Biography

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 served two terms as Mayor. Wood 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 health care, economic development, environmental protection, and fiscal reform.

In his first year in the Assembly, Wood authored 9 bills that were signed into law, including the Marijuana Watershed Protection Act (AB 243), which serves as the environmental cornerstone in California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

In addition to his work in the State Legislature, Wood is a forensic dentistry expert and serves as the forensic consultant for 5 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. Recently, Wood served as part of the response team to the Valley Fire in Lake County, working to identify victims of the blaze and provide closure to family and loved ones.