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Marc Berman


Assembly Democrat

District 23, Palo Alto

Time in office

Assembly: 2016—Present


Councilmember / Education Advocate

Campaign contributions

Assemblymember Marc Berman has taken at least $892,000 from the Labor sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 22% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

Capitol Office, 1021 O Street, Suite 8130
P.O. Box 942849-0023; (916) 319-2023

District office(s)

721 Colorado Ave, Suite 101, Palo Alto, CA 94303; (650) 324-0224

Biographical information

Birth Place

Dallas, TX




Menlo Park, CA




October 31, 1980

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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

Campaign contributions received by sector

OpenSecrets and CalMatters have categorized campaign contributions to legislators based on the economic sector that the donor represents. Methodology →

This is how much money Marc Berman has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
$892,113 $892k 22%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$658,113 $658k 16%
$323,550 $323k 8%
General Business
$293,750 $293k 7%
Communications & Electronics
$242,901 $242k 6%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$196,271 $196k 5%
Ideology/Single Issue
$147,198 $147k 4%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$109,066 $109k 3%
$102,500 $102k 3%
Energy & Natural Resources
$87,750 $87k 2%
$58,020 $58k 1%
$38,440 $38k <1%
Candidate Contributions
$21,676 $21k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$8,577 $8k <1%
$3,500 $3k <1%
Note: The above percentages might not add up to exactly 100% because we are not displaying any contributions that have not yet been classified.

Committees this legislator serves on

Being on a policy committee means the legislator works on these issues by considering bills relevant to the policy topic. The committee “chair” , chosen by the chamber leader, oversees the discussions of these bills. Members also serve on additional special, select, joint and sub committees, which can be found here.

Business and Professions (Chair)
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Bills involving new regulatory entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs; elimination of regulatory entities within the DCA; health care professional licensing; Veterinarian licensing; Occupational licensing; Vocational education; Department of General Services; Product labeling
Governmental Organization
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Bills involving alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters.
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Bills including insurance (excluding health insurance), workers compensation, and unemployment compensation.
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Bills involving high speed rail, California Highway Patrol, California Transportation Commission, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation (Caltrans), driver’s licenses, freight, regional transportation agencies, transit authorities, intercity rail, mobile sources of air pollution, rules of the road, state highways, local streets and roads, vehicles, aircraft, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and vessels.

How special interest groups rate this legislator

Special interest groups are organizations that advocate on behalf of shared interests, such as protecting the environment. Many interest groups rate politicians on how well their voting records agree with each group's goals. See a selection of these ratings for this legislator. Methodology →

American Civil Liberties Union
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The ACLU has major chapters in Northern California and Southern California and advocates on criminal justice, free speech and other issues.
California Chamber of Commerce
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The California Chamber of Commerce includes an advocacy arm for employers. It says it has more than 14,000 members representing a quarter of the state’s private sector workforce, and it issues an annual “job killer” list of bills.
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
California Labor Federation
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The California Labor Federation is an umbrella organization for more than 1,200 labor unions representing 2.1 million workers in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
California Teachers Association
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The California Teachers Association is a labor organization representing teachers and other employees at K-12 schools and community colleges. With 310,000 members, it is the largest affiliate of the National Education Association.
Courage California
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Courage California is a progressive advocacy organization seeking policy change on issues including equity, representative democracy and institutional corruption.
Equality California
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Equality California says it has more than 900,000 members and is the largest statewide organization of its kind. It advocates for equal rights and other issues of concern to the LGBTQ community.
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association advocates for limited taxation and for the “economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.” It was founded by Howard and Estelle Jarvis, who championed Proposition 13 in 1978, California’s landmark property tax limit.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California represents seven affiliates that run more than 100 health centers serving more than 750,000 patients a year. It advocates on sexual and reproductive health care and education, and access to health care, including abortion.
Sierra Club
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The Sierra Club has 13 chapters with more than 400,000 members in California and advocates on environmental and climate change issues.

Sponsored travel in 2022

Gifts reported in 2022

Assembly District 23 demographics

Assembly District 23 map

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2024

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Voter registration

No party

Census data on race/ethnicity, household income, age, poverty rate, and education level will be provided when available.

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Most recent election

2022 General

Marc Berman (Incumbent)


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CalMatters coverage about this legislator

She lost her financial aid while homeless. A bill on Newsom's desk could help students like her

By Adam Echelman, September 28, 2023

California Republicans take center stage for 2024 election

By Lynn La, September 28, 2023

Why California public transit is at a pivotal moment

By Sameea Kamal, April 5, 2023

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