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Scott Thomas Wilk
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 21st district
|Assumed office |
December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Sharon Runner|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 38th district
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Cameron Smyth|
|Succeeded by||Dante Acosta|
|Born||March 16, 1959|
|Spouse(s)||Vanessa Safoyan Wilk|
|Residence||Santa Clarita, California|
|Alma mater||California State University, Bakersfield|
Scott Thomas Wilk, Sr. (born March 16, 1959) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 21st district, encompassing Antelope Valley, Victor Valley, and most of the Santa Clarita Valley. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served two terms in the State Assembly. He was also a College of the Canyons trustee.
Wilk earned his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Bakersfield. He 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.
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.
2014 California State Assembly
|Republican||Scott Wilk (incumbent)||32,550||66.9|
|Democratic||Jorge Salomon Fuentes||16,082||33.1|
|Republican||Scott Wilk (incumbent)||63,249||66.3|
|Democratic||Jorge Salomon Fuentes||32,095||33.7|
Scott serves as vice chair of the Senate committees on Education, Rules, Agriculture and Governmental Organization. He is also a member of the committees on Business, Professions and Economic Development; Rules and Veterans Affairs.
Prior elected office
Wilk was elected to represent the 38th Assembly District on November 5, 2012. He received 56.9% of the vote. Wilk was re-elected in 2014 and received 66.3% of the vote. While in the Assembly he served on the following committees: Budget Committee (Sub 4 - State Administration), the Governmental Organization Committee, and the Joint Committee on Arts.
While in the Assembly, Wilk was the principal co-author of the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. The $330 million a year tax credit has rejuvenated film and TV production in the state. He also co-authored a $420 million tax incentive that helped land a $60 billion aerospace contract expected to create 6,500 new jobs in the High Desert. In 2014, Scott was selected by the non-partisan, non-profit State Legislative Leaders Foundation to attend the 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.