Guy Houston served in the California State Legislature from 2002 thru 2008, terming out of office. While in the State Assembly, Houston worked closely in areas of public school funding and infrastructure. Additionally, Houston authored legislation (AB 6 -2006) regarding the implementation of AB32, the landmark Greenhouse Gas Legislation in California. In his first term, Houston was instrumental in negotiating $110 million in additional annual public school "equalization" funding in the 2004-2005 budget. Later Houston secured an additional $350 million in equalization funding for under-funded schools.
Vice-Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy committee. Primary jurisdictions were business advocacy within California, Department of Information Technology; development and expansion of new technologies, Enterprise Zones; information technology; capital formation; state and local economic development; women and minority business enterprises (WBME). Managed staff and legislative agenda in Sacramento. Management of fundraising for political and non-profit sectors, knowledgeable of campaign finance laws. Local government experience working with county, city, special districts and community organizations. Well-versed in legislative committee/city council/staff presentations.
In 2003, the American Electronics Association named Guy "Legislator of the Year." The American Optometric Association bestowed this honor to Houston in 2004, as did the American Electronics Association and the Building Industry Association in 2005. Additionally, the Contra Costa Advocacy, Respect, and Commitment group presented Houston with its Government Service Award in 2005.
Extensive experience in print, radio and television media as part of public relations and constituent outreach. Experienced real estate professional with over thirty years of practical experience in sales, leasing, construction, financing, entitlement and permitting of real property. Marketing and Sales to School Districts and school representatives.
Prior to his service in Sacramento, Houston served as the Mayor of the City of Dublin for seven years from 1994-2001. His accomplishments included strong job growth, fiscal responsibility, elimination of city debt and strategic partnerships with local public schools. Houston served locally on the Alameda County Transit Authority, Tri-Valley Transportation Commission, Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Agency and the Local Agency Formation Commission.
Guy has utilized his contacts and experience to benefit his clients in the business and political community. He has managed industry coalitions, consultants, regulatory agencies, grass roots organizations, public relations and the media for the benefit of his clients. His major duties have included business development, property acquisition and entitlements, governmental affairs and community relations. Guy has had positions of responsibility in national, state and local political campaigns.
Giving back to the community is important to Guy. He has served as Chairman of the Easter Seals/Kaleidoscope Annual Tri-Valley Sports Hall of Fame which raised funds for the developmentally disabled and the Special Olympics programs. He was also founder and co-chair of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast benefitting the YMCA of Alameda County. Houston graduated from St. Mary's College, Moraga Ca. with a BS in Business '82 and Masters in Business Administration '87. Houston lives in San Ramon, California with his wife Inge and his three children; Bartlett, Sumner and Glynnis Rose Houston.