Steve Glazer

Last updated

Early life and education

Glazer was born in Sacramento, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University . While attending SDSU, he served as president of Associated Students, the university's student governing group and chair of the California State Student Association. [4] [5]



In 1989, Glazer formed his own public relations, media, and political consulting firm, Glazer & Associates. [6] Glazer was senior advisor to Kathleen Brown in her 1990 campaign for California State Treasurer. [7] [8] Glazer was an advisor to the 1994 campaign of Democratic former Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo in his primary race for Secretary of State. [9]

Glazer ran Jerry Brown's campaign for governor in 2010. Glazer aided Governor Brown's campaign to gain voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012, which prevented billions of dollars in additional cuts to our public schools and universities.[ citation needed ]

Glazer was spokesperson for the first female Chief Justice of California Supreme Court, Rose Bird, during her failed retention campaign from 1985 to 1986. [10]

Glazer was the press secretary for Assemblyman Gray Davis in 1983 and ran his re-election campaign in 1984. Glazer persuaded Davis to promote the idea of placing the pictures of missing children on milk cartons, grocery bags, bus stops and billboards. That campaign was credited with finding more than one dozen children and won Davis widespread publicity and eventually helped him win his first statewide office on his way to becoming governor. [2] [11] [12]

Glazer served as press secretary for State Senate Pro Tem David Roberti from 1987 to 1993. [13] As press secretary for Roberti, Glazer ran a media campaign to boost legislation that became the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989, a California law that bans the ownership and transfer of over 50 specific brands and models of semi-automatic firearms, which were classified as assault weapons. [14] [15]

Ballot measures

Glazer ran the campaign for the 1990 Los Angeles ballot measure, Measure H, which instituted ethics reform of Los Angeles city election campaigns. [16]

Glazer served as a political strategist for the historic 1992 Los Angeles City Charter Amendment F, which aimed to dramatically alter the power structure of the Los Angeles Police Department and make it more accountable to the community. This amendment, which was spearheaded by former United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher, implemented several changes, including limiting a police chief to two five-year terms, granting the mayor the authority to select a chief with the City Council's approval, and introducing civilian oversight of officer misconduct through the addition of a civilian member to disciplinary panels. [17]

Glazer led campaigns in the 1990s to protect old growth redwood forests, the San Francisco Bay, parks, and open spaces. Working with The Trust for Public Land, Glazer helped pass measures in more than 25 states that protect clean water and thousands of acres of open space. [18]

Glazer organized campaigns that provided billions of dollars for homeless shelters and affordable housing, as well as residences for abused women and foster children. [12]

Glazer ran the campaign for two bond measures in the March 7, 2000, ballot propositions, Proposition 12 & 13, which California voters approved. They provided a total of $4.1 billion to go to a variety of state, local, and nonprofit agencies to implement a broad range of activities to protect and enhance resources. [19] [20] [21]

In 2002, Glazer managed the successful statewide campaign for Proposition 46, created a trust fund to: provide shelters for battered women; clean and safe housing for low-income senior citizens; emergency shelters for homeless families with children; housing with social services for homeless and mentally ill; repairs/accessibility improvements to apartments for families and handicapped citizens; military veteran homeownership assistance; and security improvements/repairs to existing emergency shelters.[ citation needed ]

In 2006, Glazer served as campaign manager for Proposition 1C, which funded new and existing housing and development programs.[ citation needed ] The programs would be aimed at increasing development in urban areas, transportation, homeless shelters, and construction and renovation of rental housing projects. The measure would also provide funds to low-income home buyers.

Glazer ran Governor Jerry Brown's tax measure campaign in 2012. [22]

Glazer was a coauthor of the 2020 California Proposition 13, a bond measure to fund capital improvements at schools. [12] [23] [24]

City of Orinda

Glazer served on the Orinda Park and Recreation Commission from 1997 to 1999.[ citation needed ]

Glazer was elected to the City Council of Orinda in 2004, 2008, and 2012. [25]

Glazer also served as mayor of the City of Orinda. [26] [27] He was elected to that post in 2007, 2012 and 2015.

2014 Candidacy for California State Assembly

Glazer was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the California State Assembly. [28] [6] [29] His campaign focused on prohibiting strikes by public transit workers; an SFGate article called his campaign "a near single-issue campaign of banning public transit strikes." [30] Glazer came in third in the primary and did not make it to the general election. [31]

California Senate

Glazer won a May 2015 special election to succeed Mark DeSaulnier, who was elected to Congress in 2014. Glazer defeated fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. [32] Dan Brekke, writing for KQED, described Glazer as "a moderate allied with business interests" and Bonilla as "an Assembly incumbent with strong support from labor." [27]

He won his re-election campaign in November 2016 and began a new four-year term. [33] He was re-elected in November 2020 to begin a new four-year term. His current term ends on December 1, 2024.


Glazer authored a bill in 2015 to ban the use of Confederate leaders in state parks, buildings, schools and other public places. [34]

Glazer authored a bill in 2016, the California Promise, to help increase the 4-year graduation rate by requiring the California State University (CSU) system to provide priority enrollment, enhanced academic advising and other support for students who carry at least 30 units per year. [35]

Glazer co-authored (with Sen. Isadore Hall III) SB 880, in 2016, to close a loophole in the assault weapons ban. [36] [37]

In 2017, Glazer was the lone Democrat in the state Senate to vote against a single-payer healthcare system. [38] Also that year, he was the only Democrat in the state Senate to vote against a transportation funding bill, which he said was because he did not support the allocation of funds to the California High-Speed Rail and because he was concerned about measures related to diesel pollution. [39] News outlets reported that he also wanted to include a ban on BART strikes in the legislation. [40] The month after the vote against the transportation bill, Glazer resigned from the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. [40]

Glazer authored a ballot measure, Proposition 72 in 2018, to improve residents’ ability to capture rainwater that passed both houses of the Legislature and made it onto the June 2018 primary ballot. Voters approved the measure in June 2018. [41]

Glazer authored the first-in-the-nation truth-in-lending bill for small businesses in 2018, making lending to small businesses more transparent. [42]

Glazer authored legislation in 2019 to create the office of Inspector General for the Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority to look for waste, fraud and abuse in the agency. [43] [44]

Glazer jointly authored a bill in 2020 to ban the sale of flavored tobacco. "These flavored vaping products are addicting our children to nicotine and endangering their lives," he said. "The explosive use has become an epidemic that requires urgent action. Thank you Senator Hill for your leadership in protecting our children." [45]

In 2021, Glazer proposed legislation that would require oversight of mental healthcare spending in California. [38]

In 2022, Glazer was the lone Democrat in the State Senate to join the Republicans in voting against a bill abolishing slavery in California. [46] The bill, which had unanimously passed the assembly, failed.

Glazer is a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. [47]



Glazer served as Chairman of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, and as a member of the Insurance and Public Safety committees.


Glazer served as Chairman of the Governmental Organization and Insurance committees; and as Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Student Success; and as a member of the Budget & Fiscal Review, and Human Services committees.


Glazer served as Chairman of the Business, Professions & Economic Development; Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Student Success; and as a member of the Agriculture; Education; Governmental Organization; and Insurance committees.


Glazer is Chairman of the Elections and Constitutional Amendment Committee; and serves on the Agriculture; Education; Governmental Organization; and Insurance committees.

2022 Candidacy for State Controller

On March 7, 2022, Glazer announced his candidacy for California State Controller. [38] Glazer came in fourth place in the primary, and therefore did not advance to the general election.

Personal life

Glazer is married to Melba Muscarolas, a retired executive with AT&T, with whom he has two daughters. [48]

In October 2003, Glazer was shot in the neck by a high-powered pellet rifle while driving with his family.[ citation needed ] The .17-caliber projectile just missed his carotid artery and lodged next to his spine. The perpetrator was caught but never charged with a crime because pellet guns were classified as toys in the criminal code. After recovering from this injury, Glazer worked with then-Senator Tom Torlakson to author legislation establishing penalties for pellet-gun attacks (SB 532, Chapter 180, Statutes of 2006).[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jerry Brown</span> American politician (born 1938)

Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. is an American lawyer, author, and politician who served as the 34th and 39th governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected Secretary of State of California in 1970; Brown later served as Mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007 and Attorney General of California from 2007 to 2011. He was both the oldest and sixth-youngest governor of California due to the 28-year gap between his second and third terms. Upon completing his fourth term in office, Brown became the fourth longest-serving governor in U.S. history, serving 16 years and 5 days in office.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pete Wilson</span> Governor of California from 1991 to 1999

Peter Barton Wilson is an American attorney and politician who served as a United States senator from California from 1983 to 1991 and as the 36th governor of California from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Republican Party, he also served as the 29th mayor of San Diego from 1971 to 1983.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">California State Legislature</span> Legislative branch of the state government of California

The California State Legislature is a bicameral state legislature consisting of a lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members; and an upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members. Both houses of the Legislature convene at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The California state legislature is one of just ten full-time state legislatures in the United States. The houses are distinguished by the colors of the carpet and trim of each house. The Senate is distinguished by red and the Assembly by the color green, inspired by the House of Lords and House of Commons respectively.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kathleen Brown</span> American politician

Kathleen Lynn Brown is an American attorney and politician who served as the 29th Treasurer of California from 1991 to 1995. Brown unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in the 1994 election.

Same-sex marriage in California has been legal since June 28, 2013. The U.S. state first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 16, 2008 as a result of the Supreme Court of California finding in the case of In re Marriage Cases that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the Constitution of California. The issuance of such licenses was halted from November 5, 2008 through June 27, 2013 due to the passage of Proposition 8—a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. The granting of same-sex marriages recommenced following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Toni Atkins</span> American politician from California

Toni Gayle Atkins is an American politician serving as the 51st and current President pro tempore of the California State Senate since 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly from 2014 to 2016. She has represented the 39th State Senate district since 2016, encompassing most of San Diego.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Alex Padilla</span> American politician (born 1973)

Alejandro Padilla is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from California since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Padilla served more than seven years on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 7th district. First elected in 1999, he was the president of the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 to 2006. He then served in the California State Senate for the 20th district from 2006 to 2014. After that, he served as the 30th secretary of state of California from 2015 to 2021.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mark Leno</span> American politician

Mark Leno is an American politician who served in the California State Senate until November 2016. A Democrat, he represented the 11th Senate district, which includes San Francisco and portions of San Mateo County. Before the 2010 redistricting, he represented the 3rd Senate district.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">California Democratic Party</span> Political party in California

The California Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of California. It is headquartered in Sacramento.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kevin de León</span> American politician

Kevin Alexander Leon, known professionally as Kevin de León and colloquially as KDL, is an American politician serving as the Los Angeles City Council member for District 14 since 2020. A member of the Democratic Party, he placed second in the 2018 United States Senate election in California against incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein and third in the 2022 Los Angeles mayoral election.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2008 California Proposition 8</span> Ballot proposition and state constitutional amendment passed in November 2008

Proposition 8, known informally as Prop 8, was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment intended to ban same-sex marriage; it passed in the November 2008 California state elections and was later overturned in court. The proposition was created by opponents of same-sex marriage in advance of the California Supreme Court's May 2008 appeal ruling, In re Marriage Cases, which followed the short-lived 2004 same-sex weddings controversy and found the previous ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in 2010, although the court decision did not go into effect until June 26, 2013, following the conclusion of proponents' appeals.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Steve Knight (politician)</span> Former U.S. Representative from California

Stephen Thomas Knight is an American politician, military veteran and former police officer. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the U.S. representative for California's 25th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. Knight previously represented California's 21st State Senate district from 2012 to 2015 and California's 36th State Assembly district from 2008 through 2012; he also served as Assistant Minority Leader in the California State Assembly from 2010 until 2012.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mike Gatto</span> American politician

Michael Anthony Gatto, is an American public official. After being elected to the California State Assembly in a special election, he served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Consumer Protection & Privacy Committee, and Chairman of the Utilities & Commerce Committee, and was the author of several pieces of notable legislation. He served four terms, representing Los Angeles, Glendale, and Burbank.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Scott Wiener</span> American politician

Scott Wiener is an American politician and a member of the California State Senate. A Democrat, he represents the 11th Senate District, encompassing San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Patricia Bates</span> American Republican politician

Patricia "Pat" Carmody Bates is an American Republican politician currently serving in the California State Senate, representing the 36th Senate district, which encompasses parts of Orange and San Diego counties. She served as the Senate's minority leader from 2017 to 2019. She previously served as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2014, and the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. She also served as the first mayor of Laguna Niguel, California following its incorporation in 1989, and continued to serve on the city council until 1998. Before serving as mayor, she had been employed as a social worker in Los Angeles County.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sydney Kamlager-Dove</span> American politician

Sydney Kai Kamlager-Dove is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 37th congressional district since 2023. A Democrat, she previously served in the California State Senate, representing the 30th district. She has also served in the California State Assembly and as a trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2018 California Proposition 6</span> Failed amendment to the Constitution of California

California Proposition 6 was a measure that was submitted to California voters as part of the November 2018 election. The ballot measure proposed a repeal of the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which is also known as Senate Bill 1. The measure failed with about 57% of the voters against and 43% in favor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2018 California Proposition 7</span> Ballot measure in California permitting the state to change daylight saving time

Proposition 7 was a California ballot proposition in that state's general election on November 6, 2018. The measure passed, by a vote of about 60% Yes to 40% No.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Steve Bennett (California politician)</span> American politician

Stephen Bennett is an American activist, educator, and politician serving as a member of the California State Assembly from the 37th district as a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to his tenure in the state legislature, he was active in local politics in Ventura, California, and Ventura County, California, with him serving on the city council and board of supervisors.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2022 California Proposition 1</span> Abortion and contraception proposition

Proposition 1, titled Constitutional Right to Reproductive Freedom and initially known as Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 (SCA 10), is a California ballot proposition and state constitutional amendment that was voted upon in the 2022 general election on November 8. Passing with more than two-thirds of the vote, the proposition amended the Constitution of California to explicitly grant the right to an abortion and contraceptives, making California among the first states in the nation to do so with Michigan and Vermont. The decision to propose the codification of abortion rights in the state constitution was precipitated in May 2022 by Politico's publishing of a leaked draft opinion showing the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, reversing judicial precedent that previously held that the United States constitution protected the right to an abortion.


  1. "Brown Appoints Political Adviser As CSU Trustee". 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. 1 2 Weintraub, Daniel (2010-05-02). "An Old Hand Returns to Guide Brown's Bid (Published 2010)". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  3. "LAMORINDA WEEKLY | Glazer Manages Brown's Gubernatorial Campaign | Orinda | Jerry Brown". Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  4. "Steven M. Glazer | Board of Trustees | CSU". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  5. "Meet the Bay Area Democrat who could kill Gov. Jerry Brown's road plan today". The Mercury News. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  6. 1 2 "Steve Glazer". Institute of Governmental Studies - UC Berkeley. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  7. "Kathleen Brown Quits for Full-Time Treasurer Race". Los Angeles Times. 1989-06-17. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  8. "Kathleen Brown: She Too Wants a Chance to Lead". Los Angeles Times. 1989-03-13. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  9. Marinucci, Carla (2010-01-25). "State AG Jerry Brown expected to name Glazer as 2010 gov campaign manager". Politics Blog. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  10. "Assertions of Killers Going Free Disputed by Bird Aide". Los Angeles Times. 1986-09-06. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  11. "Missing Children Issue Gives Him a Cause Nobody Can Knock : Gray Davis Works on an Image--His Own". Los Angeles Times. 1985-06-02. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  12. 1 2 3 Glazer, Steve. "Steve Glazer". Voter's Edge California Voter Guide. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  13. "Roberti Plans to Revise Bill to Break Up School District". Los Angeles Times. 1993-03-30. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  14. "Gun Owners Push Roberti Recall Drive : Politics: A spokesman says more than 45,000 voter signatures have been collected to put the matter on a March or April ballot. The senator's bid to seek state treasurer's post may be affected". Los Angeles Times. 1994-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  15. Tarbox, Buffy (February 20, 2015). "Former State Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti". Steve Glazer for Senate. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  16. "Measure H, Up Close and Personal". Los Angeles Times. 1990-06-15. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  17. "Measure to Reform LAPD Wins Decisively". Los Angeles Times. 1992-06-03. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  18. "Steve Glazer Answers Questions". Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  19. "Proposition 12 and 13--Parks and Water Bonds: Implementation Issues". Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  20. "Protecting the Environment". Steve Glazer for Senate. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  21. "Proposition 12 State Park System Allocations". CA State Parks. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  22. "Steve Glazer advises Jerry Brown as tax measure heads for November ballot - Gov. Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee". 2012-06-24. Archived from the original on 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  23. "Column: There's a new Proposition 13. It would send billions to California schools that need it". Los Angeles Times. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  24. Brinklow, Adam (2020-02-24). "Curbed SF election guide: California's Proposition 13 schools bond, explained". Curbed SF. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  25. "Steve Glazer". Institute of Governmental Studies - UC Berkeley. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  26. Kamal, Sameea (2022-05-05). "Steve Glazer". CalMatters. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  27. 1 2 "Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer Wins East Bay Senate Election". KQED. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  28. JoinCalifornia - Steve Glazer
  29. "Steve Glazer - Ballotpedia" . Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  30. Wildermuth, John (2014-05-26). "BART strikes a big issue in East Bay Assembly race". SFGATE. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  31. Mihalik, Lily; Pesce, Anthony; reporters, Ben Welsh contact the. "California 2014 primary election complete results". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  32. McGreevy, Patrick (May 19, 2015). "Steve Glazer wins East Bay Senate seat over Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  33. "California 7th District State Senate Results: Steve Glazer Wins". The New York Times. August 2017. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  34. "California bill would ban naming state, local sites for Confederate leaders". Los Angeles Times. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  35. "Governor Signs California Promise Bill". Senator Steve Glazer. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  36. "California Senate Passes Comprehensive New Gun Control Legislation". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  37. "Legislation aims to close firearm ban loophole". Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  38. 1 2 3 "What would Steve Glazer do as California controller?". KPBS Public Media. 2022-05-18. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  39. "Sen. Glazer explains vote against transportation bill, gas tax hike | Antioch Herald" . Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  40. 1 2 "Gas-tax payback: Steve Glazer loses chairmanship of Senate committee". East Bay Times. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  41. Luery, Mike (2018-05-25). "Prop. 72 promises tax relief for water conservation". KCRA. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  42. "Governor signs nation's first truth-in-lending bill for small business owners". Senator Steve Glazer. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  43. "Newly appointed BART inspector general will have eyes on agency finances". The Mercury News. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  44. "Newsom appoints inspector general to oversee BART's finances, safety efforts". 2019-06-22. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  45. "California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Landmark Legislation Restricting Store Sales of Flavored Tobacco - Lawmakers Hail Governor's Swift Action on SB 793, State Senator Jerry Hill Reports". Sierra Sun Times. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  46. "California Senate Votes to Keep Legalized Slavery in its Prisons". Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  47. "Members | California Legislative Jewish Caucus". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  48. "Biography". Senator Steve Glazer. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
Steve Glazer
Senator Steven M Glazer.jpg
Member of the California Senate
from the 7th district
Assumed office
May 28, 2015