William Jules "Bill" Filante (October 22, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY – December 9, 1992 in Terra Linda, San Rafael, CA) was an American physician and politician from California and member of the Republican Party.
Filante first won election to the Marin-Sonoma based 9th district in the California State Assembly in 1978 by defeating Democratic incumbent Mike Wornum. Thanks to his moderate voting record, Filante became a pro at winning crossover votes, enough to hold his left-leaning seat with relative ease for 7 terms. He left the Assembly in 1992 to run for Congress
Filante made a run for the Marin county-based 6th Congressional district being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer, who was running for the United States Senate. Even though the 6th District was heavily Democratic, Filante had represented a large chunk of it in the state legislature for 14 years and tried to parlay his moderate reputation into a win. However, just before the start of the campaign, Filante underwent brain surgery and spent most of the race recuperating. Fellow GOP assemblywoman Bev Hansen often served as his surrogate. In the end, Democrat Lynn Woolsey won handily. Filante died of a brain tumor later that December.
|1978||California State Assembly
|Michael Wornum||46,485||43.4%||Bill Filante||55,304||51.7%|
|1980||California State Assembly
|Anne Charles||59,786||45.2%||Bill Filante||67,603||51.1%|
|1982||California State Assembly
|Paul Chignell||55,035||44.9%||Bill Filante||67,619||55.1%|
|1984||California State Assembly
|Paul Chignell||63,867||43.4%||Bill Filante||83,402||56.6%|
|1986||California State Assembly
|Joanna Willman||53,553||45.1%||Bill Filante||65,154||54.9%|
|1988||California State Assembly
|Francis Parnell||65,065||43.5%||Bill Filante||84,661||56.5%|
|1990||California State Assembly
|Vivien Bronshvag||52,659||42.5%||Bill Filante||63,672||51.4%|
|1992||U.S House of Representatives
|Lynn Woolsey||190,322||66%||Bill Filante||98,171||34%|
- Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "William J. Filante, Republican". JoinCalifornia.com. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- California Journal Vol. XXIII, No.7 (July 1992) "Complete Primary Results". StateNet Publications, July 1992.
- JoinCalifornia, Election History for the State of California
|California State Assembly, 9th District