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Lois Wolk
Lois Wolk.jpg
California State Senate District 3
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sAntioch College, 1968
Master'sSchool of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1971
Date of birthMay 12, 1946
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Personal website
Lois Wolk (b. 1946) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Wolk served in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance, Chair
Natural Resources and Water
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Legislative Budget


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


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


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. [1],[2]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Wolk ranked as a 94.[3]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Wolk won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 3. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She was unopposed in the primary on June 5, 2012, and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well. [4][5]

California State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Wolk Incumbent 66.2% 233,406
     Republican Frank Miranda 33.8% 119,033
Total Votes 352,439

California State Senate, District 3 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Wolk Incumbent 96.9% 116,403
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Miranda 2% 2,402
     Republican Gary Clift 1.1% 1,341
Total Votes 120,146


In 2008 Wolk was elected to the California State Senate, District 5. She finished with 78,171 votes while her opponent John Gould finished with 40,238 votes.[6] Wolk raised $498,987 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Wolk (D) 78,171
John Gould (R) 40,238

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)


Senator Wolk discusses issues she cares about

In 2008 Wolk raised $498,987 in campaign donations. Her top three donors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Wolk for Assembly 2004 Fund $106,336
California Teachers Association $13,400
California Professional Fire Fighters $7,782

Fined over gift disclosure

In February 2010 Wolk agreed to pay a fine of $400 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Leno (D)
California State Senate District 3
Succeeded by