"Michael's vast experience and high level of expertise in environmental resource management and environmental issues is invaluable to my Administration," says Governor Schwarzenegger. "I look forward to working with such a well qualified individual on issues as important as the use of the vast resources of this state."
Since 1996 Chrisman has served as the region manager for Southern California Edison. Prior to joining Southern California Edison, he served as the undersecretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and as deputy secretary for Operations/Legislation for the California Resources agency. He was appointed president of the California Fish and Game Commission by Governor Pete Wilson and serves as the Chairman of the Board of both the Great Valley Center and the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Foundation. Chrisman is the past president of the Agricultural Leadership Associates, a former member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control and past director of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Chrisman is also former advisor to the Assembly Republican Caucus on agriculture, water and environmental issues and served as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Bill Jones. He also oversees a family farming operation in Tulare County, a role he has filled since 1966.
"It is an honor to be asked to serve in Governor Schwarzenegger's administration," says Chrisman. "I look forward using my experience in resource management, environmental policy and agriculture to serve the people of California."
Chrisman, 59, holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Extension Education and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy/Plant Science from the University of Arizona. Chrisman's appointment requires Senate confirmation. He is a Republican.