|Member of the California State Senate
from the 5th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||new district|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 17th district
December 4, 2006–November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Barbara S. Matthews|
|Succeeded by||Tom Ammiano|
January 4, 1964 |
|Alma mater||Sacramento State University|
|Profession||Physical therapy aide|
Cathleen Galgiani (born January 4, 1964) is an American politician who currently serves in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she was elected to the state senate in the 5th district, having narrowly defeated Republican Bill Berryhill on November 6, 2012.
Prior to her own election to the Assembly, Galgiani served as the chief of staff to her predecessor, Barbara Matthews. She served as the consultant to the legislative committee on the development of University of California, Merced. She helped secure funding and support for U.C. Merced to ensure that the university continues to grow as the tenth campus in the University of California system. Galgiani has also worked for Pat Johnston and John Garamendi. Prior to working in the Legislature, Galgiani spent eight years as a physical therapy aide at San Joaquin General Hospital and Dameron Hospital in San Joaquin County.
On November 1, 2011, in an interview with the Stockton Record, Galgiani publicly disclosed that she is gay. In so doing, she became the eighth openly LGBT currently-serving member of the California Legislature, alongside Speaker John Pérez (D–Los Angeles), Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano (D–San Francisco), Susan Eggman (D–Stockton), Rich Gordon (D–Menlo Park) and Toni Atkins (D–San Diego), as well as Senators Ricardo Lara (D–Bell Gardens) and Mark Leno (D–San Francisco).
- "Galgiani defeats Berryhill in 5th District Senate race". Sacramento Bee. November 22, 2012.
- "Galgiani says she's gay". The Record (Stockton). November 1, 2011.
- "Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani says she is gay". Sacramento Bee. November 1, 2011.