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Frank Bigelow
Vice President and 
Director of the Board

Frank Bigelow, the great-grandson of Founder Harmon Bigelow and Leota Bigelow, resides in O’Neals with his wife, Barbara, as do his three grown children, two daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He has been an employee of the Ponderosa Telephone Company since 1973, where he worked his way through the ranks of the company, learning all facets of the business. In his current role as Vice President, he works with the Board of Directors to guide his family company into the rapidly evolving future of telecommunications.

In keeping with family tradition, he and his family, continue to raise champion registered Shorthorn cattle. He is active in many organizations and committees, including his election to the Madera Ag Boosters Board of Directors, Past President of the American Shorthorn Association, California Shorthorn Breeder’s Association Board of Directors and the Madera County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors. He served as a leader of the Spring Valley 4-H club and is a strong supporter of the Future Farmers of America. Bigelow has also served over 35 years as a Madera County Volunteer Firefighter.

A respected public leader, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow won the seat for the 5th Assembly District in 2012, based on his belief that strong leadership is necessary to confront important issues such as growth, the impact of growth on agriculture, lack of jobs that pay decent wages, private property rights and, especially, water issues.  He held the Supervisorial seat, District 1 in Madera County from 1998 to 2010.  In 2007 Frank was President of the California State Association of Counties, the first elected official from Madera County to serve in that position.

In 2007 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Bigelow to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley which was formed to bring state agency secretaries and Central Valley representatives together to make recommendations to the Governor regarding changes that would improve the economic well-being of the valley and the quality of life for the residents. As part of his public service, Bigelow has been appointed to serve on numerous boards and commissions. More information about Biglow's public service involvement can be found at his website: Assemblyman Frank Bigelow 5th Assembly District


Frank Bigelow


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