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Tim Hodson photo1.JPGThe state Fair Political Practices Commission took several moments before tackling a long agenda today to remember the contributions of former Commissioner Tim Hodson.

Hodson, the longtime director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, died in October after a battle with cancer. The 61-year-old former legislative staffer served on the commission until earlier this year.

FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel, who was appointed to her post just as Hodson's term expired, honored Hodson at the start of today's meeting as a "revered member of this commission because of his gentlemanly manner and his thoughtfulness."

Members who served alongside Hodson echoed those remarks, noting his ability to thoroughly analyze and understand complex issues in front of the commission.

Commissioner Elizabeth Garrett said she often thinks of how Hodson would approach an issue in her own deliberations.

"Tim was an amazing colleague and somebody whose judgment I miss," she said.

Republican political attorney Chuck Bell praised Hodson as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "best appointment to this commission."

"I appreciated his ability to listen and discern and to express his wisdom as a commissioner based on the substantial and deep and amazing political knowledge and experience that he had in all of his service to the state and at the university as an academic," he said.

Center for California Studies director Tim Hodson dies

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of California State University, Sacramento.


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