Das Williams

Dohassen Gault-Williams[1] (born June 29, 1974), better known as Das Williams, is an American politician who currently serves as County Supervisor on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. He represents the First District, which encompasses Carpinteria, most of Santa Barbara, and parts of the Los Padres National Forest. He formerly served in the California State Assembly, representing the 37th district, encompassing parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santa Barbara City Council. He is a Democrat.

Das Williams
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 37th district
35th district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byPedro Nava
Succeeded byMonique Limón
Santa Barbara City Councillor
In office
December 4, 2002 – December 6, 2010
Personal details
Dohassen Gault-Williams

Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jonnie Erika Williams
ResidenceCarpinteria, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
ProfessionCommunity organizer

Das led the effort to pass a new gun control measure after the 2014 Isla Vista shootings, similar policies have since been adopted nationwide.[2] After the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris flow Das was instrumental in passing ordinances that allowed homeowners to rebuild their lost property quickly. [3]

Before embarking in politics, Williams worked as a junior high school teacher and a legislative aide to then-assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Williams holds a master's degree in Environmental Science & Management, with a focus on water pollution, planning processes, and land-use law at UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. As a UC grad, Williams has opposed fee increases for the UC system.[4]

2014 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 37th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Das Williams (incumbent) 43,124 57.3
Republican Ron DeBlauw 32,110 42.7
Total votes 75,234 100.0
General election
Democratic Das Williams (incumbent) 75,452 58.6
Republican Ron DeBlauw 53,414 41.4
Total votes 128,866 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "Santa Barbara City Council Candidate Profiles". www.newspress.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  2. ^ "Firearms Checks Sought after Isla Vista Shootings".
  3. ^ "Board Approves Like for Like Building code update" Check |url= value (help).
  4. ^ "Assemblyman Williams Issues Statement on Proposed UC Fee Increase". Noozhawk. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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