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 3
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
High schoolLa Salle High School (1963)
Bachelor'sColumbia (1967)
Ph.D.Columbia (1970)
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."

Issues from other sources:

  • High Speed Rail
In a May 2012 interview, Quirk declined to say whether he would vote to support continued high-speed rail development with bonds.[1]
  • "Ballot-box Budgeting"
In a May 2012 interview, Quirk said that he opposed the ability of voters to limit the flexibility available to the legislature by supporting specific funding policies through referendum.[1]



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.[3][4]

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

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Preceded by
Bob Wieckowski (D)
California Assembly District 20
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