Don Wagner has been serving the Orange County community for two decades. Don is the Mayor of Irvine, practicing attorney, husband, father, and former legislator of Assembly District 68.
Under Don’s leadership as Mayor, the Irvine Great Park is finally being built. He has led in providing additional park, recreation and quality of life improvements in the city — all without raising taxes. He has implemented a detailed traffic improvement plan that has reduced traffic congestion. Don is a proven, results-driven leader — he will take that same approach to serving you on the County Board of Supervisors.
First elected in 1998 to the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, Don served three consecutive terms, including an unprecedented six years as Board President. Under Don’s leadership, his district balanced every budget and paid off all debts without ever raising taxes. He quickly developed a reputation as a straight-shooter with a commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Over the course of his six years in the State Assembly, Don served on a number of different committees, including Budget, Health, Education, and Revenue and Taxation. Since he was first elected, he also served as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with jurisdiction over the legal profession, the courts, and most state governing codes. In addition, he served on all of the financial committees, with responsibility for all state spending and revenue, quickly earning a reputation for expertise in government fiscal affairs such that he was twice appointed by the Association of California Cities – Orange County to teach government finance and budgeting to local elected officials at UCI.
A practicing attorney, Don is also quite active in the Orange County business and legal communities. He has served on several committees and advisory boards for the Orange County Bar Association, and as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Superior Court of Orange County. He has also published articles on legal, political, and cultural topics in the local media.
Don is committed to his community and has been actively involved in several non-profits and charities. He served as president of the American Lung Association of Orange County, an affiliate of the nation's oldest voluntary health organization. He founded and served as the first president of the Orange County Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, judges, and law professors committed to ensuring judicial integrity and strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States.
Don received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in the same year.
Don and his wife, Megan, reside in Irvine, where they raised their three children. All of their children were educated in Irvine public schools, where the Wagners have a strong history of heavy involvement in volunteer work throughout Orange County. Don is a past finalist for the Irvine "Citizen of the Year" award and served several years on the board and as president of the Northwood High School Athletic Boosters.