Mr. Merksamer has had a most distinguished career in public service.
Mr. Merksamer has had a most distinguished career in public service. Mr. Merksamer served as the Chief of Staff to Governor George Deukmejian, a position which he held from 1982 to 1987. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Merksamer served as a member of the Governor’s cabinet, chaired the cabinet in the Governor’s absence, oversaw the Governor’s staff, and directed day-to-day operations of the state government. Prior to that, he was the Special Assistant Attorney General of the State of California, serving as the Attorney General’s senior counselor and policy advisor. In that capacity, Mr. Merksamer advised the Attorney General on the principal litigation conducted by the Civil, Public Rights and Criminal Law Divisions.