California State Assemblymember (Retired) Rich Gordon has spent his life in service to others. First as a minister in the United Methodist Church and later in the nonprofit sector he worked with young people and families. He would eventually spend twenty-four years in elected office.
From 2010 to 2016, Rich Gordon served as a member of the California State Assembly. As a member of the Assembly he held a leadership position, serving as Chair of the Rules Committee for three different Speakers. He saw 70% of the legislative ideas he pursued signed into law. He did significant work in the areas of the environment, election law and transparency, and water policy. Most significant was his work on sea-level rise that led to adaptation planning being recognized and funded as a state priority. As a member of the Assembly, Rich Gordon earned the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Prior to service in the Assembly, Rich Gordon served for thirteen years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. As a County Supervisor, Gordon worked to achieve government accountability by leading in the development of the County’s outcome-based budgeting and was instrumental in the formation of regional partnerships including the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust. Gordon was actively involved in the creation of the Children’s Health Initiative that guarantees health care coverage for children. In 2008, Gordon served as the President of the California State Association of Counties, which represents all of California’s 58 counties.
Mr. Gordon also served as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Education for five years. Prior to public service his vocation was as a minister in the United Methodist Church and for twenty years he worked in the nonprofit sector where he was the founder and Executive Director of Youth and Family Assistance.
Rich Gordon is currently serving as the President and CEO of the California Forestry Association.
Rich Gordon is a fourth generation Californian – born and raised in San Mateo County. He completed high school in Orange County and graduated from the University of Southern California. He has a Masters in Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He resides in an unincorporated neighborhood in Menlo Park and maintains a second home in Nevada City with his husband, Dr. Dennis McShane. Mr. Gordon and Dr. McShane have been in a committed relationship since 1982 and were married on August 16, 2008.