Lois Wolk

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Lois Wolk
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California State Senate District 3
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2004-2008
Education
Bachelor'sAntioch College, 1968
Master'sSchool of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1971
Personal
BirthdayMay 12, 1946
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionRetired
Websites
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Lois Wolk (b. 1946) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 3. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Wolk served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2008.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance, Chair
Health
Natural Resources and Water
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Legislative Budget

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

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, Wolk ranked as a 94.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Wolk won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 3. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She was unopposed in the primary on June 5, 2012, and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well.[4][5]

California State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Wolk Incumbent 66.2% 233,406
     Republican Frank Miranda 33.8% 119,033
Total Votes 352,439
California State Senate, District 3 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Wolk Incumbent 96.9% 116,403
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Miranda 2% 2,402
     Republican Gary Clift 1.1% 1,341
Total Votes 120,146

2008

See also: California State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008 Wolk was elected to the California State Senate, District 5. She finished with 78,171 votes while her opponent John Gould finished with 40,238 votes.[6] Wolk raised $498,987 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Wolk (D) 78,171
John Gould (R) 40,238

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wolk is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Wolk raised a total of $4,259,132 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[7]

Lois Wolk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 3 Won $405,395
2010 California State Senate, District 5 Not up for election $266,397
2008 California State Senate, District 5 Won $2,032,826
2006 California State Assembly, District 8 Won $498,987
2004 California State Assembly, District 8 Won $521,415
2002 California State Assembly, District 8 Won $534,112
Grand Total Raised $4,259,132

2012

Wolk won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wolk raised a total of $405,395.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lois Wolk's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$12,000
California Teachers Association$11,400
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$10,000
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$9,000
California State Association of Electrical Workers$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$405,395
Source:Follow the Money


2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lois Wolk's campaign in 2010
California State Pipe Trades Council$7,800
Time Warner$7,800
California Professional Fire Fighters$6,050
California Assisted Living Association$5,900
California State Council Of Laborers$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $266,397

2008


Senator Wolk discusses issues she cares about

In 2008 Wolk raised $498,987 in campaign donations. Her top three donors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Wolk for Assembly 2004 Fund $106,336
California Teachers Association $13,400
California Professional Fire Fighters $7,782

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.

Controversies

Fined over gift disclosure

In February 2010 Wolk agreed to pay a fine of $400 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well.[12]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Leno (D)
California State Senate District 3
2012–present
Succeeded by
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