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Governor appoints McPeak’s successor

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 at 2:51 pm in State politics.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed a Los Angeles man and attorney Dale Bonner to succeed former Contra Costa County Supervisor Sunne Wright McPeak as the state’s secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

McPeak left the governor’s cabinet last November to head up the California Emerging Technology Fund.

Link to Bonner’s profile here.

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Here’s the governor’s press release:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dale E. Bonner as the secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H).

“Last November, California voters approved the historic $37.3 billion Strategic Growth Plan bonds to rebuild California and in my State of the State address, I proposed additional investments in transportation along with implementing more public-private partnerships. Dale’s commitment to public service and background in both state government and the private sector are tremendous assets as we invest in California’s future,” said Governor Schwarzenegger

Bonner has served as a partner in the law firm Epstein Becker & Green since 2002, where he specializes in government contracts, health care law and represents domestic and foreign technology and services firms in state and local procurement matters. From 1999 to 2002, he was of counsel to the law firm Hogan & Hartson. Prior to going into private practice, Bonner served in the public sector as commissioner for the California Department of Corporations from 1998 to 1999 and deputy secretary and general counsel for BT&H from 1996 to 1998. At the Department of Corporations, he was responsible for overseeing the regulation of California’s corporate securities, financial services and managed care industries. Bonner previously was deputy legal affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Pete Wilson from 1992 to 1996. He serves on the California Science Center Board of Directors and is a past member of the BT&H Expert Review Panel, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and California Performance Review Commission. He became a member of the California State Bar in 1991.

“I have had a life-long interest in public service and am honored Governor Schwarzenegger has chosen me for this position,” said Bonner. “I look forward to working with the Governor, who has been visionary in his efforts to rebuild California’s infrastructure and stimulate our economy.”

Bonner, 41, of Los Angeles, earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $157,000. Bonner is a Republican.

The state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) oversees the activities of 13 departments consisting of more than 42,000 employees, a budget greater than $11 billion, plus several economic development programs and commissions. Its operations address financial services, transportation, affordable housing, real estate, managed health care plans and public safety.

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