Bates Bio

A History of Accomplishment for the People of Orange County

Pat Bates has a well-earned reputation as one of Orange County’s most accomplished public servants. She was the driving force behind Laguna Niguel’s campaign for cityhood and became its first Mayor upon the City’s incorporation in 1989. She served four terms as Mayor and then continued serving as a City Council Member until her election to the State Assembly in 1998. After completing three successful terms as Assemblywoman for California’s 73rd Assembly District, Pat was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors by the voters of the Fifth District in 2006.

Pat’s role as a member of the City Council provided her many opportunities to serve the community on both a local and regional level, including as Chair of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (ETRPA), the leading governmental entity in the 10 year fight to stop the El Toro Airport.

In 1998, Pat ran for the State Assembly and was overwhelmingly elected by the people of the 73rd Assembly District. In the Assembly, she served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Assembly Health Committee; and was the founding Chair of the Republican Women’s Caucus. While serving in the Assembly, Pat was appointed to the prestigious Little Hoover Commission; and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to serve on his historic California Performance Review Commission – responsible for providing recommendations on reforming State Government and its operations.

As a State Legislator, Pat was widely regarded by her colleagues as a proven consensus builder – able to bring people together and get things done for the good of the state and her district – and worked diligently to make our communities safer and more livable.

On January 9, 2007, Pat was sworn-in as Supervisor for Orange County’s Fifth District by former Supervisor Marian Bergeson. As only the fourth woman ever elected to the Board of Supervisors, Pat has worked diligently to protect taxpayers and improve Orange County’s fiscal outlook; create business friendly policies to attract jobs; maintain high levels of public safety; shorten the timeline for delivery of transportation projects; implement pension and retiree medical liability reform measures and protect our coastal environment.

Pat Bates began her professional career as a social caseworker in South Central Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, Pat grew up in Long Beach and moved to South Orange County in 1978. She is married to Architect John Bates. Pat and John have two adult children, and four grandchildren.