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Senator Darrell Steinberg is the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate.

Representing the capital city of Sacramento in the Senate since 2006, he became Senate leader in 2008 at the beginning of the economic downturn when the state faced an unprecedented $42 billion deficit. Two years later, he was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award by the Kennedy Library Foundation in recognition of his leadership in bipartisan negotiations leading to the state’s fiscal recovery.

Steinberg was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “13 to Watch in 2013,” as his political acumen in key 2012 Senate campaigns resulted in the first two-thirds Democratic “supermajority” in the California Legislature in more than 100 years.

Beginning as a State Assemblyman in 1998, Steinberg earned a reputation for being unafraid to confront seemingly intractable problems. His efforts at mediation and consensus-building have led to bipartisan agreements in protecting California’s water supply, establishing landmark local development guidelines to combat urban sprawl and reduce greenhouse gases, streamlining regulations while maintaining vital protections for state residents and the environment, and fostering reform to improve outcomes in public education, higher education and mental health services.

Steinberg is a Northern California native, earning a BA in economics from UCLA and a JD from UC Davis Law School. He has served as an employee rights attorney, an Administrative Law Judge and mediator. Steinberg also served on the Sacramento City Council from 1992 to 1998. Steinberg and his wife Julie have two children - a daughter, Jordana, and a son, Ari.

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Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Nicolas Berggruen is the founder of the Berggruen Institute on Governance and chairman of Think Long for California. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is the outgoing president pro tempore of the California state senate and author of SB 1253.

SACRAMENTO, Calif -- In the wake of an election where experts projected record-low...

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California Compromise a Lesson for Congress

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Dysfunctional. Obstructionist. Petty partisanship.

The descriptions being slapped onto Congress in the wake of the federal government shutdown should be familiar to Californians. They're some of the same labels hung on California lawmakers five years ago, when the state Legislature was gridlocked in the face of financial ruin.


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Breaking the Bottleneck for College Students

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:44 PM

When my contemporaries reminisce about their college days, most focus fondly on the experience of invigorating intellectual challenges coupled with those exciting times of newfound independence. For many of our kids embarking on this journey today, the memories are shaping-up differently; anger and frustration at being denied a seat in...

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Expanding Mental Health Services -- a National Model That Works

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Two days after the school shooting in Newtown, the number of Google searches for mental health peaked to a 12 month high. The country is finally talking about mental health care. Connected and unconnected to Newtown, leaders exclaim that we must do something. Yet with some notable exceptions, the discussion...

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