Carol Liu

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Carol Liu
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California State Senate District 25
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/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
City of La Canada Flintridge
Bachelor'sSan Jose State College, 1963
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1940
Place of birthBerkeley, CA
Office website
Campaign website
Carol Liu (b. 1940) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 25 since 2008.

Prior to joining the state senate, Liu was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. She was the mayor of the City of La Canada Flintridge from 1996-1999 and a member of the La Canada Flintridge City Council from 1992-1999.

Liu has a B.A. from San Jose State College. Her professional experience includes teaching at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley. She was an administrator at Richmond Unified School District from 1978-1984 and a Junior High history teacher at Richmond Unified School District from 1964-1978.


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. [1],[2]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Denham ranked as a 91. [3]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Governance and Finance
Human Services
Public Safety
Transportation and Housing


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


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



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Liu won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 25. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Gilbert Gonzales (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Ameenah Fuller (D). Liu was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Liu Incumbent 60.8% 213,127
     Republican Gilbert V. Gonzales 39.2% 137,651
Total Votes 350,778

California State Senate, District 25 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Liu 51.3% 62,930
     Democratic Ameenah Fuller 5.4% 6,592
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Gonzales 43.3% 53,093
Total Votes 122,615


In 2008 Liu was elected to the California State Senate, District 21. She finished with 204,737 votes and was followed by Teddy Choi with 77,525 votes and Steve Myers with 23,482 votes.[6] Liu raised $566,723 for campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 21
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carol Liu (D) 204,737
Teddy Choi (R) 77,525
Steve Myers (L) 23,842

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)


Senator Liu on "Walk A Day In My Shoes"

In 2008 Liu raised $566,723 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California Association of Realtors $9,700
Consumer Attorneys of California $8,200


Senator Liu is married to Michael Peevey. They have three children, Darcie, Maria, Jared.

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Preceded by
Roderick "Rod" Wright (D)
California State Senate District 25
Succeeded by