Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Perata, Don
NameDon Perata
Oakland, California , United States
Born April 30, 1945 (75 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 09, 2017 10:39pm
Tags Italian - Catholic -
InfoDon Perata was elected to the State Senate in 1998 to represent a vibrant and culturally rich East Bay district which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and El Sobrante.

The 55-year-old Democrat -- a former two-term Alameda County Supervisor, State Assemblymember, and longtime public school teacher -- has advocated for cleaner and better-equipped school classrooms, better pay for teachers, school accountability, and additional funding to improve student performance. He has also fought for greater access to health care, an overhaul of urban transportation to reduce traffic congestion, cleaner water, increased fines for corporate polluters, and gun control.

A life-long Alameda County resident, Perata was the first local legislator to organize a ban on assault weapons. His twelve-year effort was finally realized when, as a State Senator, he wrote the strongest assault weapons law in the nation.

In the area of education, Perata has focused on reforming troubled urban schools by securing state funding for experts to create plans for reorganization and improvement, and to provide oversight. He has organized local efforts to bring parents into schools to evaluate progress, and spearheaded efforts to clean and revitalize dilapidated school sites. He has authored legislation to increase teacher salaries when teachers undergo additional training and accept additional responsibilities, and to provide incentives for teachers to come to and stay in urban school districts. He is currently author of a bill to increase funding for intensive, proven reading programs to improve student scores.

A long-time advocate of economic development and revitalization efforts, Perata also supports programs aimed at preparing tomorrow´┐Żs graduates for jobs in the "New Economy," through local school-to-career endeavors and training programs.

Perata has also carried legislation to remove the dangerous additive MTBE from gasoline, and pushed for consumer labeling of gas pumps. He is a strong proponent of funding for public transportation, and secured $12 million for Bay Area ferry service to reduce congestion on freeways. He supported the state transportation bond and has authored measures to improve Bay Area congestion planning. He is also a strong proponent for more parks and open space: during his four-year tenure in the State Legislature, he has secured some $13 million for urban park projects in the East Bay. This year, Perata authored legislation to impose higher penalties on corporate polluters, and to make it easier for state officials to prevent oil spills in the Bay and along the state's coast.

As a State Assemblyman, he secured $27 million for ovarian and prostate cancer research and co-wrote a law that requires annual state funding for these diseases. He is author of laws requiring health plans to cover cancer detection tests, reduce the time health plans can take to approve or deny health care services, and require that decisions to deny care be made by health care providers - not accountants. He also co-drafted a law that requires HMOs and insurers to provide the same coverage for mental illness that is provided for physical illness. Recently, he authored legislation to provide mental health services to mentally ill juvenile offenders, to make it easier for seniors to get prescription drug coverage under Medi-Cal, and to increase access to substance abuse treatment.


Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
May 21, 2007 11:00am News Perata seeks overhaul of fiscal system  Article CBlock941 
Mar 17, 2007 02:00pm News Via dis or discipline, Perata shows strong hand in Capitol  Article Patrick 
Dec 16, 2004 12:00am Scandal Feds seize records at home of state Senate leader's son  Article Patrick 
Nov 20, 2004 12:00am News Perata probe includes family, friend  Article Patrick 

Importance? 6.00000 Average


  11/02/2010 Oakland Mayor Lost 31.40% (-1.23%)
  12/06/2006 Senate President Pro Tempore Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 CA State Senate 09 Won 77.09% (+61.55%)
  08/24/2004 CA Senate President Pro Tempore Won 43.33% (+3.33%)
  03/02/2004 CA State Senate 09 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/06/2003 Senate Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2000 CA State Senate 09 Won 83.34% (+71.88%)
  11/03/1998 CA State Senate 09 - Special Election Won 77.15% (+60.99%)
  11/03/1998 CA State Assembly 16 Won 80.33% (+60.66%)
  09/01/1998 CA State Senate 09 - Special Election Primary Won 33.16% (+1.43%)
  11/05/1996 CA State Assembly 16 Won 78.28% (+56.57%)
  06/07/1994 CA Controller - D Primary Lost 27.27% (-21.22%)
CA - District 15 - Nov 06, 2012 D Eric Swalwell
Proposition 19 - Legalizes Marijuana Under California but not Federal Law - Nov 02, 2010 YES Yes
CA Insurance Commissioner - D Primary - Jun 08, 2010 D Hector De La Torre
CA Proposition 93 - Soften Term Limits for State Legislators - Feb 05, 2008 YES Yes
CA State Assembly 55 - Special Election Primary - Dec 11, 2007 D Mike Gipson
CA State Assembly 06 - D Primary - Jun 06, 2006 D Jared W. Huffman
CA District 11 - D Primary - Jun 06, 2006 D Steve Filson