Cathleen Galgiani

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Cathleen Galgiani
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Member of the California State Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded bynew district
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 17th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byBarbara S. Matthews
Succeeded byTom Ammiano (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1964-01-04) January 4, 1964 (age 56)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceStockton, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Sacramento
ProfessionPhysical therapy aide

Cathleen Galgiani (born January 4, 1964) is an American politician who currently serves in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 5th Senate District, which encompasses San Joaquin County, and portions of Stanislaus and Sacramento counties.

Galgiani is a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. Prior to her election to the State Senate in 2012, she served in the California State Assembly, representing the 17th Assembly District. Before her service as an elected official, she was the Chief of Staff to her predecessor, Assemblymember Barbara Matthews.


Galgiani attended San Joaquin Delta College before receiving her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to working in the Legislature, Galgiani spent eight years as a physical therapy aide at San Joaquin General Hospital and Dameron Hospital in San Joaquin County.

Galgiani served as the consultant to the legislative committee on the development of University of California, Merced. She helped secure funding and support for UC Merced to ensure that the university continues to grow as the tenth campus in the University of California system. Galgiani also served as staffer for Pat Johnston, John Garamendi, and Barbara Matthews.

In a 2011 interview with the Stockton Record, Galgiani publicly disclosed that she is gay.[1] In so doing, she became the eighth openly LGBT currently-serving member of the California Legislature,[2] alongside Speaker Toni Atkins (D–San Diego), Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D–Riverside), Susan Eggman (D–Stockton), Todd Gloria (D–San Diego) and Evan Low (D–Campbell), as well as Senators Ricardo Lara (D–Bell Gardens) and Scott Wiener (D–San Francisco).

Galgiani was first elected to the State Senate after narrowly defeating Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill on November 6, 2012.[3] In 2016, she won a second term, defeating Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi.[4]

In 2018 Galgiani ran for the California Board of Equalization, to represent the 2nd district, but finished in 3rd place in the primaries, 1.2% behind second place, which eliminated her from the general election.


  1. ^ "Galgiani says she's gay". The Record (Stockton). November 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani says she is gay". Sacramento Bee. November 1, 2011. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Sanders, Jim (November 22, 2012). "Galgiani defeats Berryhill in 5th District Senate race". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "Statement of Vote - November 8, 2016, General Election" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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