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Darrell Steinberg

Assumed office 
November 30, 2008
Preceded by Don Perata

Member of the California State Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office 
December 4, 2006
Preceded by Deborah Ortiz

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 9th district
In office
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by Deborah Ortiz
Succeeded by Dave Jones

Born October 15, 1959 (1959-10-15) (age 50)
San Francisco, California
United States
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julie Steinberg
Alma mater University of California Los Angeles, University of California, Davis School of Law
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Darrell Steven Steinberg (born October 15, 1959) is a Democratic politician from Sacramento, California. He is currently serving his first term in the California State Senate, representing the 6th District. He has been the Senate President Pro Tem since 2008. Steinberg had previously served as a member of the California State Assembly (1998-2004) and as a member of the Sacramento City Council (1992-1998).


Education and Pre Legislative career

Steinberg attended University of California, Los Angeles where he received his bachelors of arts degree in economics. He later attended University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) where he received his juris doctor.[1] Steinberg worked as an employee rights attorney for the California State Employees Association for 10 years and as an Administrative Law Judge and mediator. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Steinberg served on the Sacramento City Council representing the 6th district, where he founded Sacramento START (Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow), a free literacy-based public/private after-school program.


Darrell Steinberg was a member of the California State Assembly from 1998 until he was termed out in 2004. Much of his Assembly district is contained within his current senate district.[1] During his tenure in the Assembly, Steinberg served as Chair of the Assembly Committees on Budget, Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor and Employment, and the Select Committee on High Priority Schools.[1] He authored 70 bills that were signed into law that included expansions to mental health, help low performing schools, expanding after school programs, extending Title IX , creating the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air and Transportation (SECAT) program to improve Central Valley air quality, and several bills in the areas of consumer protection and public safety.[1]

While in the Assembly, he coauthored the 2004 California Ballot Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which imposes a 1% tax on incomes of $1,000,000 or more for mental health funding.[1] He co-authored "Prop 63" with mental health lobbyist, Sherman Russell Selix, Jr. He also served as a Commissioner for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission from 2004 to 2009.


The 9th District

The 9th district included the city of Sacramento and some of the unincorporated urban and suburban areas south of the city.

State Senate

Steinberg is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.[1] He also chairs the Senate Select Committee on High School Graduation.[1] Steinberg also chairs the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.[1] In February 2008, Steinberg was selected by Senate Democrats to replace Don Perata as Senate Pro Temp when Don Perata is termed out of office in late 2008.[2] Until that date, Steinberg will work under Perata's "tutelage" to make for an easy transition.[2] He will be the first Senate leader from Sacramento since 1883.[2]

As a member of the State Senate, Steinberg continued many of the same causes he had undertaken as a member of the Assembly. He continued his work on improving test scores, aiding under performing schools, lowering dropout rates, and improving the state's mental health system.[3][4] In 2007, Steinberg introduced a bill to cap the number of hours high school students can work at 20 if their grade point average is not 2.5 or higher.[5]

The 6th District

The 6th District includes the capital city of Sacramento parts of Elk Grove and Citrus Heights.[1]


Steinberg is married to his wife Julie and has two children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Mueller
Sacramento City Council, 6th District
1992 – 1998
Succeeded by
Dave Jones
Preceded by
Deborah Ortiz
California State Assembly, 9th District
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by
Sheila Kuehl
California State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair
2000 – 2002
Succeeded by
Ellen Corbett
Preceded by
Carole Migden
California State Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair
2002 – 2004
Succeeded by
Judy Chu
Preceded by
Deborah Ortiz
California State Senate, 6th District
December 4, 2006
Preceded by
Don Perata
President pro tempore of the California State Senate
November 30, 2008


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