|Member of the California State Senate
from the 23rd district
37th district (2010–2012)
June 9, 2010 – December 1, 2013
|Preceded by||John J. Benoit|
|Succeeded by||Mike Morrell|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 63rd district
December 6, 2004 – June 9, 2010
|Preceded by||Bob Dutton|
|Succeeded by||Mike Morrell|
October 28, 1945 |
|Alma mater||La Sierra University (B.A.)
Loma Linda University (D.D.S., M.S.)
William "Bill" Emmerson (born October 28, 1945) was a Republican California State Senator who represented the 23rd district in Riverside County. He previously represented the 37th Senate District, having been elected in a June 8, 2010, special election and sworn into office the next day. He was previously the California State Assemblyman representing District 63 in the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, having been first elected in November 2004.
Early life and education
Born in Oakland, California, his family moved to Orange County when his father opened a dental practice in Corona Del Mar, then moved again to Riverside County, where he attended high school.
Emmerson received a B.A. degree in history and political science from La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He then studied public administration at American University in Washington, D.C., while working as an aide for Congressman Jerry Pettis. Emmerson moved back to California and joined the staff of the Assembly Minority Leader W. Craig Biddle, where he worked from 1969 to 1974 while also continuing his post graduate studies at California State University, Sacramento.
He then enrolled in The School of Dentistry of Loma Linda University. Upon graduating with his D.D.S. (1980) and M.S. (1982) degrees, Emmerson embarked upon a 26-year orthodontic practice in Hemet, where he established roots dating back to 1955, before entering politics. Additionally, Dr. Emmerson participated in post graduate research at
Emmerson helped to establish the dental hygiene program at Riverside Community College and to rehabilitate Redlands Fire Station 1, and served on the alumni association of Loma Linda University. He is active in the Kiwanis Club of Hemet, and he serves as a board member on the Ramona Bowl Advisory Board and as a volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Redlands and Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Bill and his wife, Nan, have two daughters, Kate and Caroline.
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