Chuck Poochigian is a California State Senator representing the 14th Senate District which includes all or portions of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties. Senator Poochigian serves as the Assistant Repub-lican Leader and as Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus.
Born in Fresno in 1949, Chuck is a third generation resident of the San Joaquin Valley. His family has farmed in the Valley since 1918. Chuck and his wife, Debbie, were married in 1977 and have three grown children. He received his degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1975. He served for six years as a member of the Califor-nia Air National Guard.
He practiced general civil and business law from 1975 until November, 1988, when he was selected by Gov. George Deukmejian to serve as Chief Deputy Appointments Secre-tary, and in 1991, Governor Pete Wilson named him as his Appointments Secretary where he served until his election to the California State Assembly in 1994.