Bill Monning for Senate

17th Senate District, California

I would be honored to have your vote for re-election in 2016.

— Bill Monning

California State Senator

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Meet Bonnie Raitt
and Support Senator Bill Monning’s re-election!

We are excited to announce a special chance to support Bill’s campaign: We have a limited number of top-quality seats at singer Bonnie Raitt’s upcoming Paso Robles show. And if you act now, you could get a pass to meet Bonnie after the show!

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie’s just-announced Dig in Deep Tour 2016 with Special Guest The Richard Thompson Trio will play in Paso Robles on September 23rd.

This will be Bonnie’s only show on the Central Coast, and tickets are going fast!

As a long-time Monning supporter, Bonnie offered us these tickets in support of Bill's re-election campaign.

Here’s how you can join us:

Level 1: Front Center Section Second Row, PLUS a pass to meet Bonnie backstage after the show - $500 per ticket.

Level 2: Front Side Section Sixth Row - $250 per ticket (seats only, no backstage pass).

These are premium seats at the fabulous Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.

Act Now to reserve your tickets! Because these seats are limited, please email us at rsvp@billmonning.org to request tickets, and we will contact you about payment if there are still tickets left.

What a Party!
Senator Bill Monning's Annual Birthday Bash
with special guest

State Controller Betty Yee

Betty Yee
State Controller Betty Yee

Bill celebrated his 65th birthday with about two hundred friends, enjoying great music by the Jack Bowers Trio and an inspiring speech by State Controller Betty Yee.

The Jack Bowers Trio

Sen. Monning presented Champions of Justice honors to Father Michael Reid of the Fund for Homeless Women and to Jesus Valenzuela, an activist working as a Health Equity Organizer and writer.
~ Photos by Bob Coble ~

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MC Allison Guevara
Father Michael Reid honored by Sen. Monning
Father Michael Reid
Sen. Monning
Senator Bill Monning
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Jesús Valenzuela

Sen. Monning's Announcement for 2016

Presented at Colton Hall
Monterey, California
December 1, 2015

Bill Monning Announces at Colton Hall

“After careful consideration and thorough deliberations with my family and closest supporters, I have decided that my experience, energy, and commitment to the people of California can be put to the best use by continuing my work as a leader in the California State Senate.”

[See the full text of Sen. Monning's speech below.]


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With nearly a million people, California's 17th State Senate District stretches from the old whaling town of Davenport to the stark desert-scape of the Carrizo Plain; from the broad sands of Pismo Beach to the world-class surf-breaks of Santa Cruz; from the rugged peaks and canyons of the Los Padres National Forest to the stately redwoods of Big Basin State Park. More...


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Sen. Monning's Announcement for 2016

Presented at Colton Hall
Monterey, California
December 1, 2015

Bill Monning Announces at Colton Hall

“After careful consideration and thorough deliberations with my family and closest supporters, I have decided that my experience, energy, and commitment to the people of California can be put to the best use by continuing my work as a leader in the California State Senate.”


Welcome, and thank you to all who have joined us today.

Thank you to the media for being here.

Special thanks to my wife, Dr. Dana Kent, to our daughters, Laura and Alexandra and their families, and to my sister, Barbara.

As we approach the 2016 election cycle, I have grappled with the options available to me. With Congressman Farr’s recent announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2016, there will be an open seat race for the 20th Congressional District for the first time in 22 years.

Twenty two years ago, I ran for what was then the 17th Congressional District. I set my sights on Washington and ran the race of my life. As an attorney, a labor lawyer, a human rights activist, and an international advocate to halt the nuclear arms race as the Executive Director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), I had an unparalleled opportunity to meet and work with people in over 80 nations around the world, in Washington D.C., and before the United Nations. I felt that these experiences added to the skill set I might bring to the U.S. Congress.

While we ran a strong, passionate race in 1993, Congressman Sam Farr prevailed and has represented us with distinction, dedication, and commitment for over 20 years.

In 2008, I had the opportunity to run for and win the 27th Assembly District seat. And, in 2012, I was elected to represent this beautiful 17th Senate District including all of Santa Cruz and SLO counties and parts of Monterey and Santa Clara counties. I have served on the budget, judiciary, natural resources & water, education, and public safety committees and I have chaired the Assembly Committee on Health during implementation of the ACA, the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees, the Senate Insurance Committee, and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. I am currently the Chair of the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics and serve as the Senate Majority Leader… This position has provided me with greater responsibilities as a leader in the California State Senate and the legislature of a state that would rank as the 8th largest economy in the world if it were a nation. Along with greater responsibility has come greater possibility to achieve meaningful legislative and budget victories.

Interestingly, the last state senator to represent this district from the Monterey Peninsula, was Sam Farr’s father, State Senator Fred Farr. The last legislator to represent this region of California and serve as Majority Leader was Senator Henry Mello from Watsonville who demonstrated the power associated with the Majority Leader position and how that could be used to benefit our local region.

I have embraced the position of Majority Leader with a sense of great purpose, responsibility, and pride.

I am particularly proud of my accomplishments as a leader in the California Legislature including:

As a leader in the State Senate, I am well-positioned to continue to advance the interests of the 17th Senate District and all Californians in education, healthcare, environmental protection, women’s and labor rights, public safety, and those of small businesses, agriculture, technology, and higher education institutions.

In my 7 years in the legislature, I have authored over 85 bills that have been signed into law by Republican and Democratic governors. I have made the tough decisions to achieve balanced budgets amidst the recession of 2008-09 and a 41 billion dollar deficit. We now have a balanced budget and a rainy day reserve fund. We are creating more new jobs than any other state in the union.

Clearly, we face the continued challenges of an ongoing drought, the crisis of climate change, and our local and regional water crises. I believe that my record demonstrates an ability to take on the tough issues, make the tough votes, and move California to a healthier, safer, and better future.

I have thought long and hard about the race for Congress. I have long thought representing this area in Congress would be the highest honor. But Washington isn’t what it was 22 years ago. Gridlock has overtaken Washington and my wife and I have prioritized being available and close to our children, grandchildren, and extended family.

After careful consideration and thorough deliberations with my family and closest supporters, I have decided that my experience, energy, and commitment to the people of California can be put to the best use by continuing my work as a leader in the California State Senate.

Therefore, I hereby declare my intention today to seek re-election in 2016 to California’s 17th State Senate District.

For those of you who might be disappointed with my choice, let me assure you that I truly believe I can do more for those of you here today and for all constituents in the 17th Senate District by seeking re-election to the State Senate than I could by seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

For example, in the next term, I hope to bring greater focus to the immediate crisis of climate change. California leads not only the nation – but the world – in our efforts to address the crisis. We have set ambitious goals to limit the emissions of CO2 and to promote renewable energy sources in California. The leading venture capital investment in California right now is in renewable energy development where we are creating jobs while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. California’s leadership in addressing climate change is being followed and replicated around the world.

I know I can do more to address Climate Change in Sacramento in the next 4 years than I could in 20 years in Washington. Similarly, I believe that I can do more to protect our environment, public health, and public safety as a leader in the State Senate than as a member of the minority party in Washington D.C.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support and friendship and for the honor of serving you. I look forward to our continued collaboration and friendship and to supporting a strong Democratic ticket by electing a Democrat to the White House and to all seats on the November ballot.

Thank you!

Toward Peace and Progress,
BILL

Bill Monning
State Senator, 17th District

Bill Monning photo Dear Friends,
How can you really know what legislators are fighting for and accomplishing for their districts and California? I believe that, more than slogans and sound-bites, the best way to evaluate your representative is by their legislative record.

I am particularly proud of my accomplishments as a leader in the California Legislature including:

  • Passage of the End of Life Option Act of which I was a joint and lead author; this historic legislation will provide terminally ill patients with compassionate options at the end of life and will serve as a model for similar legislation in other states;
  • Establishment of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at the former Ft. Ord. I authored 7 pieces of legislation to establish the cemetery and secured $2 million from the legislature with the Governor’s support to qualify the Veterans Cemetery for federal funding.
  • Secured the necessary state legislation and funding for the dismantling of the San Clemente Dam for seismic safety protection and to preserve and restore the upper Carmel River habitat and steelhead population;
  • Carried successive and successful legislation to continue the voluntary tax check-off to fund research for the preservation and safety of sea otters;
  • Authored the Sustainable Seafood Labeling Act - the first such legislation in the nation;
  • Obtained majority support and the Governor’s signature for legislation that requires sexual harassment prevention training for farmworkers throughout the state as well as other landmark legislation for the protection of workers’ rights and safety;
  • Secured legislation in 2015 to extend California’s Independent Peer Review Panel (PUC) related to seismic safety for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Facility.
  • Worked with the Big Sur Coastal Trail Working Group to develop a planning document for the establishment of a community-based planning process for the California Coastal Trail through Big Sur.
  • Carried legislation to help secure financing for the regional de-salination water project and to protect ratepayers;
  • Secured funding for construction of a new and safer jail facility in Monterey County that will protect the rights and safety of guards, prisoners, and the public;
  • Advocated for and supported legislation to protect women’s health and equality in the workplace;
  • Co-authored environmental legislation including landmark legislation to reverse the adverse impacts of climate change.
  • Supported legislation to help small business owners comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without facing “shake down” lawsuits that violated due process rights. These reforms will protect small businesses AND guarantee that the rights of the disabled are protected;
  • Advocated for the protection of animals, endangered species, and the elimination of animal cruelty;
  • Championed the arts and the importance of funding for arts, music, and cultural training in our schools, jails, and prisons;
  • Pioneered legislation to protect children’s and public health with a special focus on obesity and preventable diabetes (Type 2) and for disability rights and the needs of the developmentally disabled community.

Toward Peace and Progress,
BILL

Bill Monning
State Senator, 17th District

Thank You for Your Support

Your support is crucial to my continued service in the California Legislature. This is true not only through your contributions and volunteer time for my campaign, but also through your own commitment and readiness to take part as an involved member of our society.

Without the active engagement of the diverse people and communities of our state, California will lapse into greater inequality, environmental degradation, and weakened rights.

On the other hand, by working together with respect and inclusiveness we can make a difference!

I hope you'll continue to be an active participant in politics and community life. To whatever extent you are able to contribute time and money to my campaign, I am deeply grateful and will take inspiration from you to further my own service.

With Deepest Gratitude,
BILL

Bill Monning
State Senator, 17th District