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Tom Berryhill


Picture of Tom Berryhill
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Republican AD-26 46562 Loss
11-07-2006 Republican AD-25 79594 Win
11-04-2008 Republican AD-25 102951 Win
11-02-2010 Republican SD-14 191097 Win
11-04-2014 Republican SD-08 145587 Win
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Candidate Biography:

Born: August 27, 1953 in Ceres, CA
Married: Loretta
Children: Jessica and Samantha
Family: Son of Clare L. Berryhill and brother of Bill Berryhill
University: CalPoly San Luis Obispo (Ag Business, 1976)

Previous: District Representative, State Senator Dick Monteith
Previous: Stanislaus County Fundraising Chairman, Governor Pete Wilson
Previous: Committee Chairman, Attorney General Dan Lungren
2018: Candidate for Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors (Pending)

  • In a 1996 interview, Berryhill indicated that he thought that his 1996 loss to Dennis A. Cardoza  (by 66 votes) happened because Bob Dole conceded the Presidential race before the California polls closed. - Source:
  • Had a brother who served in the same legislative house concurrently. 
  • Berryhill received a heart transplant in May 2011. In December 2006, Berryhill became the first heart transplant survivor to serve in the California state legislature. At least two legislators from other states have had heart transplants; Georgia State Senator Carl Harrison (in 1987) and Florida State Representative Don Reed (in 1995). 
  • Berryhill served as the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee from January 12 to January 19, 2011. On January 13th, Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced that he would be removing Berryhill from the committee in response to comments Berryhill had made [regarding the ability of Democrats to pass a majority budget]; "This is really not our problem... The Democrats own this, and we think that they should be giving us what the solutions are."

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)

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