent Republican candidate running for reelection in District 23 of the California State Assembly. Patterson has held the office since December of 2012. District 23 includes eastern Fresno County and parts of Tulare County. For most of his professional career he was a businessman and a broadcasting executive owning and operating radio stations in California and Idaho.
Jim Patterson served as the Mayor of Fresno for two terms, lasting from 1993-2001. Patterson left the City of Fresno with a $20 million fund surplus, a AAA credit rating, over a billion dollars of new business approvals that created thousands of jobs, and a fully funded pension system. Crime plunged to a 25-year low. Homicides dropped to less than 25 a year and car thefts were down about 75 percent.
Patterson is the Vice-Chair of both the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee and the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. Jim is also the Co-Chair of the Aviation Caucus. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1968 and has logged nearly 2,500 hours of flight time. He is determined to promote adoption during his service in the Legislature and has authored several laws that streamline the process, making it quicker and easier for parents seeking to adopt.