Bill Monning was elected to the California Assembly in November of 2008 and then re-elected in November of 2010 to represent the 27th Assembly District, which includes portions of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. In 2012, Bill was elected to the State Senate representing the 17th Senate District, which stretches from South San Jose through Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties all the way to San Luis Obispo County.
Prior to his service in the State Assembly, Senator Monning was a professor at the Monterey College of Law and a professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is the former president and co-founder of Global Majority, Inc., an organization committed to education, training and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution.
Senator Monning served as a Senior Fulbright Specialist, receiving Fulbright scholarships to teach and research in Peru and Chile. Additionally, he was a member of the Monterey County Court-directed mediation panel and served for four years as Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
The Senator received a B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. He and his wife, Dana T. Kent, a family physician, reside in Carmel, California and have two daughters: Laura, husband Kevin; and Alexandra.