Jerry Hill was elected to the California Senate in November 2012 and took his oath of office in the state Capitol on December 3, 2012.
Senator Hill joined the state Legislature’s upper house with a strong track record of leadership consisting of over 20 years of public service as an elected official. He was the mayor of the city of San Mateo, he served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and he was a member of the state Assembly. While serving in local government he preserved thousands of acres of open space, established one of the state’s first anti-smoking ordinances, expanded health care coverage for over 17,000 children in the county, and created a new homeless shelter in San Mateo County.
Taking office in the Assembly in 2008, he quickly established himself as a thoughtful and dynamic state lawmaker. His legislation signed while in the Assembly saved the state millions of dollars through increased efficiency; improved gas pipeline safety; qualified the state for National Popular Vote; cracked down on repeat DUI offenders, underage drinking on party buses and on retailers who sell tobacco to minors; and brought solar jobs to the region.
While in the Senate, Hill has continued his commitment to the Peninsula through legislation that was signed to ensure access to Martins Beach, increase safety at the PUC and PG&E, limit High-Speed Rail to a blended, primarily two-track system through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, increase oversight of auto shredders whose fires were contaminating Redwood City and surrounding communities, and allow vote-by-mail voters to verify that their ballots were counted.
He serves as the chair of the Senate's Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, the Subcommittee on California’s Innovation, Technology and Life Sciences Economy, and the Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety. He also is a member of several other high-profile Senate committees including Appropriations, Environmental Quality, Governmental Organization, Energy, Utilities and Communications, and the Select Committee on Children with Special Needs, and the Legislature's Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Senator Hill represents the 13th Senate District in the California Legislature. The district includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Woodside and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County and unincorporated Santa Clara County.
Jerry Hill grew up in the Bay Area helping his father run his small business. Hill still owns that business, which provides jobs to local residents. He attended public schools, graduated from UC Berkeley and has a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He and his wife live in San Mateo.