Jerry Hill (politician)

Gerald A. "Jerry" Hill (born April 18, 1947) is an American politician who served in the California State Senate as a Democrat. He represented the 13th Senate District which encompasses the San Francisco Peninsula and portions of Silicon Valley.

Jerry Hill
Jerry Hill 2006.jpg
Hill in 2006
Member of the California State Senate
from the 13th district
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2020
Preceded byElaine Alquist (redistricted)
Succeeded byJosh Becker
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
In office
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byGene Mullin
Succeeded byPhil Ting
Member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors from the 2nd District
In office
December 7, 1998 – December 1, 2008
Succeeded byCarole Groom
Mayor of San Mateo
In office
San Mateo City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1947-04-18) April 18, 1947 (age 74)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sky Hill
ResidenceSan Mateo, California
Alma materCollege of San Mateo
University of California, Berkeley (BA)
San Francisco State University (MA)
ProfessionAdjunct professor

Prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2012, Hill served in the California State Assembly representing the 19th Assembly District. Before serving in the Legislature, he was a member of the San Mateo City Council, where he served one term as Mayor. He also served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Jerry Hill graduated from Balboa High School in San Francisco. Hill attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He later received a secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Hill went to work with his father in the family's swimming pool business.

In the 1980s, Hill became president of his local homeowner's association, which led him to joining the battle to prevent mid-rise buildings from being constructed in downtown San Mateo. In 1991, he led a successful campaign for a seat on the San Mateo City Council.

San Mateo City Council (1991-1998)Edit

During Hill’s tenure on the San Mateo City Council, he authored a City of San Mateo ordinance that regulated the sale of tobacco and restricted smoking in public places.[citation needed] While a member of the city council and as Mayor of San Mateo, Hill also served as a board member for San Mateo Transit District (SamTrans)[2] and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Caltrain). Hill served a term as mayor in 1994[3]

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1998-2008)Edit

Elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1998, Hill worked with stakeholders to establish a new homeless shelter for the county that was farther from local neighborhoods, yet more accessible for the people who depend on the services.[citation needed] Hill also led the charge to expand the Children’s Health Initiative so 17,000 children would get the health care they needed by leading health care leaders to explore the funding mechanism of the county’s nonprofits without any additional cost to the average taxpayer.[citation needed] While serving on the California Air Resources Board, Hill worked to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources while preserving the economic stability of the state and as chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Hill has tightened anti-pollution rules[citation needed][4]

California State Assembly (2008-2012)Edit

Despite a strong showing by Millbrae Mayor Gina Papan, daughter of former Assembly Member Lou Papan, and Richard Holober, President of the San Mateo County Community College Board and consumer advocate, Hill won the Democratic primary for California's 19th State Assembly district in June 2008.[citation needed] The primary is often tantamount to election for the highly Democratic district.[citation needed]

In the November 2008 general election, Hill earned 73 percent of the vote against Republican Catherine Brinkman's 23 percent.[5] Hill succeeded South San Francisco Democratic Assembly member Gene Mullin, who had been termed-out of office. Hill was re-elected in 2010 with a similar percentage of the vote.[6]

California State Senate (2012-2020)Edit

Jerry Hill announced his campaign for the California State Senate after the California Citizen's Redistricting Commission released the new map of the 13th District.[citation needed]

In the June 2012 primary election, Hill finished first among four competitors, with 51% of the vote.[7]

In 2015, Hill held a public hearing on the measures utilities were taking against forest fires. Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric said they prevent reclosers from automatically restoring power in fire season. Pacific Gas and Electric said it could do this but it would increase power outages.[8]


Hill has been recognized by the California Healthcare Institute which named him its Legislator of the Year. Hill has also received recognition from the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS, TechNet, TechAmerica, California State Sheriffs Association, and California Small Business Association. He has received 100% voting records from LGBT community, California Labor Federation, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Consumer Federation of California, Congress of California Seniors, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood.[9]

The California Clean Money Action Fund named Jerry Hill "Clean Money Champion" for "his leadership in pushing for real reform".[10]


  1. ^ "Assembly Democratic Caucus". Assembly Democratic Caucus.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Error".
  3. ^ "Voter Information for Jerry Hill. June 3, 2008 Election".
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  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2016-04-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Power-line restart device scrutinized". San Francisco Chronicle. November 2, 2017. p. A10.
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  10. ^ "California Clean Money Action Fund".

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