Daniel E. Boatwright

Daniel E. Boatwright

Daniel E. Boatwright (born January 29, 1930, in Harrison, Arkansas) is a Democratic politician from the state of California. Boatwright was a longtime state legislator from Concord, California, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Boatwright served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.[1] He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and got a law degree.[2]


Pre-legislative career

Boatwright worked as a Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney from 1960 to 1963. He entered elective politics by serving on the Concord City Council from 1966 until 1972 and served as Mayor from 1966 until 1968.[3]

Legislative career

In 1972, he was elected to the California State Assembly and was reelected until 1980. He became Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a very influential post. In 1980, he was elected to the California State Senate. He quickly became popular in his suburban district and was not seriously challenged for reelection. During the 1980s, he served as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.[2]

In the state legislature, Boatwright was considered a political moderate who occasionally broke with party orthodoxy and got along well with his Republican colleagues. However, this fit well with his constituents. But his career was cut short when California voters passed term limits in 1990. As a result, Boatwright was forced to retire from the Senate in 1996.[3]

Post-legislative career

After leaving the legislature, Boatwright became General Counsel for Sacramento Advocates, a prominent California lobbying firm.[2]


  1. ^ "Hearing on Senator Daniel E. Boatwright Highway Bill", California ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, Tom Torlakson, Chair, ACR 178 (Torlakson) - As Introduced: August 9, 2000. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Daniel E. Boatwright", Sacramento Advocates. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
  3. ^ a b DeSaulnier seeks to name portion of Interstate 680 for former-Senator Daniel E. Boatwright, Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Saturday, May 09, 2009. Retrieved Jan 21, 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Dent
California State Assemblyman, 10th District
Succeeded by
William P. Baker

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