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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 20

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Bill Quirk

66,526 votes (77.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reducing California's and the world's greenhouse gas footprint in a way that strengthens our economy.
  • Increasing funding for and and improving our educational outcomes at all levels.
  • Making it easier for businesses to start, grow, and stay in California.



Profession:Assembly Member
Council Member, Hayward City Council — Elected position (2004–2012)
Physicist: Climate Science, Expert on Foreign Nuclear Weapon Programs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1979–2005)
Library Commissioner, Hayward Public Library Commission — Appointed position (1997–2004)
Corporate Planner, Amdahl, Sunnyvale (1978–1979)
Management Consultant, McKinsey and Company (1977–1978)
Astrophysicist, Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City (1972–1977)


California Institute of Technology Post Doctoral Fellowship, Astrophysics: Galaxies, Quasars, Star Formation (1972)
Columbia University Ph.D. , Astrophysics: Computer Simulations of the Evolution of Galaxies (1970)
Columbia University Bachelor of Science, Applied Physics (1967)


As the oldest of seven children growing up near Boston, Bill started taking responsibility at an early age. Bill excelled in school and became an Eagle Scout.

After earning his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia at the age of 24, Bill joined NASA as a research scientist and supervised one of the first studies of climate change: the Goddard Institute Climate Model.

From there, Bill worked in the computer industry in Silicon Valley before settling into a career at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL).  Teaching physics at Columbia, Caltech and UC Davis helped Bill formulate his lifelong interest in education.

Bill has a strong record of public service, beginning with his tenure as PTA president while his children attended Hayward public schools. Since moving to Hayward in 1978, Bill served the community as President of Hayward Friends of the Library and Chair, Hayward Library Commission. He is a Member of Hayward Rotary, Hayward Area Historical Society.

Bill served from 2004-12 on the Hayward City Council. While on the Council, Bill served on the Board of Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, and the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency. While on the city council, Bill has been dedicated to revitalizing Hayward through promoting jobs and safe and clean neighborhoods.

In the assembly, Bill has stressed simplifying regulations and streamlining the regulatory processes for individuals and businesses while still protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. He is dedicated to achieving the greenhouse reduction values of AB32 in a way that achieves affordable and reliable energy.

Bill on Assembly Public Safety committee and has served as chair. In this role, he was dedicated to reducing the crime rate in California by reducing the recidivism rate and improving methods of policing.

Bill has been a union member for 30 years and has served on the board of CWA local 9119, which has over 10,000 members at all the University of California Campuses.

Bill and his wife Laurel moved to the Hayward area in 1978 and have been married for over 42 years. They raised two children who attended Hayward public schools and the University of California.



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $678,489

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

SEIU Local 1021
California State Council of Laborers
SEIU California
IBEW Local 595
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council

More information about contributions

By State:

California 90.30%
District of Columbia 1.89%
Maryland 1.28%
Texas 1.17%
Other 5.36%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.73%)
Small contributions (0.27%)

By Type:

From organizations (88.65%)
From individuals (11.35%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 I am proud to be your locally elected Assemblymember in Sacramento. I have successfully fought for increased funding for public schools, colleges, and universities to better prepare Californians to compete for 21st Century jobs.  I have passed legislation to reduce red tape and make it easier for businesses to start, grow, and stay in California.  And I have supported local fire and police services by stopping state raids on local government funds.  I am honored to have the endorsement of hundreds of local elected and community leaders, and a broad coalition of organizations representing nurses, firefighters, teachers, police officers, environmentalists, business leaders and working families.  As the only scientist in the State Assembly, I am applying my technical and analytical expertise in Sacramento to resolve some of California’s most complex problems.  I am a leader on energy and environmental issues, particularly in strictly regulating fracking and fighting climate change.  As Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, I am working for safer communities, improving the Amber Alert system, and increasing protections for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.  My goal is helping citizens, not special interests.  Please let me continue my fight this year to increase our grossly under-funded UC and Cal State higher education systems and push for better ways to prosecute criminals and protect victims.  Join teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, environmentalists, business leaders and local citizens in reelecting me, Bill Quirk, to continue serving you.  Thank you.

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