Tom Berryhill

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Tom Berryhill
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California State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2006-2010
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Tom Berryhill is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Berryhill's professional experience includes working as Vice President of Berryhill Orchards, Incorporated and owner of the Tom Berryhill Ranch.

He is involved with a number of organizations, including the 4-H Sponsoring Committee, California Association of Winegrape Growers, California Rifle and Pistol Association, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Modesto Sunrise Rotary, National Rifle Association and Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Banking and Financial Institutions, Vice-chair
Budget and Fiscal Review
Governmental Organization
Human Services, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Berryhill served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:

Issues

Berryhill's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 85 - Junk dealers and recyclers
  • AB 979 - Hunting or fishing: local regulation
  • AB 1254 - Hunter education courses: minimum hours

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

Campaign themes

2010

Berryhill's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "We can defeat this recession by creating an atmosphere that encourages the private sector to invest in our people and our state. It is all about jobs, jobs and more jobs."
  • Lower taxes and less spending
Excerpt: "I believe that Ronald Reagan had it right. Families benefit from lower taxes and keeping government bureaucrats under control."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "As a fourth generation farmer, I understand it is agriculture that drives the economic engine of California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A strong education system is the best jobs program possible and breaks the cycle of poverty."
  • Crime and Public Safety
Excerpt: "Keeping our citizens safe is our governments' first responsibility. I will work closely with our local governments and police departments to give them the tools and resources to take the fight to the gangs and drug dealers."
  • The Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I believe that law abiding citizens have a right to own a gun and that is their business...not the governments."

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Berryhill ranked as an 11.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Tom Berryhill (R) and Paulina Miranda (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Berryhill defeated Miranda in the general election.[7][8][9]

California State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Berryhill Incumbent 66.5% 145,587
     Democratic Paulina Miranda 33.5% 73,417
Total Votes 219,004

2010

Berryhill was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead ran for election to the 14th District seat in the California State Senate. He defeated Tim J. Campi, Bret De St. Jeor, Heidi Fuller, and Tom Marsella in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Larry Johnson in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

California State Senate, District 14 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 191,097
Larry Johnson (D) 96,835
California State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 64,877
Bret De St. Jeor (R) 11,152
Tom Marsella (R) 10,452
Heidi Fuller (R) 5,111
Tim J. Campi (R) 4,128

2008

In 2008 Berryhill was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 25. Berryhill (R) finished with 102,951 votes while his opponent Taylor White (D) finished with 69,223 votes.[12] Berryhill raised $540,605 for his campaign fund.[13]

California State Assembly District 25
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 102,951
Taylor White 69,223

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Berryhill is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Berryhill raised a total of $2,305,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[14]

Tom Berryhill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $553,608
2010 California State Senate, District 14 Won $623,965
2008 California State Assembly, District 25 Won $540,605
2006 California State Assembly, District 25 Won $587,666
Grand Total Raised $2,305,844

2012

Berryhill was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Berryhill raised a total of $553,608.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Berryhill's campaign in 2012
Farmers Insurance Group$14,200
Personal Insurance Federation of California$8,900
Tom Berryhill for Senate 2010$8,622
California Chamber of Commerce$7,800
California Farm Bureau Federation$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$553,608
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Berryhill raised $623,965 in contributions.[15]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
Farmers Insurance Group $14,700
California Department Of Forestry Fire Fighters $12,600
California Dental Association $11,700

2008

Below are Berryhill's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[16]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Department of Forestry Fire Fighters $14,400
Farmers Insurance Group $10,500
CA Professional Fire Fighters $10,000
AT&T $8,800
Sempra Energy $8,600

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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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See also

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  2. tomberryhill.com, "Issues," accessed March 13, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Berryhill Issue Positions
  4. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  5. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  6. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  7. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  8. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Berryhill, Tom," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Leland Yee (D)
California State Senate District 8
2014–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
David Cogdill
California State Senate District 14
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Andy Vidak (R)
Preceded by
-
California State Assembly District 25
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Kristin Olsen