Bill Monning

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Bill Monning
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California State Senate District 17
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 27
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley (1972)
J.D.University of San Francisco School of Law (1976)
Date of birthApril 2, 1951
Place of birthLos Angeles
Campaign website
Bill Monning is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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


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


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Natural Resources and Water
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Joint Rules


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


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


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 provides voters with 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]



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]

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


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.[9]

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


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.[10]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Monning raised $575,626 in contributions. [11]

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


Below are Monning's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

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


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

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