William T. Bagley: The Independent Institute

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William T. Bagley
William T. Bagley

William T. Bagley is a former California State Assemblyman, former member of the University of California Board of Regents, former member of the California Public Utilities Commission and California Transportation Commission, and the first Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), where he was valedictorian and Boalt Hall School of Law.

While in the Assembly, he authored hundreds of statutes including tax reform, welfare reform, conservation, fair housing, and other civil rights laws. The Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act (1967 and 1969) gave public access to all state agency meetings and to The Regents. He also has served as Senior Partner in the California statewide law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, and he left legislative service in 1974 to become the Republican nominee for State Controller.

A long-term proponent of affirmative action, he is the author of the book, California’s Golden Years.