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}}{{tnr}}'''Tom Torlakson''' is the current [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction]]. He was elected to the position on November 2, 2010, and assumed office on January 3, 2011. He was previously a [[Democratic]] member of the [[California State Assembly]], representing the 11th District from 1996-2000 and from 2008 to 2010. Torlakson previously served in the [[California State Senate]] from 2000-2008.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=9640 ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Biography Tom Torlakson," accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Tom Torlakson''' is the current [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction]]. He was elected to the position on November 2, 2010, and assumed office on January 3, 2011. His first term expires in January of 2015 and he is eligible to run for a second term in [[California state executive official elections, 2014|2014]].
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While his current post is nonpartisan, Torklakson has been affiliated with the Democratic party since the start of his political career serving on the Antioch City Council. Before becoming state superintendent, Torlakson was a [[Democratic]] member of the state legislature. He represented the 11th District in the [[California State Assembly]] from 1996-2000 and from 2008 to 2010. In the interim, Torlakson served in the [[California State Senate]] from 2000-2008. <ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=9640 ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Biography Tom Torlakson," accessed September 24, 2012]</ref> Prior to that, he was a longtime member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and served three nonconsecutive years as board chairman.
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Not to be deceived by his recent career streak as a state lawmaker, professionally, he has considerable experience as an educator, including teaching at Mount Diablo High School for nearly a decade. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010 and coached for 30 years at Antioch High School.
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As superintendent, Torlakson oversees the California Department of Education and, by extension, all of the state of California's public schools. He executes the policies of the California Board of Education, which is the school system's primary governing body, in addition to operational and administrative responsibilities such as issuing licenses to teachers and maintaining school property.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=edc&group=33001-34000&file=33300-33319.5 ''California Education Code'', "Title 2, Division 2, Part 20, Chapter 3, Article 1, Sections 33302/33303," accessed June 27, 2011.]</ref>
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Torlakson will come up for re-election for the first time in [[California down ballot state executive elections, 2014|2014]] and he plans to seek a second term as superintendent.<ref>[http://www.tomtorlakson.com/ ''Tom Torklakson for Superintendent 2014 Official Campaign Website,'' "Homepage," accessed July 17, 2013]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Professionally, Torlakson has extensive experience as an educator; he was an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010, a teacher at Mount Diablo High School from 1972 to 1981 and a coach at Antioch High School from 1973 to 2003. He also worked at Kosich Insurance Company from 1989 to 2010. <ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=9640 ''Project VoteSmart'', "Bio of Tom Torlakson," accessed June 27, 2011]</ref> He was a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1996 and served as chair in 1984, 1989 and 1994.<ref name="votesmart"/>  
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Torlakson was an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010, a teacher at Mount Diablo High School from 1972 to 1981 and a coach at Antioch High School from 1973 to 2003. He also worked at Kosich Insurance Company from 1989 to 2010. <ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=9640 ''Project VoteSmart'', "Bio of Tom Torlakson," accessed June 27, 2011]</ref> He was a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1996 and served as chair in 1984, 1989 and 1994.<ref name="votesmart"/>  
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He holds his bachelor's degree in history, Master's in education, and a teaching certificate, all from University of California at Berkeley.
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===Education===
 
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===Superintendent of Education (2011-present)===
 
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Torlakson has served as the [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Public Instruction]] since 2010.<ref name="votesmart">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/9640#.UGOdjBgztsM ''Project Vote Smart'' "Biography" Accessed September 26, 2012]</ref>
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Torlakson has served as the [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Public Instruction]] since 2011.<ref name="votesmart">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/9640#.UGOdjBgztsM ''Project Vote Smart'' "Biography" Accessed September 26, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Torlakson filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for re-election as [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction]] in [[State executive official elections, 2014|2014]]. <ref>[http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Candidates/list.aspx?CandElectOff_view=intention ''California Secretary of State,'' "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012]</ref>
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Torlakson filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for re-election as [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction]] in [[State executive official elections, 2014|2014]]. <ref>[http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Candidates/list.aspx?CandElectOff_view=intention ''California Secretary of State,'' "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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Tom Torlakson
Tom-Torlakson.jpg
California Superintendent of Public Instruction
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyNon-partisan
PredecessorJack O'Connell
Compensation
Base salary$151,127
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next general2014
Campaign $$7,657,730
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2008 - 2010
California State Senate
2000 - 2008
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
1980 - 1996
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California at Berkeley
Master'sUniversity of California at Berkeley
OtherTeaching Certificate - University of California at Berkeley
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Torlakson is the current California Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was elected to the position on November 2, 2010, and assumed office on January 3, 2011. His first term expires in January of 2015 and he is eligible to run for a second term in 2014.

While his current post is nonpartisan, Torklakson has been affiliated with the Democratic party since the start of his political career serving on the Antioch City Council. Before becoming state superintendent, Torlakson was a Democratic member of the state legislature. He represented the 11th District in the California State Assembly from 1996-2000 and from 2008 to 2010. In the interim, Torlakson served in the California State Senate from 2000-2008. [1] Prior to that, he was a longtime member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and served three nonconsecutive years as board chairman.

Not to be deceived by his recent career streak as a state lawmaker, professionally, he has considerable experience as an educator, including teaching at Mount Diablo High School for nearly a decade. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010 and coached for 30 years at Antioch High School.

As superintendent, Torlakson oversees the California Department of Education and, by extension, all of the state of California's public schools. He executes the policies of the California Board of Education, which is the school system's primary governing body, in addition to operational and administrative responsibilities such as issuing licenses to teachers and maintaining school property.[2]

Torlakson will come up for re-election for the first time in 2014 and he plans to seek a second term as superintendent.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Torlakson was an adjunct faculty member at Los Medanos College from 2007 to 2010, a teacher at Mount Diablo High School from 1972 to 1981 and a coach at Antioch High School from 1973 to 2003. He also worked at Kosich Insurance Company from 1989 to 2010. [4] He was a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1996 and served as chair in 1984, 1989 and 1994.[5]

He holds his bachelor's degree in history, Master's in education, and a teaching certificate, all from University of California at Berkeley.

Education

  • B.A. in history, University of California-Berkeley
  • Teaching Certificate, University of California-Berkeley
  • M.A. in education, University of California-Berkeley

Political career

Superintendent of Education (2011-present)

Torlakson has served as the Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2011.[5]

California State Assembly (2008-2010)

Torlakson served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2010.[5]

Issues

Torlakson 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.[6]

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. [7],[8]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Torlakson ranked as an 89.[9]

Committee assignments

Torlakson served on the following committees:

Torlakson's sponsored legislation included:

  • AB 89 - Taxation: cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • AB 267 - Education finance districts: taxes
  • AB 476 - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

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

California State Senate (2000-2008)

Torlakson served in the California State Senate from 2000 to 2008.[5]

Contra Cost County Board of Supervisors (1980-1986)

Torlakson was a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1996.[5] He was the chairperson in 1984, 1989, and 1994.[5]

Antioch City Council (1978-1980)

Torlakson was a member of the Antioch City Council from 1978 to 1980.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Torlakson filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for re-election as California Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. [10] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2010

Torlakson was elected state superintendent of public instruction on November 2, 2010. He was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2010 due to term limits.

California Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Torlakson 54.5% 4,222,946
     Nonpartisan Larry Aceves 44.9% 3,476,243
     Write-In Diane Lenning 0.6% 46,061
Total Votes 7,745,250
Election Results Via: California Secretary of State

2008

In 2008 Torlakson was elected to the California State Assembly District 11. Torlakson (D) finished with 117,773 votes while his opponent Elizabeth Hansen (R) finished with 42,023 votes.[11] Torlakson raised $603,934 for his campaign fund.[12]

California State Assembly, District 11, General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Torlakson 73.7% 117,773
     Republican Elizabeth Hansen 26.3% 42,023
Total Votes 159,796


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Torlakson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Torlakson raised a total of $7,657,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[13]

Tom Torlakson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $149,520
2010 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $2,016,469
2008 California State Assembly District 11 Won $603,934
2006 California State Senate District 7 Not up for election $10,041
2004 California State Senate District 7 Won $484,271
2002 California State Senate District 7 Not up for election $564,487
2000 California State Senate District 7 Won $3,341,190
1998 California State Assembly District 11 Won $487,818
Grand Total Raised $7,657,730

2004, 2008, 2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tom Torlakson's donors each year.[14] Click [show] for more information.


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Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 11
1996-2000, 2008-2010
Succeeded by
Susan Bonilla
Preceded by
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California Superintendent of Public Instruction
2011-present
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