Jim Wood was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
Wood has lived in Northern California since 1987, when he opened his family dental practice in Cloverdale. He was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006 and has served two terms as Mayor. Wood has worked to make local government more effective through reorganizing city departments to increase efficiency, balancing the budget, and streamlining the building permit process. His priorities are economic development, environmental protection, health care and fiscal reform.
In his first year in the Assembly, Wood authored AB 243 which serves as the foundation for regulations around cultivation in this year’s historic medical cannabis package. Additionally he has already introduced two bills related to cannabis for next year. AB 1549 would create the nation’s first State Cannabis Credit Union, this would, for the first time, grant basic financial services to the cannabis industry; and AB 1548 would create an excise tax to generate revenue for environmental cleanup and public safety.
In addition to his work in local government, Wood is a forensic dentistry expert who has been sent to national disaster sites to help identify victims and consults with five Northern California counties. He co-founded a mass disaster identification team in California and helped pass state legislation to standardize county identification procedures, a model now adopted by other states. He has received commendations for this work.
Wood lives in Sonoma County with his wife and son