|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 5th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Richard Pan|
|Children||Frank Jr., Matt and Kasey|
Frank Bigelow is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 5th district, encompassing Gold Country and the central Sierra Nevada. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a Madera County supervisor.
With family roots in California's foothills that date back to the late 1800s, Frank’s great grandparents settled in the O’Neals area of Madera County and established a cattle and sheep ranch along with a wagon and stage line that served the high country of the Sierra Nevada.
Later, Bigelow's great grandparents strung two wires through the trees and thus began a telephone company in the foothills of Madera County. In 1908, after requests for service from other settlers and a subsequent request by the Forest Service to take over its phone lines, the Bigelow Telephone Company became Ponderosa Telephone Company.
An employee of the Ponderosa Telephone Company since 1973, Frank worked his way up through the ranks of the company, learning all facets of the business and currently serves as Vice President. Frank remains active in the operation of his family’s cattle ranch, Bigelow Farms.
One of the realities of the region Bigelow represents is the threat of fire. Although an official firefighter on his 18th birthday, Frank’s commitment to fire safety was born on the ranch as a young boy. 40 years later, Frank continues serve as a volunteer with his local fire department.
Frank resides in O’Neals, with his wife of 36 years, Barbara, his sons Frank Jr. and Matt, his daughter, Kasey, two daughters-in-law, Sahara and Stacey, and granddaughters Taylor and Tenley.
First elected to the State Assembly in 2012, Bigelow is committed to protecting rural California and our rural way of life.