Assemblymember Jim Frazier
Assemblymember Jim Frazier was elected in 2012 to represent the 11th District and has served as chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee since 2015.
Frazier became involved in public service after a family tragedy. In December 2000, his two daughters were driving to Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 when they were involved in a head-on collision caused by black ice. His oldest daughter, Stephanie, suffered fatal injuries. His younger daughter was hospitalized in critical condition. (She has since fully recovered.)
Grief-stricken, Frazier worked to help prevent other families from undergoing the same painful experience. In his research, he learned that there had been 143 accidents and numerous fatalities on the same two-mile stretch where his daughters’ accident had occurred. He succeeded in convincing Caltrans to widen the median and install a new pavement that would prevent black ice from forming on that part of the highway.
This unfortunate tragedy sparked Frazier’s interest in highway safety and transportation infrastructure improvements, which led to his interest in public service. He got himself appointed to the Planning Commission in his home town of Oakley, then was elected to the City Council and served as mayor.
In the Legislature Frazier has worked hard to protect young drivers. He has twice authored bills to extend California’s provisional driver license program that currently applies to drivers under age 18 to include first-time drivers under age 21.
Assemblymember Frazier is a longtime Delta resident and currently resides in Discovery Bay.