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Scott T. Wilk


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-2012 Republican AD-38 100069 Win
11-04-2014 Republican AD-38 63249 Win
11-08-2016 Republican SD-21 160043 Win
11-03-2020 Republican SD-21 199342 Win

Candidate Biography:

Scott Thomas Wilk
Born: March 16, 1959 in Lancaster, CA
Married: Vanessa Safoyan (m. 1985)
Children: Scott Jr. and Alison Grace

Previous: Chief of Staff, California Assemblymember Tom McClintock
Previous: Chief of Staff, California Assemblymember Paula Boland
Previous: District Director, Congressman Buck McKeon
2006-2012: Member, Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees
2016: Early Primary Candidate for AD-38 (Withdrew)
2021-2022: Minority Leader, California State Senate

  • In the 2016 General Election, Bill Dodd and Wilk, switching from the Assembly to the Senate, were the first Term Limits 2 legislators to trade houses.
  • POSTPONED INAUGURATION: At the start of the 2023-2024 legislative session, the State Senate took the unprecedented step of not seating either candidate. On December 8, 2022, following the certification of the results of the 2022 General Election by the counties, Senators Wilk and Brian Jones issued a joint statement requesting the State Senate not seat Senator-elect Melissa Hurtado in the Senate District 16 race "due to concerns over hundreds of ballots that have not been counted". The statement cited "reports also are swirling that there's a handful of uncounted ballots in Kings County still remaining and 600 to 800 uncounted ballots in Tulare County still remaining" and that "[r]ight now, there is no faith that the Kern County vote count is anywhere done nor accurate." Hurtado was sworn into office on December 10th.
  • REMOTE VOTING: One of ten legislators (all Republican Senators) who have attended a floor session remotely using teleconferencing equiptment (August 28-31, 2020).
  • DISTRACTED VOTING: On June 15, 2015, Wilk accidentally cast the sole Republican vote for the 2015-16 State Budget while writing a Facebook post. According to Jeremy B. White of the Sacramento Bee; "Confirmed that @ScottWilkCA voted for #CABudget by accident, finger hit the wrong button while he was focused on Facebook" (3:22 PM). Wilk later noted explained "My wife is right - I can't multitask! Accidentally voted for Budget while Facebooking against AB 93. The perils of social media #CABudget" (3:43 PM) Wilk's vote was 'corrected' after the Assembly adjourned for the day (4:09 PM).

Source: Biography at campaign website [] (accessed 5/24/2012)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)