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|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
  |Prior office = California State Assembly

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William Emmerson
William Emmerson.jpg
California State Senate District 23
In office
June 10, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 2012
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 6, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sLa Sierra University, Riverside, 1969
Master'sLoma Linda University 1982
OtherDDS, Loma Linda University 1980
Place of birthOakland, CA
William Emmerson is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 23.

Emmerson was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He previously represented the 63rd Assembly District from 2005-2010.


Emmerson is a member of the Kiwanis Club and Alumni Association of Loma Linda University. His professional experience includes working as an orthodontist and as Staffer to Assembly Minority Leader W. Craig Biddle and Representative Jerry Pettis.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review, Vice-chair
Business, Professions, and Economic Development, Vice-chair
Governance and Finance
Human Services
Legislative Budget
Joint Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Emmerson serves on these committees:


Emmerson's sponsored legislation in the Assembly included:

  • AB 247 - Child abuse reporting: availability of information
  • AB 418 - Pharmacy technicians: licensure requirements
  • AB 1248 - Domestic violence: refusal to testify

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

Political Courage test

Emmerson 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.[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, Emmerson ranked as a 17.[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Emmerson won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 23. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 37. He and Melissa Ruth O'Donnell (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Emmerson was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Emmerson Incumbent 56.3% 159,045
     Democratic Melissa Ruth O'Donnell 43.7% 123,518
Total Votes 282,563


The California State Senate, District 37 seat was up for election in 2008. Republican John Benoit won the seat in 2008 but a special election was held in 2010 to replace him. William was elected on June 10, 2010 and the District 37 will be up for re-election in 2012.

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Emmerson's campaign in 2010
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians$7,800
California Financial Service Providers$7,800
Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers$5,850
California Correctional Peace Officers Association$3,900
California Optometric Association$3,900
Total Raised in 2010 $150,799


Below are Emmerson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Dental Assoc $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,250
CA Professional Fire Fighters $10,100
Farmers Insurance Group $9,700
CA Assoc of Realtors $8,200

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Preceded by
Fran Pavley (D)
California State Senate District 23
June 2010-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 63
2005-June 2010
Succeeded by