Joan Buchanan is a Democratic public official and former
businesswoman from Alamo, California.
She has been a member of the California State Assembly
December 2008. In September of 2009, Buchanan lost a bid to succeed
Ellen O'Kane Tauscher
- Before the age of 30, Buchanan retired from the private sector
after obtaining the position of Director of Commercial Operations
at Delta Dental.
- While raising her five children locally, Buchanan served for 20
years on the San Ramon Valley School Board, including 4 terms as
president. Buchanan’s budgeting and organizational development led
to SRVUSD being ranked among the top 5% of all school districts in
California. Over 94% of the district’s graduating seniors attend
- Buchanan also served as Vice-President of the San Ramon Valley
School Age Child Care Alliance and helped bring childcare services
to San Ramon elementary schools. In addition, she successfully led
the 1994 “No on Vouchers” campaign to preserve funds for public
2008 California State Assembly run
Buchanan successfully ran for State Assembly in 2008. She ran in
against Republican San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.
Assembly District 15 includes areas of Contra Costa, Alameda,
Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties. Buchanan won the election by
52% to 48% .
2009 Congressional run
On March 18, 2009, Buchanan's hometown Congresswoman Rep. Ellen Tauscher
(D CA-10) was nominated by
President Barack Obama’s to serve as Undersecretary of State for
Arms Control and International Security. A special
to fill her seat will likely take place later this
year. Buchanan has declared that she intends to run in the
Democratic Primary to replace Rep. Tauscher.
Buchanan received the California Teachers Association State Gold
Award and Alamo Rotary Club Citizen of the Year.