Nancy Skinner (California)

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Nancy Skinner
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California State Assembly District 15
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Berkeley City Council
Nancy Skinner is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 15. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Skinner's professional experience includes serving on the Berkeley City Council from 1984-1992. She is the founder of Cities for Climate Protection, member of the Community Conservation Centers Incorporated Board, David Brower Center Board, and founder of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives--Local Governments for Sustainability.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
Natural Resources
Public Safety
Rules, Chair
Utilities and Commerce
Joint Rules, Chair


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


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


Skinner's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 259 - Health care coverage: certified nurse-midwive
  • AB 643 - Public aid programs: eligibility
  • AB 664 - Workers' compensation: hospital employees

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

Political Courage test

Skinner provided 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. When asked her legislative priorities she replied:

  • "Preventing education funding cuts and keeping our young people out of the juvenile justice system. Ensuring educational opportunity and education that is meaningful to all students is essential."
  • "Universal, single-payer health care, current system is wasteful and leaves millions of Californians without health coverage."
  • "Environmental protection. We need a tax on carbon emissions, and stricter regulation and enforcement mechanisms on polluters. A green economy for the 21st century will create high-paying jobs and ways to utilize renewable resources, creating a sustainable livelihood for us all."[2]

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Skinner ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[5]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Skinner won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 15. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She ran unopposed in the primary on June 5, 2012, and won election unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Skinner Incumbent 86.8% 164,929
     Peace and Freedom Party Eugene Ruyle 13.2% 25,167
Total Votes 190,096


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Skinner won re-election to the 14th District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Republican Ryan Hatcher in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 14 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Skinner (D) 127,940
Ryan Hatcher (R) 28,055


In 2008 Skinner was elected to the California State Assembly District 14. Skinner (D) ran unopposed and finished with 162,432 votes.[9] Skinner raised $617,407 for her campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Skinner (D) 162,432

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Skinner raised $860,336 in contributions. [11]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 302 $15,600
California State Council Of Service Employees $15,000
AT&T $13,800
State Building & Construction Trades Council Of California $11,800


2008 campaign banner

Below are Skinner's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $10,800
Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council $10,800
Electrical Workers Local 595 $9,700
California Federation of Teachers $8,200
Electrical Workers Local 302 $7,200

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joan Buchanan (D)
California State Assembly District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 14
Succeeded by
Susan Bonilla (D)