Joe Simitian

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Joe Simitian
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California State Senate District 11
Former Member
In office
2004-2012
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 21
2000-2004
Mayor, City of Palo Alto
Education
Bachelor'sColorado College
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
J.D.University of California, Berkeley
Personal
Place of birthPalo Alto, CA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Joe Simitian (b. 1953) is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 11 from 2004 to 2012.

Due to California's term limits, Simitian was unable to run again for the state senate when term expired in 2012.

Simitian previously served on the California State Assembly, representing District 21 from 2000 to 2004. He has also served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, as president of the Palo Alto School Board and as mayor of Palo Alto.

Simitian has a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford, an M.A. in City Planning from UC-Berkeley, and a J.D. from UC-Berkeley.

Issues

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.[1][2]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Simitian ranked as a 100. He was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[3]

Policy positions

  • Simitian is a sponsor of Senate Constitutional Amendment 6. He believes that it should only take a 55% vote to pass a parcel tax measure, rather than a two-thirds majority vote. Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 would bring about that change. To get SCA 6 on the ballot will require a 2/3rds vote of the members of both chambers of the California State Legislature.[4]
  • Simitian is a critic of how California's High-Speed Rail Authority is managed. He said, in 2011, "We're rapidly approaching a time when I'm going to have to ask myself, 'Is (the rail authority) capable of delivering?' That remains a question mark in my mind." Simitian made these remarks after several state oversight agencies produced analyses that asserted that the High-Speed Rail Authority had made "contract payments made without verifying that work was actually performed, [issued] payments for services or equipment not covered in consulting contracts, and [suffered from] a lack of policies and procedures to review invoices and payments."[5]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

Simitian was unable to run for re-election in 2012 due to term limits.

2008

In 2008 Simitian was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 11. He finished with 272,154 votes while his opponent Blair Austin Nathan finished with 91,592 votes.[12] Simitian raised $969,297 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 11
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Simitian (D) 272,154
Blair Austin Nathan (R) 91,592

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joe Simitian's campaign in 2010
California State Association Of Electrical Workers$7,900
California Refuse Recycling Council$5,900
Plumbers Steamfitters & Refrigeration Fitters Local 393$5,000
California Professional Fire Fighters$5,000
Western States Council Of Sheet Metal Workers$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $212,656

2008


Senator Simitian discusses state budget

In 2008 Simitian raised $969,297 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[13]

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California Association of Realtors $14,400

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11th District profile

Map of District 11

The 11th senate district that Simitian represents contains parts of Silicon Valley and areas along the Pacific coastline from south of Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz. The 11th covers parts of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

Municipalities in the district include Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, Emerald Lake, North Fair Oaks and West Menlo Park in San Mateo County; Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Loyola, Stanford and parts of San Jose and Fruitdale in Santa Clara County; and Capitola, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Live Oak, Opal Cliffs, Soquel and Twin Lakes in Santa Cruz County.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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California State Senate District 11
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Mark Leno (D)