Capitol Alert: Longtime business leader William Hauck dies

03/09/2014 6:30 PM

03/09/2014 6:40 PM

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

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service