As a 5th generation Stocktonian, Cathleen has lived and worked in the San Joaquin Valley all of her life. While working in public service, she has been involved in a wide range of issues including protecting agriculture, cleaning up the air in the Central Valley, cutting government waste and fraud and fighting for Cal-Grant expansions so that more kids can go to college. Additionally, she helped to secure funding and support for UC Merced as a consultant to the Legislative Committee on the Development of UC Merced.
During her first term in the Legislature, Galgiani has worked to protect agriculture, improve education, protect health-care funding, increase public safety, enhance public transportation and save taxpayer dollars. Additionally, Cathleen continues to work diligently on Homeownership Preservation through legislation and local workshops. The home mortgage crisis has disproportionately affected the 5th Senate District and Cathleen will continue to work on solutions and relief for troubled homeowners.
In 2008, then-Assemblymember Galgiani authored AB 3034 which approved the first phase of the nation’s first High Speed Rail system in California. AB 3034, which later became Proposition 1A was approved by the voters on the November ballot. Her bill culminates decades of work by elected officials to bring the largest infrastructure project in the California since the state highways were built to the Central Valley. This project will be an incredible boost to California’s economy and the Central Valley by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
In the Assembly, Galgiani represented the San Joaquin Valley in the Legislative Committees on Agriculture, Higher Education, Governmental Organization and Transportation Committees. She was also a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council Auxiliary of San Joaquin County, an advisory member of Crime Victims United of California and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, High Speed Rail Committee of Merced and the Board of Directors of San Joaquin A+.