El Dorado County Supervisor
Ron Briggs was born in Fullerton, California, in 1957. He is the youngest son of former State Assemblyman and Senator, John V. Briggs, who gave Ron a front row seat, along with an early education of California's political process, when beginning at age 5, stuffing 500 envelopes was mandatory before being allowed to play.
In 1970, Ron's father and his mother Carmen bought a 105-acre pear & cattle farm in the rural area of Placerville, and it is here where Ron developed strong roots and began his long history of community involvement and service. In 1975, Ron graduated from El Dorado High School, where he also met his wife Kelly. The couple recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.
Ron and Kelly are the proud parents of three sons. Their oldest son Rj Briggs, Ph.D. is a Professor of Environmental Economics at Penn State University. Rj and his wife Javan Howard are parents of Aidan, age 10, Merrick 6, and Sabine 1 year. Their son Brian is a licensed real estate broker and holds a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. Brian and his wife Tessa Mayer are new parents of Emerald Rose born April 2010. Their youngest son Alex holds a BA from Sacramento State University in business administration with an emphasis in real estate and risk management. Alex manages the family's organic farming operations in Placerville.
Ron began his professional career in the insurance industry as a fire and casualty agent, and later as an administrator. He left the insurance industry in 1977 to work on political campaigns, including both Proposition 13, the Jarvis Gann Briggs initiative which limits property tax collection, and Proposition 7, the Briggs Death Penalty initiative. Ron also had the privilege to work as a personal aide on his father's Gubernatorial campaign.
After several years he pursued a career as a registered representative of the NASD/NYSE in sales and corporate finance, where his experiences included bringing several companies public. He then came full circle back into politics, discovering his niche for aiding contractors dealing with state and local agencies, specializing in public works contract bid disputes and aiding Disadvantaged/Minority and Women Owned Business certifications. In 1989 Ron became General Manager of KCMY/TV Channel 29, a full-power UHF television station in Sacramento where he remained until the station sold in 2001.
Ron has been a licensed Fire and Casualty Insurance Broker since 1977, and has held a General Engineering Class A, and Asphalt & Paving, Class C-12, contractor's license since 1987.
Shortly after Ron met Kelly at a teenage social function in 1974, the couple dreamed to someday live their lives as farmers. In 1996, Ron and Kelly moved back to the family farm and began farming operations, growing USDA certified organic produce, specializing in heirloom tomatoes, peppers and melons which are now available at Farmers' Markets in Placerville, El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe.
Today, Ron & Kelly and their three giant Schnauzers, Jett, Lilly & Izzy, live at their ranch in the "Beefield House" which is located at the end of Wallace Road on Gold Hill.
Ron began his term as the District IV Supervisor in January, 2007. He is a lifelong Republican and staunch defender of a rural, agricultural lifestyle for the citizens of El Dorado County.