Ellen Corbett

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Ellen M. Corbett
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California District 15
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Senate District 10
In office
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 9
Majority Leader, California State Senate
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly, District 18
Mayor, City of San Leandro
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Davis, 1977
J.D.McGeorge School of Law, 1981
Date of birthDecember 31, 1954
Place of birthOakland, CA
Campaign website
Ellen M. Corbett (b. 1954) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Corbett served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1998-2004, when she was no longer able to run because of California's term limits. She has also been a city council member and mayor of San Leandro.

Corbett is seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 15th Congressional District of California in 2014.[1]


Corbett earned her B.S. in Political Science from the University of California-Davis in 1977 and her J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as a professor at Chabot Las Positas Community College, as an assistant to Assemblyman Elihu Harris (1979-1981) and as an attorney in private practice at the Corbett Law Office from 1987-1998.


Campaign themes

Initiative rights

Corbett is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 24, which would make it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[2],[3]

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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Corbett ranked as a 100. She was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[6]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions
Business, Professions, and Economic Development
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environmental Quality
Emergency Management
Joint Rules


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


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



See also: California's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Corbett is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 15th District. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.


Corbett has the backing of former congressman Pete Stark in her primary battle against incumbent Eric Swalwell in 2014. Swalwell ousted 20-term incumbent Stark by a slim margin in 2012 after a bitter battle. Stark said, "Hopefully Eric will lose, and I am doing everything I can to see that Ellen Corbett wins that primary election. I remember Eric, during the campaign against me, suggested that I was too old and inept to be of any value in the political process, so I am going to see if I can prove that to be wrong."[7]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Corbett won re-election to the 10th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Republican Rob Maffit and Independent Ivan Chou in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Senate, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen M. Corbett (D) 139,799
Rob Maffit (R) 58,262
Ivan Chou (American Independent) 11,871


In 2006 Corbett was elected to the California State Senate, District 10. She finished with 136,846 votes while her opponent Lou Filipovech finished with 49,368 votes.[9] Corbett raised $690,746 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen M. Corbett (D) 136,846
Lou Filipovich 49,638

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Corbett is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Corbett raised a total of $2,171,344 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[10]

Ellen M. Corbett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $0
2010 California State Senate, District 10 Won $384,647
2008 California State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $521,272
2006 California State Senate, District 10 Won $690,746
2002 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $88
2000 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $249,256
1998 California State Assembly, District 18 Won $325,335
Grand Total Raised $2,171,344


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Corbett's reports.

Ellen Corbett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$104,193.00$16,201.00$(5,430.92)$114,963.08
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$114,963.08$12,429.00$(11,207.71)$116,184.37
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$116,184.37$36,502.00$(9,268.95)$143,417.42
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$143,417$91,132$(25,891)$208,658
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$208,658$34,007$(34,660)$208,005
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$208,005$21,656$(113,628)$116,032
Running totals


Corbett was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Corbett raised a total of $0.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ellen M. Corbett's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Corbett raised $384,647 in contributions. [17]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Consumer Attorneys Of California $8,700
District Council Of Ironworkers $7,800
California State Council Of Service Employees $7,800
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $7,800


Sen. Corbett addresses 2009 budget deficit

In 2006 Corbett raised $690,746 in campaign donations. Her top fice contributors are listed below.[18]

Donor Amount
California State council of Service Employees $13,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $13,400
California Teachers Association $13,400
California Nurses Association $7,200
AT&T $7,000

10th District profile

Map of 10th District

The 10th District that Corbett represents in the senate includes the southern part of the East Bay Region, located directly south of California's 9th State Senate district. It includes the southern half of Alameda County and portions of Santa Clara County.

Cities in the district include Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, Union City, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo and Sunol.[19]

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