Senior Director of State and Government Affairs
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Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., J.D., 1991.
The University of Georgia, B.A., 1988.
Richard Costigan’s practice focuses on legislative and government relations. He has substantial experience in state government, legislative affairs and public policy, concentrating on issues such as energy and natural resources, healthcare, business, transportation, infrastructure, housing and tax matters. He has been extensively involved in the creation, implementation and dissemination of numerous legislative public policy and budget proposals.
Mr. Costigan was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Personnel Board (SPB), which is responsible for the state’s Civil Service System. SPB ensures that the civil service system is free from political patronage and that employment decisions are based on merit. The SPB provides a variety of recruitment, selection, classification, appellate, goal setting, training and consultation services to state departments. It also promotes efficiency and economy in state government and is a leader in efforts to improve and reform civil service practices.
Mr. Costigan was elected by his fellow board members in December 2010 to represent the SPB on the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Board. CalPERS manages retirement benefits for more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees, and their families. As of June 30, 2010, CalPERS has provided pension benefits to 1,116,044 active and inactive members and 513,623 retirees, beneficiaries and survivors.
Before rejoining Manatt and being appointed to the SPB, Mr. Costigan served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Secretary for Governor Schwarzenegger. Mr. Costigan was directly involved in all aspects of policy development and legislative strategy for the Governor, including the historic reform of California’s workers’ compensation system, the rollback of increased vehicle licensing fees, the increase in the state’s minimum wage and the groundbreaking Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
Mr. Costigan’s responsibilities included serving as the liaison between the Governor, the Legislature and California’s many agencies and departments on policy development and implementation. In this role, and with the support of the team he managed in the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Unit, Mr. Costigan was successful in obtaining the Legislature’s bipartisan approval of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), the largest voter-approved infrastructure investment package in the state’s history (totaling $42.7 billion (Propositions 1A-1E)); the Economic Recovery Bond Act (Proposition 57); and the California Balanced Budget Act (Proposition 58).
Mr. Costigan served as the Governor’s chief negotiator with the Legislature and was responsible for developing and overseeing the Governor’s legislative agenda and advising the Governor on all pending legislation and issues before the Legislature. He worked with over 70 agencies and departments on legislative and policy matters, and had extensive interaction with Agency Secretaries, as well as extensive involvement in the state budget process, communications and external affairs.
Mr. Costigan and his unit handled the confirmation process for the Governor’s appointees and successfully handled the unanimous bipartisan confirmation of a statewide constitutional officer.
Mr. Costigan also served in the Legislative Branch, where he has the rare distinction to have been Chief of Staff to two different Republican leaders in the State Assembly, where he oversaw all aspects of the caucus operations, including policy, budget and communications. Additionally, Mr. Costigan held the positions of Director of Policy for the Assembly Republican Caucus’s policy unit and Chief Policy Advisor to the Republican leadership. Prior to those positions, Mr. Costigan held the position of Principal Consultant to the Assembly and Budget committees, focusing on transportation, environmental, local government, insurance, labor and employment issues. Mr. Costigan credits his work with the Legislature and in the private sector with preparing him to assume legislative policy responsibilities on day one of the Schwarzenegger Administration.
In the private sector, Mr. Costigan was Vice President of Government Relations and Chief Lobbyist for the California Chamber of Commerce, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Chamber’s public policy agenda. At the Chamber, he led major coalitions, testified before the Legislature on issues ranging from mandatory healthcare to minimum wage, oversaw the Chamber’s professional advocacy staff and served on the Chamber’s executive management team. He also had extensive interaction with the media, including appearances on CNNfn, CNN, radio and print.
Prior to 1996, Mr. Costigan was actively engaged in the practice of law in Georgia, where his practice focused on business defense, creditor bankruptcy and family law. He practiced before both state and federal courts.
Mr. Costigan has been extensively quoted in newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sacramento Bee, The San Jose Mercury News and other statewide and national papers. He has appeared on television programs and has been a guest on numerous radio shows throughout California. He was profiled in The Sacramento Bee, the University of Georgia alumni magazine and Prosper Magazine.
Mr. Costigan was also a Senior Legislative Advocate for Manatt when he first left the position of Chief of Staff to the Assembly Republican Leader.
Mr. Costigan has been recognized for his legislative service and experience with resolutions from California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Assembly Republican leaders Dave Cox, Bill Campbell, Rod Pacheco, Bill Leonard and Scott Baugh, as well as Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte, during their terms of office. He also received a commendation from Governor Gray Davis.
In 2001 Mr. Costigan was chosen by the East-West Foundation as one of four Americans to participate in a cross-cultural program with over 10 Asian countries.
Admitted to practice in Florida and Georgia.
Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the California Museum for Women, Arts & History.
Chair, Placer County, Civil Service Commission (1996-2003).
Member, Board of Directors, USC School of Public Policy, Sacramento.
Member, Northern California Georgia Alumni Club.
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