Scott Wilk

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Scott Thomas Wilk
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 38th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Cameron Smyth
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Vanessa Safoyan Wilk
Children Two
Residence Santa Clarita, California
Alma mater California State University, Bakersfield
Occupation Businessman, Public Affairs Consultant

Scott Thomas Wilk, Sr. (born March 16, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 38th district, encompassing Simi Valley, the northern section of the San Fernando Valley, and most of the Santa Clarita Valley. He currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Republican Caucus. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a College of the Canyons trustee.

Background[edit]

Wilk earned his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Wilk completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation and he served on the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee. He is a member of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Granada Hills Rotary Club.

California State Assembly[edit]

Wilk was elected to represent the 38th Assembly District on November 5, 2012. He received 56.9% of the vote.[1][2] Wilk was re-elected in 2014 and received 66.3% of the vote.

During his first term in office, Scott quickly established himself as a results-oriented leader and was appointed as Republican Caucus Chair for the Assembly Republican Caucus Leadership Team. The Caucus Chair is the number-two position in the Republican leadership structure and Caucus Chair assists the Leader in overseeing caucus operations, advancing the Republican policy agenda, and achieving the Caucus’ legislative goals.

Additional committees Wilk has been assigned to include: Budget Committee (Sub 4 - State Administration), the Governmental Organization Committee, the Business and Professions Committee and the Joint Committee on Arts.

Keeping jobs in California is a high priority for Wilk and he played an important role in the passage of Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. California’s film tax credit will be increased to $330 million a year for five years beginning with fiscal year 2015-16 and replaces the currently lottery system with a more competitive and accountable system.

To ensure greater accountability from non-elected bureaucrats, Wilk authored AB 1707 which will require the State Water Resources Control Board to post scientific peer reviews on its website as it relates to communities having to comply with TMDL standards. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Scott has been a vocal advocate for government transparency in the election process, which is why he authored AB 2551 to establish a minimum standard of transparency for the fiscal analysis of local bond measures that is very similar to what the LAO already does for state General Obligation bond measures.

In 2014, Scott was selected by the non-partisan, non-profit State Legislative Leaders Foundation to attend the prestigious Emerging Leaders Program held at the University of Virginia. The program is geared toward newer legislators that show promise as future legislative leaders, Scott was the only legislator selected from California.

Committee membership[edit]

For the 2015-16 Legislative Session, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins named Scott as Vice Chairman of the new Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. This brand new committee will have jurisdiction over all aspects of privacy from Internet media to consumer retail information to electronic medical records as well as other issues in the broader field of technology: the security of data, protection of personal information, information technology generally, and even California’s own Department of Technology. The committee will also be responsible for legislation related to false advertising, product labeling and consumer protection generally.

Additional committees Wilk has been assigned to include: Budget Committee (Sub 4 - State Administration), the Governmental Organization Committee, the Business and Professions Committee and the Joint Committee on Arts. [3]

Prior elected office[edit]

Wilk was appointed to the Santa Clarita College District Board of Trustees on August 23, 2006. He was re-elected in November 2007 and November 2011. He also worked as a small business owner, ran a communications firm, and was a former legislative staffer.[4]

Personal[edit]

Scott and his wife, Vanessa, reside in Santa Clarita and have been married for 29 years[when?]. They have two adult children.

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