State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

  • Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

    Phil Ting

    Reelect State Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

     

    The Position


    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

     

     

     

    The District


    California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Democrats typically hold this seat. Of the registered voters in this district, 9% are Republican and 59% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 maintains a 50% democratic registration advantage. The most recent election results show that AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.

     

     

     

    The Race


    There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Phil Ting and Republican challenger Karsten Weide. Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $721,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Weide’s campaign has not yet filed any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.

     

     

     

    The Recommendation


    Assm. Phil Ting, an attorney and former assessor-recorder, is from San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to communicate California’s economic and equity priorities through a deliberate state budget. Assm. Ting won his 2020 reelection against Republican John McDonnell by 64 points.

    Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 this year have included 59 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 11 have been successfully chaptered into law. He currently serves on four standing committees, and is chair of the Committee on Budget. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations, and clear a property tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC. Despite these donations, our analysis is that Assm. Ting’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

     

     

  • Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

    Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

    Giselle Hale

    Giselle Hale, a businessperson and public official, grew up in the Midwest, has lived in California most of her adult life, and currently resides in Redwood City. According to campaign materials, she is running for election to bring results-oriented and progress-focused leadership to the Assembly. Hale won election to the Redwood City Council in 2018 by earning the highest vote share in a race where the top three candidates won seats. 

    Hale is in her first term on the Redwood City Council, and has been acting as mayor since 2021. Prior to running for her current seat, she held several local leadership positions, including as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission and on the advisory committee for the National Partnership for Women and Families. Hale’s childhood was affected by socioeconomic challenges, and her local policy initiatives highlight the importance of resources, opportunities, and a public social safety net for youth and families. In her previous roles, she has worked to expand protections for residents living in RVs and oversized vehicles, expand transit-oriented development, raise local financial assistance for childcare providers, and establish paid sick and parental leave. 

    She has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, including NARAL Pro-Choice, California Environmental Voters, Housing Action Coalition, and YIMBY Action. She also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.
     

  • James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values. 
     

    James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values. 
     

    James Coleman

    James Coleman, a public official, is a lifelong resident of South San Francisco. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to bring equitable leadership and policy to Sacramento. Hale defeated incumbent Richard Garbarino by a margin of four points to win election to the South San Francisco City Council in 2020.

    Coleman is the youngest person and first openly LGBTQIA+ member of the South San Francisco City Council. His run for public office was inspired by the disproportionate effects he observed across his community during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cascading crises it created in education, health care, racial justice, and housing. During his time on the city council, he has supported initiatives to provide hazard pay to essential workers, create new environmental coding for building construction, invest in affordable housing development, and make progress in providing citywide universal preschool. Coleman grew up in a working-class family, and experienced the effects of health care and socioeconomic insecurity directly when his father was paralyzed in an accident. This experience led him to pursue a STEM pathway at Harvard University, and he worked as a neuroscientist and an environmentalist after completing his degree. 

    He has the endorsement of a strong majority of progressive groups, including California Legislative Progressive Caucus, California Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, Clean Water Action, SEIU CA, and Equality California. He also has the endorsement of many state and local elected officials, including Assemblymember Alex Lee and Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio.

    Each candidate brings a unique issue perspective to this race. Based on our analysis, both candidates have maintained a track record and policy positions that demonstrate that they would be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-21 and would govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district. Voters are encouraged to review their platforms to select the candidate who best aligns to your values. 
     

  • Marc Berman

    Reelect State Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 14% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.

     

    The Race

    Republican Assm. Jim Patterson has held the AD-23 seat since 2012. Since redistricting, Assm. Patterson is running in the newly created AD-8, which includes portions of the former AD-23. With the newly drawn AD-23 now open, there are two candidates running for the seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Marc Berman and Republican Tim Dec. Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $467,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Dec’s campaign has raised $1,000 from a single individual donor.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Berman, an attorney, is from Palo Alto. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to bring legislative reform to his constituents on issues related to education access and climate change. Assm. Berman has represented AD-24 since 2016, and won his 2020 reelection against Republican Peter Ohtaki by 46 points. 

    Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 35 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 10 have been chaptered into law, 21 are in committee, and 4 have died. He currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state. 

    Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace complaint process. 

    Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-23, will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district, and should also be held accountable for any failures in leadership.

    Marc Berman

    Reelect State Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 14% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.

     

    The Race

    Republican Assm. Jim Patterson has held the AD-23 seat since 2012. Since redistricting, Assm. Patterson is running in the newly created AD-8, which includes portions of the former AD-23. With the newly drawn AD-23 now open, there are two candidates running for the seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Marc Berman and Republican Tim Dec. Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $467,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Dec’s campaign has raised $1,000 from a single individual donor.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Berman, an attorney, is from Palo Alto. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to bring legislative reform to his constituents on issues related to education access and climate change. Assm. Berman has represented AD-24 since 2016, and won his 2020 reelection against Republican Peter Ohtaki by 46 points. 

    Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 35 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 10 have been chaptered into law, 21 are in committee, and 4 have died. He currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state. 

    Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace complaint process. 

    Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-23, will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district, and should also be held accountable for any failures in leadership.

    Marc Berman

    Reelect State Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress. 

     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant. 

     

    The District

    California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 14% are Republican and 54% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.

     

    The Race

    Republican Assm. Jim Patterson has held the AD-23 seat since 2012. Since redistricting, Assm. Patterson is running in the newly created AD-8, which includes portions of the former AD-23. With the newly drawn AD-23 now open, there are two candidates running for the seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Marc Berman and Republican Tim Dec. Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $467,000, and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. Dec’s campaign has raised $1,000 from a single individual donor.

     

    The Recommendation

    Assm. Berman, an attorney, is from Palo Alto. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to bring legislative reform to his constituents on issues related to education access and climate change. Assm. Berman has represented AD-24 since 2016, and won his 2020 reelection against Republican Peter Ohtaki by 46 points. 

    Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 35 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 10 have been chaptered into law, 21 are in committee, and 4 have died. He currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state. 

    Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace complaint process. 

    Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups in the district. Based on our analysis, Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive champion for the constituents of AD-23, will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district, and should also be held accountable for any failures in leadership.