Tom Berryhill

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Tom Berryhill
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California State Senate District 14
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Tom Berryhill is a Republican member of the California State Senate representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Berryhill's professional experience includes working as Vice President of Berryhill Orchards, Incorporated, and owner of the Tom Berryhill Ranch.

He is involved with a number of organizations, including the 4-H Sponsoring Committee, California Association of Winegrape Growers, California Rifle and Pistol Association, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Modesto Sunrise Rotary, National Rifle Association, and Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions, Vice-chair
Budget and Fiscal Review
Governmental Organization
Human Services, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Berryhill servves on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Berryhill served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:


Berryhill's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 85 - Junk dealers and recyclers
  • AB 979 - Hunting or fishing: local regulation
  • AB 1254 - Hunter education courses: minimum hours

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

Campaign themes

Berryhill's campaign website lists the following issues:

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "We can defeat this recession by creating an atmosphere that encourages the private sector to invest in our people and our state. It is all about jobs, jobs and more jobs."
  • Lower taxes and less spending
Excerpt: "I believe that Ronald Reagan had it right. Families benefit from lower taxes and keeping government bureaucrats under control."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "As a fourth generation farmer, I understand it is agriculture that drives the economic engine of California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A strong education system is the best jobs program possible and breaks the cycle of poverty."
  • Crime and Public Safety
Excerpt: "Keeping our citizens safe is our governments' first responsibility. I will work closely with our local governments and police departments to give them the tools and resources to take the fight to the gangs and drug dealers."
  • The Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I believe that law abiding citizens have a right to own a gun and that is their business...not the governments."[2]

Political Courage test

Berryhill 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, Berryhill ranked as an 11.[6]



Berryhill was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead ran for election to the 14th District seat in the California State Senate. He defeated Tim J. Campi, Bret De St. Jeor, Heidi Fuller, and Tom Marsella in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Larry Johnson in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

California State Senate, District 14 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 191,097
Larry Johnson (D) 96,835
California State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 64,877
Bret De St. Jeor (R) 11,152
Tom Marsella (R) 10,452
Heidi Fuller (R) 5,111
Tim J. Campi (R) 4,128


In 2008 Berryhill was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 25. Berryhill (R) finished with 102,951 votes while his opponent Taylor White (D) finished with 69,223 votes.[9] Berryhill raised $540,605 for his campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 25
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Berryhill (R) 102,951
Taylor White 69,223

Campaign donors


In 2010, Berryhill raised $623,965 in contributions. [11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
Farmers Insurance Group $14,700
California Department Of Forestry Fire Fighters $12,600
California Dental Association $11,700


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

Contributor 2008 total
CA Department of Forestry Fire Fighters $14,400
Farmers Insurance Group $10,500
CA Professional Fire Fighters $10,000
AT&T $8,800
Sempra Energy $8,600

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Cogdill
California State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 25
Succeeded by
Kristin Olsen