Douglas H. Bosco

Douglas Harry Bosco (born July 28, 1946) is an American lawyer, politician, and newspaper owner from California. He is a former U.S. Representative.

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Member of the California Industrial Welfare Commission
In office
January 28, 2000 – July 2004
GovernorGray Davis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded byJoseph J. McCarthy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byDonald H. Clausen (Redistricting)
Succeeded byFrank Riggs
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 2nd district
In office
December 4, 1978 – December 6, 1982
Preceded byBarry Keene
Succeeded byDan Hauser
Personal details
Douglas Harry Bosco

(1946-07-28) July 28, 1946 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSanta Rosa, California
EducationWillamette University (BA, JD)
newspaper owner

Early lifeEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Bosco attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. He graduated from the Capitol Page School in Washington, D.C., 1963. He received a B.A. from Willamette University in 1968 and a J.D. from Willamette Law in 1971. He was admitted to the California bar in 1971, and commenced practice in San Rafael. He served as director of the California Department of Human Relations in 1973. He became executive director of the Marin County Housing Authority in 1974.

Political careerEdit

California State Assembly (1978-82)Edit

Mr. Bosco was elected to the California State Assembly, and served from 1978 to 1982. In 1979, he wrote and passed the Renewable Resources Investment Act with then Governor Jerry Brown, which set up a state fund to protect fisheries, forests, urban forests, and the coastline.[1][2] He served as a delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention and as a delegate to the California State Democratic convention in 1982.

United States House of Representatives (1982-90)Edit

In 1982, Mr. Bosco won the Democratic nomination for California's 1st congressional district, which had been renumbered from the 2nd District after redistricting. Then, in a major upset, he defeated 20-year incumbent, Republican Don Clausen by just over two points. In Congress, Mr. Bosco, an advocate of fishery and natural resource conservation, authored the California Wilderness Act, the Smith River National Recreation Area Act.[3][4] And in 1989, along with Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Bosco co-authored the legislation to preserve the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, protecting the coast of northern California from offshore oil drilling.[5][6][7][8]

Mr. Bosco went on to serve four terms in the House, but lost by only 1.5 points in 1990 to Republican Frank Riggs.

Mr. Bosco attempted a comeback to his Congressional seat in 1994, by challenging Democratic incumbent Dan Hamburg, but lost the primary of a hotly contested race between the area's three former congressmen.[9] Hamburg went on to lose the general election to Frank Riggs, a Republican.[10]

Post-political careerEdit

Mr. Bosco continues to be influential in state and local politics. Mr. Bosco serves as the chairman of the California State Coastal Conservancy, preserving public access to California's coastline.[11] In 2012, Mr. Bosco became a part-owner of The Press Democrat."[12]

Once a resident of Occidental, California, Mr. Bosco currently resides with his family in Santa Rosa, California.



  • United States Congress. "Douglas H. Bosco (id: B000648)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
California Assembly
Preceded by
Barry Keene
California State Assemblyman, 2nd District
Succeeded by
Dan Hauser
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eugene A. Chappie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank Riggs

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website