Lynne C. Leach

Businesswoman, Former State Legislator, Community Activist and Leader

Lynne has been a businesswoman and involved in sales all of her adult life. In 1978, she started her own business, Applied Business Communications, Inc. The firm specialized in sales, customer service and communications training. In 2003, she launched Lynne Leach Presents… offering informative, inspirational speeches and practical, common sense programs on sales – customer service, communications and leadership to the business and political communities.

In 1996, Lynne was elected to the California State Assembly becoming the first woman ever to represent the combined Alameda/Contra Costa Counties 15th Assembly District. She was reelected in 1998 and 2000 by commanding margins and term limited in 2002..

While serving in the Assembly in Sacramento, Lynne’s top priorities were to make California more business friendly; return our schools to their premier status; address the transportation challenges of the Bay Area and provide some relief for the harried taxpayer.

Lynne Leach - Public Speaker Contra CostaLynne made her mark as a leader in the Legislature, serving as Chair of the Assembly Republican Caucus in her first term and Vice Chair of the Assembly Education Committee in her second and third terms. Other Committee assignments were: Transportation, Insurance, Business and Professions, Jobs and Economic Development, Aging and Long Term Care, Joint Legislative Audit and the Master Plan for California Education (Kindergarten through Higher Education).

From 1988 to 1996, Lynne was actively involved in the Contra Costa County Republican Party and served as its Chairman from 1991-1995. During her tenure, she introduced the successful Bootcamp (an annual candidate training program) and the R.E.V.O.L.T. (Republicans educating voters on lower taxes) Committee.

A Chicago native, Lynne was raised in a blue-collar family. Her father was a sheet metal worker and union member. Her mother was a full time homemaker. She worked her way through college and in 1963 graduated from Roosevelt University (Chicago) with a degree in Psychology,

In 1964, she and her husband, Bob, moved to California. In 1967 they settled in Walnut Creek where they raised their now grown children, Carol and Brian.

Community Service and Activities

  • Member/President: Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Member/President: Walnut Creek Professional and Business Women’s Club
  • Member: Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Posse
  • Member: Alameda/Contra Costa Counties 100 Clubs
  • Member, Executive Board, Mount Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America, Council President 2010-2012
  • Member, Walnut Creek (Host) Lions Club
  • Advisory Board Member, Assistance League of Diablo Valley
  • Advisory Board Member, Chinese-American Political Association
  • 1991-1995 Member/Chair of the Contra Costa County Republican Party

Since 1988, she has produced and hosted cable television shows: Make it Your Business,
At Issue, Behind the Headlines
and Focus 15.


In 1998 Lynne was named “National Freshman of the Year” by the National Republican Legislators Association and “First Term Legislator of the Year” by the California School Boards Association.

Honors came from:

  • The California Chamber of Commerce (Small Business Advocate 2004)
  • The National Tax Limitation Committee
  • The Association of California School Administrators
  • The Walnut Creek Education Foundation
  • Save Mount Diablo
  • The Association of California Water Agencies
  • The Contra Costa Breast Cancer Partnership
  • California Senior Housing Assoc.
  • The Association of Low Wealth Schools
  • Contra Costa County Adult Education and ROP
  • California State PTA’s Honorary Service Award
  • The California Small Business Association and California Small Business Roundtable
  • The Tri-Valley Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award
  • Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
  • Boy Scouts of America "Silver Beaver" Award (2007)
  • California Council on Adult Education "Friend of Adult Education" Award (2009)
  • California Women Leaders Association "Woman Achiever" Award (2009)
  • California Republican Women's Caucus Power Award (2001)
  • Seneca Network "Fire in the Belly" award (1997)