Capitol Alert: Longtime business leader William Hauck dies

dsmith@sacbee.comMarch 9, 2014 

Bill Hauck, president of the Business Roundtable, addresses the media Tuesday, May 19, 2009 after the failure of Proposition 1A.

CARL COSTAS — ccostas@sacbee.com

William Hauck, former longtime head of the California Business Roundtable and a current member of the California State University Board of Trustees, has died.

Mr. Hauck died Friday evening at Sutter Roseville Medical Center after an eight-month battle with brain cancer, said Rick Brandsma, a close family friend. He was 73.

Mr. Hauck was a prominent figure at the California Capitol for decades, having served in leadership posts for politicians of both parties, including former Democratic Assembly Speakers Bob Moretti and Willie Brown and Republican Govs. Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Hauck headed the business roundtable, a leading public policy advocacy association for California businesses. He later joined the Sacramento-based Goddard Claussen/West (now Redwood Pacific) political consulting firm as senior adviser.

At the time of his death, Mr. Hauck had served more than 20 years on the CSU board, having been appointed by Wilson and re-appointed by Gov. Gray Davis and later Schwarzenegger. He also was a member of the board of directors of Blue Shield of California.

Private services are planned.

PHOTO: Bill Hauck, president of the Business Roundtable, addresses the media Tuesday, May 19, 2009 after the failure of Proposition 1A. The Sacramento Bee/Carl Costas

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