Loni Hancock

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Loni Hancock
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California State Senate District 9
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
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
Mayor, City of Berkeley
Bachelor'sIthaca College, 1963
Master'sWright Institute, 1978
Campaign website
Loni Hancock (b. 1941) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 9. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Hancock served as a member of the California State Assembly for the 14th Assembly District from 2002 to 2008 and as the mayor of Berkeley, California from 1986 to 1994.


Hancock earned her B.A. from Ithaca College in 1963 and her M.A. from the Wright Institute in 1978.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Elections and Constitutional Amendments
Environmental Quality
Public Safety, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hancock serves on these committees:


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


Campaign themes

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.[2][3]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Hancock 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.[4]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Hancock won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 9. She was unopposed in the primary on June 5, 2012, and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well.[5][6]

California State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoni Hancock Incumbent 85.8% 300,994
     Peace and Freedom Party Mary Catherine McIlroy 14.2% 49,987
Total Votes 350,981
California State Senate, District 9 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoni Hancock Incumbent 99.3% 123,624
     Peace and Freedom Green check mark transparent.pngMary Catherine McIlroy 0.6% 785
     Libertarian Lisa D. Ringer 0.1% 92
Total Votes 124,501


In 2008 Hancock was elected to the California State Senate, District 9. She finished with 272,225 votes and was followed by Claudia Bermudez with 53,299 votes and Marsha Feinland with 26,996 votes.[7] Hancock raised $1,273,432 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 9
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Loni Hancock (D) 272,225
Claudia Bermudez (R) 53,299
Marsha Feinland (P&F) 26,996

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hancock is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hancock raised a total of $3,208,995 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[8]

Loni Hancock's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 9 Won $606,509
2010 California State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $243,545
2008 California State Senate, District 9 Won $1,273,432
2006 California State Assembly, District 14 Won $346,954
2004 California State Assembly, District 14 Won $293,506
2002 California State Assembly, District 14 Won $445,049
Grand Total Raised $3,208,995


Hancock won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hancock raised a total of $606,509.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Loni Hancock's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 302$14,600
California Association of Realtors$12,700
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$11,800
Electrical Workers Local 595$11,700
Service Employees Local 1000$11,700
Total Raised in 2012$606,509
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Loni Hancock's campaign in 2010
California State Council Of Service Employees$7,800
Afscme California$7,800
California State Council Of Laborers$7,800
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO$5,000
California School Employees Association$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $243,545

Loni Hancock at El Cerrito Democratic Club, March 25 2008


In 2008 Hancock raised $1,273,432 in campaign donations. Four of her top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $144,934
California Applicants Attorneys Association $14,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400


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

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[10]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[11]

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Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District 9
Succeeded by