Ellen Corbett

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Ellen M. Corbett
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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
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
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 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.[1],[2]

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. [3],[4]

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.[5]

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 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.[6]

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.[7] 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


In 2010, Corbett raised $384,647 in contributions. [8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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