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Marc Levine

Re-elect State Assemblymember Marc Levine to keep AD-10 on the right track.

About the Position

State Assembly members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that impact public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. 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 and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.

About the District

California’s 10th Assembly District includes all of Marin County and nearly half of Sonoma County. Notable cities within the district include Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, and Petaluma. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-10 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018, with a nearly 50 percent margin for both races. AD-10 is a largely white suburban, liberal district. However, there is a notable Latinx population of about 20 percent. The district encompasses the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, and Stinson Beach, making it a significant tourist destination.

About the Race

In the primary, Democrat incumbent Marc Levine led Democrat challenger Veronica Jacobi by a margin of 44 percent. Levine’s campaign has raised upwards of $75,000 and is largely funded through contributions from labor and medical associations, individual donors, and tribal governments. Levine’s campaign has received significant law enforcement and corporate contributions, namely from the Peace Officers Research Association of California. He has not received fossil fuel money. Opponent Jacobi’s campaign has raised upwards of $5,000, and is funded primarily through self-contributions.

About the Candidate

Representative Marc Levine is a member of the California State Assembly, and currently resides in Marin County. Levine has represented AD-10 since 2012. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Rep. Levine served on the San Rafael City Council, during which he focused on protective environmental policies and pragmatic solutions. Before his terms in public office, Levine developed technology for human rights organizations. According to campaign materials, Assemblymember Levine is running for re-election to protect the environment, improve education, and restore California government function.

Rep. Levine’s priorities for AD-10 this year include addressing California’s housing and homelessness crisis, advocating for environmental protective policies, investing in education, advocating for gun violence prevention, and alleviating financial burdens on women and families. Additionally, Levine is currently working on initiatives to update data-protection laws, amending California’s death penalty, and providing residency for undocumented children.

Rep. Levine currently sits on five standing committees, including Higher Education and Water, Parks, and Wildlife. He serves as chair for the Select Committee on International and Regional Agreements. Rep. Levine has voted for 20 bills related to COVID-19 worker protections, affordable housing, reducing homelessness, affirmative action, and environmental protections. He has sponsored legislation in support of gun violence restraining orders, oversight of police use of force, and prevention of racial bias in the criminal-justice system. He scores 83 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Levine has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. 

Rep. Levine is endorsed by such progressive groups as Equality California, Planned Parenthood, and AFSCME. However, Levine is also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California. Despite this problematic endorsement, Levine’s record of supporting progressive initiatives makes him a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.

Marc Levine

Assemblymember Marc Levine lives in Marin County with his wife and twin daughters. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to improve California's schools, preserve the environment, advocate for a sustainable government budget, and maintain an economy that welcomes innovation. 

In the State Assembly, Levine has helped increase investments for public education, supported measures to increase access to higher education, created incentives to promote sustainable practices for environmental preservation, and lifted up policies that increase access to affordable housing. Courage has criticized Levine in the past for accepting money from Big Oil investors and prioritizing the interests of real-estate developers over environmental protection. He has a lifetime “B” grade (83 out of 100) on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting record. In deep-blue Marin County, that’s not good enough, particularly since he received an unacceptable “C” grade in both 2016 and 2017.

Levine currently serves as Chair of the Select Committee on International and Regional Agreements and sits on the committees on Agriculture, Higher Education, Rules, as well as Water, Parks, and Wildlife. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Levine served on the San Rafael City Council where he gained a reputation for a proactive approach to environmental issues on a local level. Prior to taking any public office, Levine earned his Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and later developed technology for human rights organizations all over the world.

Levine is being challenged by Ted Cabral (D), Veronica “Roni” Jacobi (D), and Ron Sondergaard (R). Neither of the two Democrat challengers met our viability criteria detailed on the Methodology page. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Levine has done a decent job standing up for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians, but has room for improvement. Given the make-up of his district, improvement should be expected. 

According to our analysis, Levine is the best choice for progressive leadership in this district, although a viable progressive challenger would deserve a close look.