Charles "Chuck" Poochigian
Former State Senator and Assemblymember
Chuck Poochigian is a principal at the Central California firm of Dowling, Aaron and Keeler. Mr. Poochigian served as a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006 and as a member of the California State Assembly from 1994 to 1998. While in the Legislature, he represented eastern parts of Central California from Bakersfield to Lodi. He previously served in senior positions in the administrations of Governor George Deukmajian and Governor Pete Wilson.
Senator Poochigian held key leadership positions throughout his legislative service. In the Assembly, he chaired the Appropriations Committee and was Republican Caucus Chair in the State Senate. He served as a legislative appointee to the Little Hoover Commission by both Democratic and Republican leaders.
Mr. Poochigian received numerous awards for legislative leadership during his years in public office. The California Journal named him "Rookie of the Year" in his first term and rated him among the top five legislators in the Assembly. In 1999 the political magazine described him as "A voice of reason highly respected for his problem-solving skills."
Throughout his legislative career, Mr. Poochigian focused his efforts on a range of major policy issues facing our state. He authored numerous laws that involved comprehensive reform requiring bi-partisan consensus, including worker's compensation, education and public safety. He was a strong advocate for victim's rights and for expanding higher education opportunities and improving scholastic achievement of students at low-performing schools. Mr. Poochigian also advocated prudent fiscal policies and sound planning to assure adequacy of public infrastructure and fairness in the distribution of resources while living within our means.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Mr. Poochigian practiced general civil and business law and served for six years as a member of California Air National Guard.
Mr. Poochigian holds a degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.