In the latest episode of Hometown California, RCRC’s Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations. Paul A. Smith, sits down with Assembly Member Frank Bigelow (R-Madera) for a conversation about his experience representing rural California in the State Legislature.(Download now)

Assembly Member Bigelow shares about his transition from local government to state politics, the challenges of being in the minority in the State Legislature, and how he builds relationships and stays focused on common ground to be an effective voice for rural California.  He opens up about the personal impact of this year's devastating wildfires and the global pandemic that has created unique challenges for rural areas. 

Elected to the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 1998, Bigelow was later elected to the State Assembly where he currently represents Assembly District 5. The district is comprised of the RCRC member counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Tuolumne, and a bit of Placer.

Find all the episodes of Hometown California on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or your favorite listening app. And watch for our next episode, coming early next week, when RCRC catches up with with Jeremy White of Politico to assess the outcome of California's twelve ballot propositions.