Eric C. Bauman is the Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and is serving his seventh term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation. He is the Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Organizational Development Committee and was the Lead Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s National Convention Delegate Selection Committee for the 2004 and 2008 conventions.
Under Bauman’s stewardship, the LA County Democratic Party was awarded two Pollie Awards in 2010 from the American Association of Political Consultants: Gold, for best Vote-by-Mail mail piece, and Silver for second-best Video in a Governor’s race. LACDP was the only local political party in the nation to receive such honors.
Professionally, Bauman is the Senior Advisor to California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and the Director of the Speaker’s Office of Member Services – Los Angeles (SOMS-LA).
Prior to joining the Speaker’s office, Eric held various senior-level positions in California Government, including serving as Senior Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, Senior Advisor to Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, and Deputy Insurance Commissioner – overseeing the Community Relations Branch of the California Department of Insurance.
Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, Eric was Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis and Director of the Governor’s Los Angeles Regional Office. He served as the Governor’s liaison to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. He had a major role in the broad range of issues affecting southern California and health care policy.
Eric is a Registered Nurse with graduate education in Health Care Administration. He spent many years in intensive care and trauma nursing before moving into hospital administration. In 1991, Eric co-founded a health care management consulting firm, Consultants in Nursing Services Administration, specializing in the administrative, staffing and information system needs of hospital nurses.
Bauman is a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Privacy PAC, the advisory board of the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles and of the LA County Voting Systems Assessment Project Advisory Committee. Until recently, he was on the board of Glendale Memorial Hospital and the Latino Coalition against AIDS. He is a past board member of the American Cancer Society’s and the American Heart Association’s northwest regional boards.
In 2012 Eric was appointed as a Commissioner on the LA County Commission of Insurance, and delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Eric lives in North Hollywood with his husband of many years, Michael.