William Emmerson

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William Emmerson
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California State Senate District 23
Former member
In office
June 10, 2010-December 1, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 63
Bachelor'sLa Sierra University, Riverside, 1969
Master'sLoma Linda University 1982
OtherDDS, Loma Linda University 1980
Place of birthOakland, CA
William Emmerson is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 23 from June 10, 2010, to December 1, 2013. He resigned on December 1, 2013, saying his passion for the job had waned.[1]

Emmerson previously served in the California State Assembly, representing District 63 from 2005 to 2010.


Emmerson is a member of the Kiwanis Club and Alumni Association of Loma Linda University. His professional experience includes working as an orthodontist and as Staffer to Assembly Minority Leader W. Craig Biddle and Representative Jerry Pettis.[2]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review, Vice chair
Business, Professions, and Economic Development, Vice chair
Governance and Finance
Human Services
Legislative Budget
Joint Rules


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


Emmerson's sponsored legislation in the Assembly included:

  • AB 247 - Child abuse reporting: availability of information
  • AB 418 - Pharmacy technicians: licensure requirements
  • AB 1248 - Domestic violence: refusal to testify

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

Political Courage test

Emmerson 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]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Emmerson won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 23. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 37. He and Melissa Ruth O'Donnell (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Emmerson was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Emmerson Incumbent 56.3% 159,045
     Democratic Melissa Ruth O'Donnell 43.7% 123,518
Total Votes 282,563


The California State Senate, District 37 seat was up for election in 2008. Republican John Benoit won the seat in 2008 but a special election was held in 2010 to replace him. William was elected on June 10, 2010 and the District 37 will be up for re-election in 2012.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Emmerson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Emmerson raised a total of $2,759,407 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[6]

William Emmerson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 23 Won $709,387
2010 California State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $150,799
2008 California State Assembly, District 63 Won $792,536
2006 California State Assembly, District 63 Won $512,288
2004 California State Assembly, District 63 Won $594,397
Grand Total Raised $2,759,407


Emmerson won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Emmerson raised a total of $709,387.

2010 (Off-cycle)


Below are Emmerson's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Dental Assoc $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,250
CA Professional Fire Fighters $10,100
Farmers Insurance Group $9,700
CA Assoc of Realtors $8,200

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.[8][9]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Emmerson ranked as a 17.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fran Pavley (D)
California State Senate District 23
June 2010-December 2013
Succeeded by
Mike Morrell (R)
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 63
2005-June 2010
Succeeded by