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Bill Berryhill

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Bill Berryhill
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California State Assembly District 26
Former member
In office
Chief Minority Whip
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionPresident, Berryhill Orchards
Campaign website
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Bill Berryhill is a former Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 26 from 2008 to 2012.


Berryhill's professional experience includes working as the President of Berryhill Orchards and owner/operator of BB Vineyards.

He is a member of the Allied Grape Growers Board, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, California Waterfowl Association, Ceres Chamber of Commerce, Ceres Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Berryhill served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Berryhill served on these committees:


Political Courage test

Berryhill did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Berryhill's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 670 - Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes
  • AB 1356 - Elections: proof of identification
  • AB 1517 - Special education: alternative dispute resolution

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Berryhill's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "California is suffering from a legislature that has little interest in acting fiscally responsible. Our budget and laws create a structural deficit that works against the people of California and fail to provide accountability to taxpayers."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Californians shoulder the highest personal income tax burden in the country. And yet our state teeters on the brink of financial collapse. The liberal tax and spend crowd in Sacramento needs to understand that no society has ever taxed its way to prosperity."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Farming and agriculture are in my blood. I was raised on a farm and have made my living growing grapes for more than thirty years. I know what it takes to make a living in the San Joaquin Valley."
  • Water
Excerpt: "Water is a precious resource that brings billions of dollars of business to California. Farms, ranches and our communities are dependent on water, and the policies that manage it, to bring prosperity."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have been privileged to serve nine years as a Trustee on the Ceres Unified School Board. In that time I discovered that improving learning doesn’t happen by increasing salaries or with cumbersome state mandates, but by finding common sense solutions that serve children and families."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Berryhill ran in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 5. He and Cathleen Galgiani (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Leroy Ornellas (R). Berryhill was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012 by Cathleen Galgiani (D).[4][5]

California State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCathleen Galgiani 50.5% 142,425
     Republican Bill Berryhill 49.5% 139,502
Total Votes 281,927
California State Senate, District 5 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCathleen Galgiani 40.7% 52,148
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Berryhill 35.8% 45,819
     Republican Leroy Ornellas 23.5% 30,109
Total Votes 128,076


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Berryhill won re-election to the 26th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Democrat Tim Weintz, Sr. in the November 2 general election.[6]

California State Assembly, District 26 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Berryhill (R) 64,625
Tim Weintz, Sr. (D) 41,775


In 2008, Berryhill was elected to the California State Assembly District 26. Berryhill (R) finished with 70,620 votes while his opponent John Eisenhunt (D) finished with 65,940 votes.[7] Berryhill raised $1,039,464 for his campaign fund.[8]

California State Assembly District 26
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Berryhill (R) 70,620
John Eisenhunt (D) 65,940

Campaign donors


In 2010, Berryhill raised $616,050 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Farmers Insurance Group $15,600
California Trucking Association $8,900
California Dental Association $8,800


Below are Berryhill's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
William R Berryhill $100,000
California Republican Party $50,000
Republican Party of Stanislaus County $40,000
San Joaquin County Republican Central Cmte $21,000
CA Dental Assoc $14,400

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[11][12]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Berryhill ranked as an 11.[13]


Berryhill and his wife, Triana, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 26
Succeeded by
Connie Conway (R)