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Don Perata '63
Education: B.A. Saint Mary’s College of California
Profession: California Democratic Politician
Don Perata was a member of the California Senate from the 9th district from December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2008, President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate from December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2008 and a member of the California State Assembly from the 16th District from December 1996 – December 1998. Don Perata came in second place in the November 2011 ballot for Mayor of Oakland and today runs a political consultancy company.