Loni Hancock

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Loni Hancock

Template:TOCnestleft Loni Hancock is a California State Senator.

Loni Hancock has spent nearly "four decades as a forceful advocate for open government, educational reform, environmental protection, economic development, and social justice". Prior to her election to the California State Senate in 2008, she served three terms in the California State Assembly (14th District). She also was the first woman elected mayor of the City of Berkeley (1986-1994), the Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation, and served in both the Carter and Clinton Administrations.

Senator Hancock currently represents the 9th State Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Pablo.[1]


Born and raised in New York, Loni Hancock received her BA from Ithaca College in 1963 and her MA from the Wright Institute in 1978. She moved to Berkeley in 1964, where she lives today with her husband, Mayor Tom Bates.[2]

Bay Area supports Siegel

Mike Siegel is coming to town on June 15 2019 for an event to build support for his congressional campaign in the Texas 10th Congressional District.

The event for Siegel, an Oakland native, is hosted by Guy Saperstein and Jeanine Saperstein, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport and actor and activist Danny Glover.

Siegel’s father, Dan Siegel, is an Oakland civil rights attorney and former Oakland School Board member who ran for mayor in 2014.

A progressive Democrat, Siegel has spent 20 years in public service as a school teacher and civil rights lawyer. In 2018, as the Democratic nominee in TX-10, Siegel garnered national publicity when he successfully pushed Waller County to reverse vote suppression policies that threatened the voting rights of students at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU.

Other Bay Area supporters of Mike Siegel include Sen. Loni Hancock (ret.), Anne Butterfield Weills , Dan Siegel, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), Paul Kranz, Sal Rosselli, Gay Plair Cobb, Walter Riley, Marc van der Hout and Jody LeWitter.

“I am grateful for the broad base of support we have received in our campaign to flip this seat. Through the 2018 election I narrowed the Republican incumbent’s advantage from 19 percent to 4 percent, running on a progressive platform including demands for universal healthcare, just taxation, an end to the War on Drugs, and a Green New Deal. Now, the Texas 10th is a national battleground district, and I am running again to finish the job.”[3]

Government reform

Since entering the California State Legislature, Senator Hancock has vigorously championed government reform. In 2009-10, she chaired the Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee. She introduced two major Senate Constitutional Amendments aimed at reducing gridlock and increasing the effectiveness of the California State Legislature: SCA 5 would have replaced the 2/3 vote formerly required to pass a budget with a simple majority vote and SCA 24 would change California’s term limits requirement so experienced legislators are available to solve the difficult problems facing California.

As an Assemblymember, Senator Hancock authored AB 583 – the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act – which sought to reform campaign financing by providing full public financing for statewide elections. AB 583 establishes a pilot project to make public financing available to candidates for Secretary of State so they can wage competitive campaigns without soliciting money from special interests.[4]


Senator Hancock has sustained a strong commitment to environmental protection throughout her career. As a member of the Berkeley City Council, she successfully worked to preserve the Berkeley Marina from development and protect local wildlife.

While in the Assembly, Senator Hancock served as Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources. In this role, she led efforts to pass historic environmental legislation that would protect open space, expand recycling, and promote healthy city-infill strategies.[5]


As head of the Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, Hancock launched after-school, early reading preparation, college preparedness, and other initiatives. She helped schools in California receive millions of dollars in federal education funding.

As a member of the Assembly and Senate Committees on Education, Senator Hancock fought against tuition increases, elimination of outreach programs, and deep cuts to community college, CSU and UC budgets.

Senator Hancock has authored legislation that greatly expands school-to-career education for California’s high school students. She strongly believes in career academies because they keep young people in school, and better prepares them for college and for real jobs in the new economy. Senator Hancock currently chairs the Select Committee on Workforce Development, School Environment, and Student Wellness. [6]

Rebuild America conference

Greeting Chris Hani

Eight hundred people filled the ballroom of the Hyatt regency Embarcadero Hotel, Sunday April 28, 1991 to greet South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. the crowd contributed more than $12,000 towards the People's Weekly World fund drive and the work of the South African Communist Party.

Hani was greeted with resolutions of support from Assembly speaker Willie Brown, San Francisco mayor Art Agnos, Oakland mayor Elihu Harris, Richmond mayor George Livingston, Berkeley mayor Loni Hancock, and Doris Ward, chair of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Co-chairs of the banquet were were Angela Davis and Ignacio de la Fuente of the Moulders Union.

Davis, introducing Hani said he "symbolizes a courageous, unrelenting struggle for freedom".[7]

Socialist help

One time Democratic Socialists of America member Nancy Skinner coordinated Loni Hancock's 2002 State Assembly campaign. [8]

Supporting Sandre Swanson

In 2006, Loni Hancock, Assemblymember , was one of many prominent Northern California leftists to serve on State Assembly hopeful Sandre Swanson's Honorary Campaign Committee.[9]

2007 arrest

Hancock arrested

State Assemblymember Loni Hancock, City Councilmember Kriss Worthington and Father Stephan of St. Joseph the Worker Church were among the 38 people arrested in front of the Woodfin Suites Hotel Thursday, committing civil disobedience to show support for 12 hotel workers fired April 27, 2007.

More than 300 worker advocates rallied as 38 supporters sat in the street in front of the hotel at 5900 Shellmound St. in Emeryville, according to Brooke Anderson, organizer with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy. The workers and their supporters have been demanding that the hotel enforce Measure C, a living wage law for Emeryville hotel workers that mandates overtime rates when workers clean more than a set amount of space. [10]



In 2017 Loni Hancock was a member of the BAMN public Facebook group.

State Senate staff

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Capitol office