December 8, 2017

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SACRAMENTO, CA - The California State Personnel Board (SPB) has re-elected Richard Costigan as its representative to the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration.

"We are grateful for Mr. Costigan's continued service on the CalPERS Board," said CalPERS Board President Rob Feckner. "His knowledge and background in government and public policy have proven to be invaluable as we work in a bipartisan manner to ensure a sustainable pension system and provide quality healthcare for California's dedicated public employees."

This is Costigan's eighth one-year term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He was first elected by the SPB in December 2010.

Costigan was appointed to the SPB by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007. He is currently the senior director of State and Government Affairs for the national law and consulting firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. From 2003 to 2006, Costigan served as deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs secretary to Gov. Schwarzenegger, where he was involved in all aspects of administration policy and legislative affairs. His responsibilities included being the liaison between the governor, the Legislature, and California's many agencies and departments on policy development and implementation. Before joining the Schwarzenegger administration, he was vice president of Government Relations for the California Chamber of Commerce. Costigan also previously served in the California State Assembly as the chief of staff to two minority leaders and the Caucus Policy Director.

Costigan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

About CalPERS

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.9 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS' total fund market value currently stands at approximately $344 billion. For more information, visit