Ellen Corbett

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Ellen Corbett
Senator Ellen M Corbett CA10.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 10th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byLiz Figueroa
Succeeded byBob Wieckowski
Majority Leader of the California Senate
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byDean Florez
Succeeded byBill Monning
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 18th district
In office
December 7, 1998 – December 6, 2004
Preceded byMichael Sweeney
Succeeded byJohan Klehs
Personal details
Born (1954-12-31) December 31, 1954 (age 65)
Oakland, California
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenRyan Boehme
ResidenceSan Leandro
Alma materMcGeorge School of Law
University of California, Davis
California State University, East Bay
College professor

Ellen Marie Corbett (born December 31, 1954) is an American Democratic politician from the San Francisco Bay Area. She served in the California State Senate, representing the 10th District, which included San Leandro, Hayward, Pleasanton, Union City, Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, and part of San Jose. She was the Senate Majority Leader.

Ellen Corbett was elected to the California State Assembly in the 1998, and served there until 2004, when she was termed out. She served as a San Leandro councilperson and was the first woman in the city's history directly elected as mayor. Corbett served as Mayor of San Leandro from 1994 to 1998. Corbett has worked as an attorney, community college professor and civic activist.[2] In 2016, Corbett was elected as a Board Member of the East Bay Regional Park District.[3]

Corbett attended Chabot Community College and California State University, East Bay. She graduated from the University of California, Davis and McGeorge Law School.[4]

Corbett lives in San Leandro, California.[5]

Senate 10th District[edit]

The 10th District encompasses the southern part of the East Bay, located directly south of California's 9th State Senate district. As such, it includes the southern half of Alameda County and a portion of Santa Clara County.

2011 redistricting[edit]

After redistricting in 2011 by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the new 10th district now includes 40.7% of Alameda County and 17.4% of Santa Clara County. Cities in the district include Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, and Santa Clara. The new boundaries will take effect in the 2014 election for the district, which Corbett is ineligible to run in due to term limits.

2014 US Congressional elections[edit]

Corbett termed out of the state senate seat in 2014. In February 2013, addressing the possibility of her running for Eric Swalwell's seat in the US House of Representatives 15th congressional district, Corbett said "I would be honored to serve in [the United States] Congress, but it’s too early to discuss 2014."[6]

After the 2013 legislative session, Corbett began campaigning against Swalwell, with the support of Pete Stark, who Swalwell defeated in 2012.[7] However, she finished in third by 0.5% to Hugh Bussell, a technology manager/educator from Livermore, also in the race. Swalwell finished in the lead with almost 50 percent of the vote.

Legislative positions[edit]

Corbett has passed legislation to provide students with more information on student loan options, provide safeguards for car purchasers, and protect California homeowners who suffered during the nationwide housing crisis.[2]

She has received an 87% rating from Clean Water Action California in 2012, and a 99% lifetime rating from the California League of Conservation Voters.[8]

Corbett has publicly advocated for restoring of full funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2012 U.S. Farm Bill, which had proposed cuts to the program.[9]

Legislative honors[edit]

In 2008, Corbett was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California and an Outstanding Legislator by the California State Sheriff’s Association.[10] She has received honors from the California Labor Federation, the Consumer Federation of California, the American Cancer Society, the California Congress of Seniors, the Sierra Club of California,[11] the Environmental Working Group, the California League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action California, and the Hindu American Foundation.[12]


  1. ^ "Senator Ellen Corbett Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1954-12-31. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  2. ^ a b "Biography | Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett". Sd10.senate.ca.gov. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  3. ^ "Alameda: Environmentalist Siden retires from East Bay parks board". East Bay Times. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  4. ^ "UC Santa Cruz | Advocacy, Community, and Government Relations". Santacruz.www.ucforcalifornia.org. 1954-12-31. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  5. ^ "EBRPD - Board of Directors". www.ebparks.org. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  6. ^ "Potential House rivals to share podium at dinner". Archived from the original on 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  7. ^ http://www.rollcall.com/news/starks_revenge_bad_blood_lingers_with_former_foe-229233-1.html
  8. ^ "Senator Ellen Corbett Political Summary - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Commissioner Senator Ellen Corbett
  11. ^ Biography, Senator Ellen M. Corbett
  12. ^ "Environment | Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett". Sd10.senate.ca.gov. Archived from the original on 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-06-21.

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Michael Sweeney
California State Assembly, 18th District
Succeeded by
Johan Klehs
Political offices
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairwoman
Succeeded by
Dave Jones
California Senate
Preceded by
Liz Figueroa
California State Senate, 10th District
Succeeded by
Bob Wieckowski