public affairs

Assistant Director, Legislative Affairs Office

Kasey Schimke

Kasey Schimke, Assistant Director
Legislative Affairs Office

Kasey Schimke was appointed Assistant Director of the Legislative Affairs Office in May of 2007. His responsibilities at the Department include monitoring and guiding legislation, and representing DWR before the State Legislature. He also assists the Director in policy discussions with the Governor's Office, government agencies, and private groups.

Prior to his appointment, Schimke served as staff in the California State Legislature for more than eight years as personal staff to several members of the Legislature, and from 2000 until 2005, served as staff to the Assembly Budget Committee. Schimke's assignment to the Committee included reviewing the budgets of the departments of the Resources Agency, CalEPA, and the Department of Food and Agriculture. During this time, he was involved reviewing funding proposals and crafting implementing legislation relating to the nearly $9.3 billion in environmental protection bonds approved by the voters between 2000 and 2002. From 2005 to 2007 Schimke served as staff to State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, where he worked on a broad range of issues, including water policy, state budget, social services, agriculture, Indian gaming and tribal sovereignty.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (916) 653-0488
E-Mail Address:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1115-19
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1115-19
Sacramento, CA 95814

Patricia Small, Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-0488
Fax: (916) 653-0267
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: Same as above