Biography

Cottie Petrie-Norris

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris represents the 74th Assembly District which includes South Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Costa Mesa and most of Irvine.

Cottie is a successful businesswoman, community leader, wife and mom. Cottie grew up in San Diego County in a hardworking family. Her stepfather was a union machinist and her mom was a homemaker who worked various odd jobs to help make ends meet. Cottie is a proud product of Southern California public schools. Thanks to good schools, great teachers, determination and hard work, Cottie went on to Yale University where she double majored in Economics and English.

Informed by her California public schools experience, Cottie knows education is the most important investment that California can make. In the Assembly, Cottie is prioritizing advancing and funding education programs at every level including early childhood care and education, K-12, and advanced level learning. Cottie sees that early investment expanding students’ horizons with new opportunities helps children fulfill their potential.

As a resident of Coastal Orange County, Cottie and her family have first-hand experience with the threat of rising sea-levels, the increased potential of wildfires, and air pollution that stem from climate change. Environmental Policy is one of Cottie’s top priorities. In the Assembly, she has authored legislation to combat sea-level rise, enhance ecosystem resilience and help California rebuild from devastating wildfires.   

As Chair of the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, Cottie is committed to ensuring that the state government works diligently for Californians. She has focused the committee on implementing a data-driven approach to see that legislation and programs are implemented correctly, government spending is aligned with legislative intent and taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.

Over the past 20 years, Cottie has enjoyed a successful career in finance and marketing. She has built businesses and led teams at Fortune 500 corporations, small companies and start-ups. Cottie has lived and worked in Washington DC, South Africa, London and, for the past 7 years, back in Southern California.

Cottie lives in Laguna Beach with her family – her husband Colin, two sons Dylan and Hayden, and their rescue dog Flounder.

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