Bill Quirk

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Bill Quirk
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California State Assembly District 20
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
High schoolLa Salle High School (1963)
Bachelor'sColumbia (1967)
Ph.D.Columbia (1970)
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Quirk is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Quirk earned his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Physics from Columbia in 1967 and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1970. His professional experience includes serving as a Hayward City Councilman. Quick "overwhelmingly won" the endorsement of the state Democratic Party for this seat in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety
Utilities and Commerce
Joint Rules


Campaign themes


Quirk's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Education
Excerpt: "In the long run, the most important factor in increasing jobs in California is education. The K-12 schools and Community Colleges and Universities will determine if Californians can qualify for jobs or if industry will import workers from other states and countries."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "One way to stimulate job creation is by simplifying regulations and streamlining the approval processes for businesses while still protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. I would like to see a one-stop permitting process."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "I will support police and fire services by opposing state raids on funds for local government."
  • Assuring Affordable, Reliable Energy
Excerpt: "The cheapest and most reliable source of clean energy is conservation. Residence and business owners typically do not have the funds necessary to undertake the building improvements that would conserve energy. We need to find a way to provide loans for this purpose, which could be paid off by the savings in energy costs."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Bill Quirk (D) and Jaime Patino (R) defeated Luis Reynoso (I) in the blanket primary. Quirk will face Patino in the general election.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Quirk Incumbent 66% 31,882
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Patino 23.3% 11,246
     Independent Luis Reynoso 10.7% 5,186
Total Votes 48,314


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Quirk won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 20. He advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary, defeating Sarabjit Kaur Cheema (D), Luis Reynoso (R), and Mark Green (I). Quirk defeated Jennifer Ong (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

California State Assembly, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Quirk 50.3% 67,028
     Democratic Jennifer Ong 49.7% 66,111
Total Votes 133,139
California State Assembly, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sarabjit Kaur Cheema 6% 3,397
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Ong 25.7% 14,560
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Quirk 30.3% 17,177
     Republican Luis Reynoso 17.7% 10,041
     Independent Mark Green 20.3% 11,490
Total Votes 56,665

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Quirk is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Quirk raised a total of $797,460 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[7]

Bill Quirk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 20 Won $797,460
Grand Total Raised $797,460


Quirk won election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Quirk raised a total of $797,460.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Quirk's campaign in 2012
Quirk, William J.$96,000
Quirk, Bill$70,000
Electrical Workers Local 302$15,600
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California League of Conservation Voters$15,600
Total Raised in 2012$797,460
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[8]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[9]



In 2014, Quirk's endorsements include the following:[10]

  • California Democratic Party
  • California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • SEIU State Council
  • Council of Service Employees
  • California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
  • California School Employees Association
  • Consumer Atttorneys of California
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • CAL FIRE Firefighters, Local 2881
  • Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  • Alameda County and Oakland Firefighters, IAFF Local 55
  • Hayward Firefighters, IAFF Local 1909
  • Fremont Firefighters, IAFF Local 1689
  • Hayward Police Officers Association

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wieckowski (D)
California Assembly District 20
Succeeded by