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.
LIVING ON THE NORTH COAST
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.