Bob Wieckowski for State Senate 2014

Who am I?

Protecting working families and consumers are Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski ‘s top priorities. First as a Fremont City Councilmember and now in the California Assembly, Bob is fighting to reduce income inequality, put people back to work in California, and make college more affordable.

Bob introduced his Made in California program in 2011. This bi-partisan program is already expanding California manufacturing, investment in biotechnology research, access to workforce training, and hiring tax credits for small businesses. In recognition of his longstanding record supporting small businesses, Bob received the highest possible summa cum laude score from the California Small Business Association.

As a member of the Select Committees on Biotechnology, High Technology, and Job Creation for the new Economy, Bob is a leader in promoting clean technologies to protect our environment and create new local jobs. TechAmerica, a leading U.S. technology trade association, named Bob its California Legislator of the Year in 2014 for his continued championing of California as the world’s innovation center.

Working with Silicon Valley companies, Bob has crafted internet privacy protections and recently introduced legislation to prohibit the harassment and intimidation of women through “revenge porn” on the internet.

Bob chairs the Assembly Judiciary Committee where he introduced the Students’ Bill of Rights, legislation to address the student loan debt crisis and require accountability at for-profit colleges. Bob’s legislation required for-profit colleges to meet performance standards for graduation rates and student loan default rates in order to be eligible for Cal Grant funds. The Governor incorporated Bob’s bill into his budget, resulting in a savings of $55 million for the state. In the same budget, spending on California’s community colleges and universities was increased by $125 million. Other bills in the package increase student financial literacy through entrance and exit debt counseling and prohibit wage garnishment on outstanding student debt.

Currently, Bob represents the 25th Assembly District covering southern Alameda County and portions of Santa Clara County. He is a small business owner and a bankruptcy attorney, and he has helped hundreds of families and seniors persevere through economic hardship, keep their homes and live with dignity. He received his B.A. from the University of California and his J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School.

Bob lives in Fremont with his long-time partner Sue Lemke and her youngest son Luke.

Why am I running?

I have represented the 25th Assembly District, as well as the 20th District(before re-districting) for the last four years.

In that time, the Legislature has successfully passed legislation securing more funding for our state's colleges and universities, protecting seniors from abuse, protecting a woman's right to choose, protecting marriage equality, ensuring sensible gun control, and restoring a balanced budget.

California is on the economic upswing, and we are headed in the right direction in reaching progressive goals.

I hope you'll stand with me as we continue to fight for world-class education for our children, good paying jobs of the future, and protections for our working families.

My Goals

1) Education- This is the most effective tool against income inequality. In order to be competitive in a global economy, we must have a prepared and well-trained labor force. It is important that we re-invest in our public education system and our world-class colleges and universities so that we maintain our state and country’s global leadership in not only manufacturing, but in the creation and maintenance of a world-class workforce.

I authored the Student Bill of Rights that would ease the burden of student loan debt. I also was a proud co-author of the Middle Class Scholarship, which has cut the cost of going to college by 2/3 for working-class families.

I supported the California DREAM Act so that every student, regardless of where they were born, has a shot at the American Dream.

2) Working to Create Jobs- Small Businesses are the backbone of the district’s local economies. In the Assembly, I authored legislation that would aid small businesses hit by the recession by expanding the tax hiring tax credit program to minority-owned businesses. I also authored legislation that would exempt manufacturing equipment.

3) Protecting our Identity- Consumers need increased protection from the large data breaches that are occurring across the country. By improving the way sensitive information is retained and how consumers are alerted when breaches occur, my bill AB 1710 will better protect customers' personal information.

My DFA Values

As the only candidate in this race officially endorsed by the California Democratic Party, I have a proven record for advancing progressive values.

All my life- as a student activist at UC Berkeley, a staffer for progressive champion Congressman Don Edwards, a bankruptcy attorney, and as a Fremont city councilmember- I have fought against the effects of income inequality.

In the Assembly, I authored the Student Bill of Rights to help combat the stress put on students from loan debt. I was also a proud co-author of the Middle-Class Scholarship Act which slashed University of California and California State University fees by 2/3 for working families.

I also authored AJR 22, which calls on Congress to overturn the "Citizens United" decision through constitutional amendment. Additionally, I authored AB 644, which would put on the ballot statewide a referendum condemning "Citizens United". I also recently introduced HR 37, condemning the recent SCOTUS decision on "McCutheon v. FEC".

I was the first member of the Assembly to author a fracking regulation bill that would have oil companies disclose the chemicals they use in the fracking process.

One of my proudest achievements was when Governor Brown signed AB 1388 into law, which prohibits banks from garnering wages sue to medical debt if an individual makes below the minimum wage. Medical debt is the primary reason families file for bankruptcy, and I believe that this new law will provide some help for families who are suffering due to debt.

I have co-authored legislation this year that would help protect individuals from having their identity stolen during retail transactions.

In regards to my voting record in the Assembly, I am proud to have a 100% rating from Equality California, California Labor Federation, Planned Parenthood, the Congress of California Seniors, United Domestic Workers, CalPIRG, and the Friends Committee on Legislation of California.

I hope to continue to serve the people of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties by championing working families, our seniors, and students.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign team has recruited many young folks who are excited about my campaign, and want me to continue to be their voice in Sacramento.

I am the only candidate in this race endorsed by the California Democratic Party, but I am also the only candidate endorsed by most of the Democratic clubs in the 10th Senate District. As of the today, I have been endorsed by the Tri-Cities Democratic Forum, the Hayward Demos Club, the Berryessa-North San Jose Democratic Club, the Castro Valley Democratic Club, Gays and Lesbians Organized for the Betterment of Everyone , and the South Alameda County Democratic Club. These are the backbone of the progressive movement in the district, and I have recruited volunteers to knock on doors in their own neighborhoods to get the word out about Bob Wieckowski for Senate.

Additionally, I have a strong social media presence that engages like-minded progressives in the community to help our campaign out.

We hope to continue recruiting more students to help us get the vote out as we approach the primary on June 3rd.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Ashley Carrera
  • Jan Giovannini-Hill
  • Chinmoy Roy
  • Rebecca Gomez
  • Jordan Eldridge
  • Patricia Danielson
  • Antonette Shellen, CA
  • Ruth Musser-Lopez
  • Fielding Greaves
  • Robert Wieckowski
...and 49 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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