Carol Liu

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Carol Liu
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California State Senate District 25
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2001-2006
City of La Canada Flintridge
1996-1999
Education
Bachelor'sSan Jose State College, 1963
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1940
Place of birthBerkeley, CA
ProfessionInstructor
CandidateVerification
Carol Liu (b. 1940) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 25. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Prior to joining the state senate, Liu was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. She was the mayor of the City of La Canada Flintridge from 1996-1999 and a member of the La Canada Flintridge City Council from 1992-1999.

Biography

Liu earned her B.A. from San Jose State College. Her professional experience includes teaching at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley. She was an administrator at Richmond Unified School District from 1978-1984 and a Junior High history teacher at Richmond Unified School District from 1964-1978.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Liu served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Governance and Finance
Human Services
Public Safety
Transportation and Housing
Arts

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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.[1][2]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Denham ranked as a 91.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Liu won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 25. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Gilbert Gonzales (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Ameenah Fuller (D). Liu was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Liu Incumbent 60.8% 213,127
     Republican Gilbert V. Gonzales 39.2% 137,651
Total Votes 350,778
California State Senate, District 25 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Liu 51.3% 62,930
     Democratic Ameenah Fuller 5.4% 6,592
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Gonzales 43.3% 53,093
Total Votes 122,615

2008

In 2008 Liu was elected to the California State Senate, District 21. She finished with 204,737 votes and was followed by Teddy Choi with 77,525 votes and Steve Myers with 23,482 votes.[6] Liu raised $566,723 for campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 21
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carol Liu (D) 204,737
Teddy Choi (R) 77,525
Steve Myers (L) 23,842

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Liu is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Liu raised a total of $4,197,023 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[7]

Carol Liu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 25 Won $488,721
2010 California State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $470,691
2008 California State Senate, District 21 Won $566,723
2004 California State Assembly, District 44 Won $486,851
2002 California State Assembly, District 44 Won $721,307
2000 California State Assembly, District 44 Won $1,462,730
Grand Total Raised $4,197,023

2012

Liu won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Liu raised a total of $488,721.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carol Liu's campaign in 2012
Liu, Carol$60,000
California Association of Realtors$15,600
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$9,300
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters$8,900
California Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers$8,000
Total Raised in 2012$488,721
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carol Liu's campaign in 2010
Carol Liu For Senate$224,397
District Council Of Ironworkers$11,700
California State Council Of Laborers$7,800
Majestic Realty Co$7,800
AT&T$7,600
Total Raised in 2010 $470,691

2008


Senator Liu on "Walk A Day In My Shoes"

In 2008 Liu raised $566,723 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California Association of Realtors $9,700
Consumer Attorneys of California $8,200

Scorecards

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2013

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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

Liu and her husband, Michael Peevey, have three children, Darcie, Maria, Jared.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roderick "Rod" Wright (D)
California State Senate District 25
2008–present
Succeeded by
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