Elaine Alquist

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Elaine Alquist
Elaine Alquist.jpg
California State Senate District 13
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sMacMurray College
Master'sWashington University
Place of birthChicago, IL
Elaine Alquist (b. 1944) is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 13 from 2004 to 2012.

Prior to joining the state senate, Alquist was a member of the California State Assembly from 1997-2002. She also served on the Cupertino Union School Board from 1983-1991.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Health and Human Services


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

Select committees

  • Emerging Technologies (Chair)



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Alquist explored a run for California Secretary of State in 2014. She filed a "Statement of Intention" for the race but ultimately chose not to file for the June 3 primary election.[1][2]


Alquist was unable to run for re-election in 2012 due to term limits.


In 2008, Alquist was elected to the California State Senate, District 13. She finished with 179,855 votes and was followed by Shane Patrick Connolly with 57,033 votes and John Webster with 16,659.[3] Alquist raised $410,894 in campaign funds.

California State Senate, District 13
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Alquist (D) 179,855
Shane Patrick Connolly (R) 57,033
John Webster (L) 16,659

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Elaine Alquist's campaign in 2010
California Dental Association$5,000
Peace Officers Research Association Of California$3,500
Plumbers Steamfitters & Refrigeration Fitters UA Local 393 PAC$3,200
Capg Physicians Group PAC$3,200
Total Raised in 2010 $100,607


Senator Alquist honors teaching profession

In 2008, Alquist raised $410,894 in campaign donations. Her top three donors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California Association of Realtors $11,100

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.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Alquist ranked as an 89.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Gerald Hill (D)