Former State Senator and Author of the Delta Reform Act Dave Cogdill Dies

  • by Pamela Martineau
  • Jul 24, 2017
  • Water News

Former state Sen. Dave Cogdill, who indelibly shaped California water policy by authoring and supporting the Delta Reform Act of 2009, died July 23 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

Cogdill, (R-Modesto), was elected to the state Senate in 2006 and was the Senate Republican leader from 2008-2009. During his time in office, he worked extensively on developing sustainable water policies, especially in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Cogdill authored the Delta Reform Act, which established in law the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem health for the Bay Delta. That policy is now the guiding tenet of all policy considerations for the Bay Delta.

Cogdill was honored for his record of public service and was awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his actions during the 2009 budget deal. He also was honored in 2010, with the California Medal of Merit from California National Guard.

In recent years, Cogdill served as president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Stanislaus County assessor. He also served three terms in the state Assembly from 2000 to 2006.

Cogdill had a real estate appraisal business in Modesto, and also served two terms on the Modesto City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his children, David Jr. and Meghan Merrell; and his grandchildren, Connor, Katie and Cooper.

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