Bill Bogaard

Bill Bogaard

William Joseph Bogaard
46th and 54th Mayor of Pasadena
In office
May 1999 – May 2015
Preceded by Chris Holden
Succeeded by Terry Tornek
In office
May 1984 – May 1986
Preceded by Loretta Thompson-Glickman
Succeeded by John C. Crowley
Personal details
Born (1938-01-18) January 18, 1938
Sioux City, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Claire M. Whalen (m. 1961)
Alma mater Loyola Marymount University
University of Michigan Law School
Profession Attorney

William Joseph "Bill" Bogaard (born 1938 in Sioux City, Iowa) is an American politician, and the former mayor of Pasadena, California. Bogaard is a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected as mayor in 1999, and was re-elected with an overwhelming majority of the votes (over 85%) in 2003. Bogaard is the first elected mayor of Pasadena since the 1940s and the longest serving mayor in Pasadena's history.

Prior to being elected mayor, Bogaard was a lawyer, and taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University[1] and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He obtained his juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan. His wife is Claire Bogaard, who moved with Bill to Pasadena in 1971, and they have four children.

In the 2007 election, Bogaard sought re-election for a third term as Mayor. His opponent was Aaron Proctor. The election was held on March 6, 2007, and Bogaard won easily, getting 11,558 votes (88.7% of the vote).[2]

In 2011, Bogaard ran unopposed, receiving 12,202 votes.[3]

He has served on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities since 2007, and was elected as President of the Board[4] on September 7, 2012.

Personal life

Bogaard married Claire M. Whalen on January 28, 1961 in San Francisco, California.

Electoral history


Pasadena General Election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bogaard 11,576 60
Democratic Chris Holden (incumbent) 7,760 40
Total votes 19,336 100.0
Voter turnout %


Pasadena General Election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bogaard (incumbent) 9,800 85
Green Philip Koebel 1,785 15
Total votes 11,585 100.0
Voter turnout %


Pasadena General Election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bogaard (incumbent) 11,558 89
Republican Aaron Proctor* 1,472 11
Total votes 13,057 100.0
Voter turnout %
  • Proctor ran as "decline to state" as he did not join the Republican Party until late 2007.


Pasadena Consolidated Primary Nominating Election, 2011[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bogaard (incumbent) 12,202 100
Total votes 12,202 100.0
Voter turnout 19.7%


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Political offices
Preceded by
Loretta Thompson-Glickman
Mayor of Pasadena
Succeeded by
John C. Crowley
Preceded by
Charles McKenney
Member of the Pasadena Board of City Directors for the 6th District
Succeeded by
Katie Nack
Preceded by
Chris Holden
Mayor of Pasadena
Succeeded by
Terry Tornek