Former Assembly Speaker pro Tempore
Fred Keeley is treasurer of Santa Cruz County, a position he has held since January 2005. He served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002 and served four years as the Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. During the California energy crisis in 2000 and 2001, Speaker Robert Hertzberg appointed Mr. Keeley chief operating officer for the Assembly on the energy crisis. In that capacity, Mr. Keeley authored California's solution to the energy crisis. He also helped in forging budget compromises between Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature.
Following his service in the Legislature, Mr. Keeley was executive director of the Planning and Conservation League and the PCL Foundation, non-profit organizations specializing in environmental research and legislative advocacy. Mr. Keeley teaches political science courses at San Jose State University and is a frequent lecturer at various universities on California state government, politics, and a variety of environmental topics. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Mr. Keeley served for eight years as a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. He also previously was chief of staff to then-Assemblymember Sam Farr (D-Carmel) and policy director to Santa Cruz County Supervisor Joe Cucchaira.
Mr. Keeley is co-chair of the Voices of Reform Project of the Commonwealth Club of California, which is focused on governmental reforms in the following areas: redistricting, term limits, campaign finance, budget and initiative process. He is a former member of the board of directors of the California League of Conservation Voters and serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Advocates for Northern California and Nevada.
He holds a degree from San Jose State University.