Das Williams

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Das Williams
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California State Assembly District 37
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Santa Barbara City Council
Master'sUniversity of California Santa Barbara
Das Williams is a first term Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Williams earned his M.A. in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California Santa Barbara. His professional experience includes working as a junior high school teacher, a council member for the City of Santa Barbara from 2003 to 2010, and serving as a legislative aide to Assemblymember Hannah Beth Jackson of the California State Assembly.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education, Chair
Natural Resources
Utilities and Commerce


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



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Williams won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 37. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 35. He and Rob Walter (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

California State Assembly, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDas Williams Incumbent 60.4% 115,532
     Republican Rob Walter 39.6% 75,643
Total Votes 191,175


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Williams defeated Susan Jordan in the divisive June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Mike Stoker in the November 2 general election.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 35 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Das Williams (D) 75,821
Mike Stoker (R) 62,310
California House of Representatives, District 35 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Das Williams (D) 23,279
Susan Jordan (D) 14,644

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $1,902,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[5]

Das Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 37 Won $698,893
2010 California State Assembly, District 35 Won $1,203,976
Grand Total Raised $1,902,869


Williams won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $698,893.


In 2010, Williams raised $1,203,976 in contributions. [6]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Sacramento County Democratic Central Cmte $30,000
California Democratic Party $27,172
California Teachers Association $15,600
AFSCME California $15,600
Service Employees Local 620 $15,600

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Gorell (R)
California Assembly District 37
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pedro Nava (D)
California Assembly District 35
Succeeded by
K.H. Achadjian (R)