Sonoma State University recognizes California State Senator Mike McGuire as its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.
Mike McGuire (BA, Political Science, 2002) is a third-generation Northern Californian whose family farmed Sonoma County's Alexander Valley for nearly a half century. He has represented the Second Senate District since December 2014.
He was elected to the Healdsburg School Board at 19 years of age and served on the Healdsburg City Council in 2004 as the youngest mayor in city history. He was also a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for one term (2011-2015) where he helped turn years of deficit into a multi-million dollar surplus. A tireless advocate of the environment, his efforts have protected and preserved thousands of acres of open space, watersheds and coastline while keeping regional and state parks open to the public.
"I cannot say thank you enough to the amazing faculty at Sonoma State," said McGuire. "We are so lucky to be able to have Sonoma State in the North Bay Area as a gathering grounds for community and a hub for innovation. I am honored to be a distinguished alumnus of Sonoma State."
The Distinguished Alumni Awards Program is a symbol of achievement and success presented to distinguished alumni from Sonoma State's six academic colleges. Since 1988, the awards applaud the most prestigious graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university. Up to four honorees may be chosen each year.
The Sonoma State Alumni Association encourages nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards year round. The members of the Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee make their selections based on several criteria including a record of distinction and accomplishment in his/her field, and a demonstrated leadership and service to his/her profession as well as the community and society at large.