Mike McLaughlin

Michael J. McLaughlin
Area 2 – Leimert

Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, I attended St. Patrick’s College Seminary, earning a B.A. in philosophy. After two years of postgraduate work in theology, I attended the University of San Francisco, earning a general secondary teaching credential. I married my spouse, the former Nancy Dyer and a native of San Luis Obispo, in 1966, and we have four children and six grandchildren. We lived in Santa Clara County. I taught and coached at the high school level in San Jose for eight years.

I attended Lincoln University Law School, earning juris doctorate degree in 1972. I was our class valedictorian. I worked as a deputy county counsel in San Mateo County for approximately two years, advising various county departments. I was also a designated confidential employee for labor relations and collective bargaining. In 1974, I opened a private practice of law in addition to being house legal counsel for Teamsters Local 856, the largest Teamster Local Union in Northern California and the Central Valley. In 1993, I was elected by the union membership to be the local’s principal officer, a position to which I was re-elected five times to consecutive three-year terms. I also was the director of the Western Region for the Public Services Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

We retired in 2006, and moved to Cambria. I have been involved as an elected trustee of the Cambria Community Healthcare District, president of Santa Rosa Church Pastoral Council, vice-president of the Lions Club, a substitute teacher and coach at Coast Union High School. I was an appointed member of the NCAC and recently elected as representative of Area 2.