Darrell Steinberg

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Darrell Steinberg
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California State Senate District 6
Assumed office
Current term ends
December 6, 2014
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Official website
Darrell Steinberg (b. 1959) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, currently serving as its President Pro Tem. Steinberg represents California's 6th state senate district. He was first elected to the state senate in 2006 and his current term expires in 2014.

Steinberg previously served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1998-2004.

Steinberg has joined Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican David Cogdill on the campaign trail to push for the May 2009 ballot proposition package.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Steinberg has been appointed to these committees:


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



Sen. Tony Strickland blasted Democrats in June 2011 for not committing the recently discovered $6.6 billion additional state tax revenues to public safety and education. Public safety and education groups are the two in the state claiming to be hit the hardest with cuts. Strickland said it does not appear the money was spent wisely.

“Democrats would like to claim that this budget is about public safety and education,” Strickland said. “Let’s be clear: You can make no mistake that this budget is not about protecting public safety or education. If you extend these taxes, it’s going to mean more people out of work at a time when people can least afford it. If you vote for this, it will actually be a full year of tax increases even if people in September vote it down.”

In 2011, Republicans blocked the passage of a tax bill requiring a two-thirds vote (AB X1 18).

Immediately following the failed tax vote, Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brought up a bill (SB 1X 23) that housed his local taxation bill (SB 653) and would allow local governments to bring local tax opportunities to a vote.

“I believe that it is another club to use over Republicans and our constituencies, saying, if you don’t do this bridge tax, if you don’t raise the taxes of people that have already said no, then we are going to have all these different taxes,” said Republican Sen. Bob Huff.

However Steinberg and other Democrats said they planned to allow local governments to fund their own public programs, especially if Republicans and voters rejected the tax extensions in 2011. Senate Bill 653 was a bargaining tool to get Republicans to go along with Jerry Brown’s tax extensions.

Under SB 653, local governments could pass local taxes increases on not just goods and services, but also on income taxes. In the course of the 2011 session, Democrats said they would create a local car tax, additional business taxes, property taxes and many different excise taxes on cigarettes, liquor, soda and even locally sold medical marijuana.[3]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Steinberg sought re-election to the 6th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Republican Marcel Weiland, Libertarian Steve Torno, and the Peace and Freedom Party's Lanric Hyland in the November 2 general election.[4]

California State Senate, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Darrell Steinberg (D) 137,012
Marcel Weiland (R) 70,724
Steve Torno (L) 11,236
Lanric Hyland (Peace and Freedom) 5,916


In 2006 Steinberg was elected to the California State Senate, District 6. He finished with 115,628 votes and was followed by Paul Green Jr. with 71,051 votes, C.T. Weber with 5,573 votes, and Alana Garberoglio with 4,774 votes.[5] Steinberg raised $812,323 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Darrell Steinberg (D) 115,628
Paul Green Jr. (R) 71,051
C.T. Weber (P&F) 5,573
Alana Garberoglio 4,774

Campaign donors


In 2006 Steinberg raised $812,323 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Service Employees Local 1000 $13,400
California State Council of Service Employees $13,400
AT&T $12,900
California Medical Association $11,400

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. [7],[8]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Steinberg ranked as a 74.[9]


Senator Steinberg discusses land use regulations
  • JD, University of California Law School, Davis, 1984
  • BA, University of California Los Angeles, 1981.

District profile

The 6th district covers all of the city of Sacramento, and parts of a number of other municipalities, all in Sacramento County.

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