Campaign links: Kim Vann (R-CA-3)
Kimberly “Kim” Dolbow Vann
Kim Vann Congressional Candidate California District 3
Biography of Kim Vann from Kim Dolbow Vann for Congress
She was one of the youngest women ever elected County Supervisor in California’s History. It’s what she’s accomplished before and since her election that is so remarkable – and what makes Kim Dolbow Vann just the right person at just the right time to serve as our representative in Congress.
As President of the Regional Council of Rural Counties, Kim has taken on Sacramento power interests and been a champion for smaller and rural counties throughout the state. She led the charge against a local tax grab that would have closed the doors on public safety and other key local programs. She’s been fighting high unemployment by eliminating the barriers that prevent job creation, while improving opportunities for her constituents. In January 2010, she helped open the doors of Colusa County’s only permanent higher education facility, and with it new hope for her constituents.
As Vice Chair of the Rural Action Caucus for the National Association of Counties, Kim has championed the interests of California counties in the areas of surface transportation, Farm Bill reauthorization and food safety.
A Board Member and Vice Chair of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the California State Association of Counties, Kim has pushed through renewed protection of thousands of acres of farmland under the Williamson Act, while fighting back against risky regulatory changes that continue to block employment.
It’s an extraordinary record of accomplishment after just six years in elective office, and it’s just a small part of the story.
When lawmakers in Sacramento failed to pass a budget on time – compromising vital services provided by local governments – Supervisor Kim Dolbow Vann voted to withhold Colusa County’s check to the state, forcing them to take long-overdue action.
Recognizing the need for more reliability in our water infrastructure in this state, Kim was a founding board member of the Sites Reservoir Joint Powers Authority, advocating for new off stream storage. Kim knows we must be proactive in finding safe and reliable water sources for our residents and for agricultural uses.
With local governments unable to compete for funding from the state, Kim went out in search of a reliable funding source for local programs – she found it in a partnership with PG&E. After removing barriers to construction of one of the most state-of-the-art power plants in California, the project now generates 650 MW of power and more than $3 million dollars in dedicated local funding each year.
Always a person of action, Kim has been a successful businessperson for the past seven years, creating dozens of new jobs throughout Northern California. Prior to returning to the private sector, Kim served as a senior advisor to then-Congressman Doug Ose, protecting Northern California interests in the 2002 Farm Bill, securing funding for infrastructure improvements and challenging bureaucrats who resisted regulatory reform.
A fourth generation member of a Colusa County farming and ranching family, Kim’s strong beliefs in liberty, personal responsibility, public service and economic freedoms are rooted deep. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a proud supporter of our men and women in uniform, and the families left behind.
A graduate of California State University, San Marcos, Kim lives in Arbuckle with her husband, Jim, and their nine-year-old son, Asa.