Orange County Supervisor, 5th District
Director Patricia Bates joined the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors in January 2007.
As a member of the OCTA Board of Directors, Director Bates serves as a member of the Legislative and Communications Committee, Executive Committee, Finance and Administration Committee and Highways Committee.
Director Bates was elected to the State Assembly in 1998, where she served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Assembly Health Committee, and was the founding Chair of the Republican Women’s Caucus.
Prior to her election to the Assembly, Director Bates served four terms as Mayor for the city of Laguna Niguel, becoming the first upon the city’s incorporation in 1989. She continued to serve as a City Council member until her election to the State Assembly in 1998. Director Bates also serves on the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors and has authored several legislative measures broadening Orange County’s eligibility for transportation dollars. Chair Bates also serves on the Orange County Fire Authority.
Director Bates began her professional career as a social caseworker in South Central Los Angeles. She left county service to join her husband in establishing his architecture practice in Orange County.
Director Bates received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Occidental College, continued her studies in psychology as a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach and also attended the University of Madrid, Spain where she studied European and cultural history.