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|First elected = [[California State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|First elected = [[California State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|2 terms (8 years)]]
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|12 years]]
|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Prior office = California State Assembly District 19
|Prior office = California State Assembly District 19

Revision as of 08:16, 17 July 2013

Gerald Hill
Gerald Hill.jpg
California State Senate District 13
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 19
Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
San Mateo City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
ProfessionProfessor/Business Owner
Campaign website
Gerald "Jerry" Hill is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 19th District from 2008 to 2012. He is commonly known as "Jerry" Hill.


Hill's professional experience includes working as an Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Notre Dame de Namur University, and owning a pool-cleaning business.

He also serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, previously serving on the San Mateo City Council, and as Mayor of San Mateo.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions, Chair
Budget and Fiscal Review
Business, Professions, and Economic Development
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environmental Quality, Chair
Joint Rules


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


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


Hill's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 84 - Vote by mail ballots
  • AB 734 - Horse racing: satellite wagering facilities
  • AB 1455 - Ephedrine: retail sale

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Hill's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Creating Local Jobs
Excerpt: "Jerry led the effort to relocate one of the world’s largest solar firms from Maryland to Belmont creating hundreds of local jobs. He worked for a year coordinating efforts between the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the State Board of Equalization and the City of Belmont."
  • Improving Our Health Care System
Excerpt: "Jerry led the successful effort to expand health insurance to every child in San Mateo County, and he found the funding to pay for it without increasing taxes."
  • Improving Schools
Excerpt: "As a credentialed teacher, Jerry knows the importance our schools have on shaping the future. He received his teaching credential from San Francisco State University and has taught government courses at the collegiate level."
  • Protecting The Environment
Excerpt: "Jerry has been a champion for environmental issues in the capitol receiving 100% voting records from the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. He introduced legislation, AB 1358, banning Styrofoam packaging in California to reduce debris in our bay, creeks and coastline."
  • Holding Utilities Accountable
Excerpt: "In the wake of the September 9, 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, Jerry took charge in the legislature to hold utilities and regulators accountable for improving the safety of gas lines beneath our homes."

Political Courage test

Hill did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Hill ranked as a 94.[6]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Hill won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 13. He and Sally Lieber (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Christopher Kent Chiang (D) and John H. Webster (L). Hill was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

California State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Hill 66.1% 218,775
     Democratic Sally J. Lieber 33.9% 112,321
Total Votes 331,096

California State Senate, District 13 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Hill 51.1% 76,033
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSally Lieber 22.5% 33,566
     Democratic Christopher Kent Chiang 11% 16,317
     Libertarian John H. Webster 15.4% 23,003
Total Votes 148,919


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Hill won re-election to the 19th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Alberto Waisman and Gary Tutin in the November 2 general election.[9]

California State Assembly, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Hill (D) 90,717
Alberto Waisman (R) 33,765
Gary Tutin (L) 3,674


In 2008 Hill was elected to the California State Assembly District 19. Hill (D) finished with 124,157 votes and was followed by Catherine Brinkman (R) with 39,132 votes and Brian Perry (L) with 6,803 votes.[10] Hill raised $1,114,900 for his campaign fund.[11]

California State Assembly District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Hill (D) 124,157
Catherine Brinkman (R) 39,132
Brian Perry (L) 6,803

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hill raised $585,275 in contributions. [12]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 467 $15,600
California State Pipe Trades Council $8,500
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $8,000


Below are Hill's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[13]

Contributor 2008 total
Jerry A Hill $50,000
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Pipe Trades District Council 36 $14,400
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447 $14,400

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Preceded by
Elaine Alquist (D)
California State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 19
Succeeded by
Phil Ting (D)