Ellen Corbett

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Ellen M. Corbett
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California State Senate, District 10
Former member
In office
2006-2014
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Leader, California State Senate
2010-2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly, District 18
1999-2004
Mayor, City of San Leandro
1994-1998
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Davis, 1977
J.D.McGeorge School of Law, 1981
Personal
BirthdayDecember 31, 1954
Place of birthOakland, CA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ellen M. Corbett (b. 1954) is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 10 from 2006 to 2014. She served as Majority Leader from 2010 to 2014.

Corbett served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1998-2004, when she was no longer able to run because of California's term limits. She has also been a city council member and mayor of San Leandro.

Corbett unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 15th Congressional District of California in 2014.[1]

Biography

Corbett earned her B.S. in Political Science from the University of California-Davis in 1977 and her J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as a professor at Chabot Las Positas Community College, as an assistant to Assemblyman Elihu Harris (1979-1981) and as an attorney in private practice at the Corbett Law Office from 1987-1998.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions
Business, Professions, and Economic Development
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environmental Quality
Insurance
Judiciary
Emergency Management
Joint Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

Initiative rights

Corbett is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 24, which would make it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[2]

Legislative scorecards

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.[3][4]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Corbett ranked as a 100. She was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Corbett ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 15th District. Corbett was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, California District 15 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 49.1% 42,419
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Bussell 25.7% 22,228
     Democratic Ellen Corbett 25.2% 21,798
Total Votes 86,445
Source: California Secretary of State

Endorsements

Corbett received the backing of former congressman Pete Stark in her primary battle against incumbent Eric Swalwell in 2014. Swalwell ousted 20-term incumbent Stark by a slim margin in 2012 after a bitter battle. Stark said, "Hopefully Eric will lose, and I am doing everything I can to see that Ellen Corbett wins that primary election. I remember Eric, during the campaign against me, suggested that I was too old and inept to be of any value in the political process, so I am going to see if I can prove that to be wrong."[7]

2010

See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Corbett won re-election to the 10th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Republican Rob Maffit and Independent Ivan Chou in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Senate, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen M. Corbett (D) 139,799
Rob Maffit (R) 58,262
Ivan Chou (American Independent) 11,871

2006

In 2006 Corbett was elected to the California State Senate, District 10. She finished with 136,846 votes while her opponent Lou Filipovech finished with 49,368 votes.[9] Corbett raised $690,746 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen M. Corbett (D) 136,846
Lou Filipovich 49,638

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Corbett is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Corbett raised a total of $2,171,344 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[10]

Ellen M. Corbett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $0
2010 California State Senate, District 10 Won $384,647
2008 California State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $521,272
2006 California State Senate, District 10 Won $690,746
2002 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $88
2000 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $249,256
1998 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $325,335
Grand Total Raised $2,171,344

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Corbett's reports.

Ellen Corbett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$104,193.00$16,201.00$(5,430.92)$114,963.08
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$114,963.08$12,429.00$(11,207.71)$116,184.37
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$116,184.37$36,502.00$(9,268.95)$143,417.42
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$143,417$91,132$(25,891)$208,658
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$208,658$34,007$(34,660)$208,005
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$208,005$21,656$(113,628)$116,032
Running totals
$211,927$(200,086.58)

2012

Corbett was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Corbett raised a total of $0.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ellen M. Corbett's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Corbett raised $384,647 in contributions.[17]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Consumer Attorneys Of California $8,700
District Council Of Ironworkers $7,800
California State Council Of Service Employees $7,800
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $7,800

2006


Sen. Corbett addresses 2009 budget deficit

In 2006 Corbett raised $690,746 in campaign donations. Her top fice contributors are listed below.[18]

Donor Amount
California State council of Service Employees $13,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $13,400
California Teachers Association $13,400
California Nurses Association $7,200
AT&T $7,000

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[19]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[20]

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 supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
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 "taxpayer-related issues."
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.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[21]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
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.

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References

  1. SFGate, "East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell boasts 4-1 cash lead over Sen Majority Leader Ellen Corbett," July 22, 2013
  2. Ballot Access News, "California Legislative Hearing on Bill to Ban Paying Circulators Per Signature," July 6, 2009
  3. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  4. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  5. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  6. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  7. Roll Call, "Stark's Revenge: Bad Blood Lingers With Former Foe," November 20, 2013
  8. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Last, First Name," accessed September 14, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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California State Senate District 10
2006–2014
Succeeded by
Bob Wieckowski (D)