Bill Monning

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Bill Monning
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California State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Senate Majority Leader
2015-Present
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 27
2008-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley (1972)
J.D.University of San Francisco School of Law (1976)
Personal
Date of birthApril 2, 1951
Place of birthLos Angeles
ProfessionLawyer/Professor
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Monning is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Leader.

He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing District 27 from 2008 to 2012.

Biography

Monning currently works as Director/Distinguished Professor of Law, Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, Monterey College of Law and Professor of International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Monterey Institute of International Studies. He had his own private law practice from 1982-87 and 1991-93.

Monning is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Civil Rights Coalition of Monterey County, League of United Latin-American Citizens, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Monning served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2015
Budget and Fiscal Review
Health
Judiciary
Legislative Ethics, Chair
Natural Resources and Water
Public Safety

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Monning's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 540 - State Auditor: Bureau of State Audits: budget
  • AB 624 - Elections: voter participation
  • AB 1245 - Recovery of public records
  • AB 1678 (2012) - Seeks to ban food trucks from setting up within 1,500 feet of public schools[2]

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

Political Courage test

Monning provided 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. When asked his legislative priorities he listed them as:

  • 1. "Health care reform - support SB 840"
  • 2. "Sustain education funding"
  • 3. "Environmental sustainability -Reduce CO2 emissions"[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, Monning ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Monning ran in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 17. He and Larry Beaman (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Monning was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

California State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Monning 63.3% 236,213
     Republican Larry Beaman 36.7% 136,836
Total Votes 373,049

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Monning won re-election to the 27th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Linda Black in the November 2 general election.[10]

California State Assembly, District 27 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Monning (D) 102,124
Linda Black (R) 50,831

2008

In 2008 Bill Monning was elected to the California State Assembly District 27. Monning (D) finished with 127,102 votes and was followed by Robert Murray (R) with 48,107 votes and Mark Hinkle (L) with 17,435 votes.[11]

California State Assembly District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Monning (D) 127,102
Robert Murray (R) 48,107
Mark Hinkle (L) 17,435

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Monning is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Monning raised a total of $2,012,929 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[12]

Bill Monning's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 17 Won $831,359
2010 California State Assembly, District 27 Won $575,626
2008 California State Assembly, District 27 Won $605,944
Grand Total Raised $2,012,929

2012

Monning won election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Monning raised a total of $831,359.

2010

In 2010, Monning raised $575,626 in contributions.[13]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Operating Engineers Local 3 $11,300
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $10,800
California Medical Association $9,800
California State Council Of Laborers $9,800

2008

Below are Monning's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

Contributor 2008 total
William W Monning $15,000
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Operating Engineers Local 3 $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,390

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.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
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.[16]

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.[17]

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.

Personal

Monning is married to Dr. Dana Kent. They have two children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
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California State Senate District 17
2012–present
Succeeded by
Sharon Runner (R)
Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 27
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Nora Campos (D)