Dr. Susan Talamantes Eggman was elected in November 2012, and re-elected in 2014, to represent the 13th Assembly District, which draws together the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton and Mountain House, and western San Joaquin County.
Susan grew up on her family’s small almond orchard and apiary in Turlock. Though much of the open space and farmland Eggman explored on horseback as a child has since been paved over, her family is still farming, with more than 40 acres of almonds and 2000 beehives.
Susan joined the U.S. Army out of high school and served four years as a medic. After her service, she attended California State University, Stanislaus. While she worked on a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she started working at a local alcohol and drug abuse program. That led, following graduation, to a job at the Modesto Psychiatric Center, at a time when the nation was emptying its mental hospitals in pursuit of short-sighted reforms that left many people without any care at all.
She began working in hospice care, at the Emanuel Medical Center, in Turlock, as she began pursuing a master’s degree in social work. After that, she worked as a mental health provider and medical social worker before completing a Ph.D. at Portland State University. An associate professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento, Susan has taken a leave of absence to serve on the State Assembly. A lifelong learner, Susan passed the Licensed Clinical Social Worker examination shortly after assuming office in 2012.
The Chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government, Susan also serves on the committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Business and Professions, Utilities and Commerce, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife. She was elected in January 2015 to serve as the chair of the California LGBT Caucus.
A former member of Stockton’s City Council – and the first Latina elected to that office – Susan is committed to policies that advance the good of her whole community. She has a proven record of working across partisan divides to find working solutions to real problems. In particular, she has pushed reforms that are both good for the environment and good for business, and has been dedicated over the years to finding a way to bridge the gap between the environmental and farming communities.
Among her many legislative accomplishments: She is the author of 2015’s End of Life Option Act, which granted terminally-ill Californians the right to seek a physician’s aid in dying; she negotiated on behalf of the Delta on the Assembly Water Working Group, in 2014, stripping the bond of funding for projects harmful to the Delta; establishing the first National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Northern California; authoring a landmark bill to fund solar energy access to renters; and making concrete steps toward bringing a CSU campus to Stockton.
Susan and Renee, her spouse and partner for more than 30 years, live in Stockton’s Victory Park neighborhood, where they are raising their daughter, Eme.