History Note: Brothers in the Senate

On September 1st, Assemblyman Bill Berryhill announced his candidacy for the new State Senate District 5. If elected, he would join his brother State Senator Tom Berryhill and become only the second siblings to serve together concurrently in the upper house.

The only brothers to serve in the Senate at the same time were Robert I. and John F. McCarthy, who served in the State Senate from 1954-1958. One notable difference between the Berryhills and the McCarthys; the Berryhills are both Republicans, while the McCarthys disagreed on their politics; Robert was a Democrat, and Jack was a Republican.

During their service together, Jack authored the bill which created the Bay Area Rapid Transit District [BART]. He later became Minority Leader in the California State Senate (1967).

Record Setting Legislative Turnover

Based on the current numbers, it appears that California may have more new legislators in 2013 than it has seen in nearly a century. There are 120 inumbent state legislators, of whom 29 will be terming out this year;

7 State Senators; Alquist, Calderon, Dutton, Harman, Kehoe, Lowenthal, Simitian

22 Assemblymembers; Beall, Calderon, Cedillo, Cook, Davis, Eng, Feuer, Fuentes, Garrick, Huffman, Jeffries, Mendoza, Brownley, Portantino, Carter, Galgiani, Hayashi, Ma, Silva, Smyth, Solorio, Swanson

Additionally, a large number are running for other offices;

Congress; At least three Senators (Blakeslee, Negrete McLeod, and Vargas) and three Assemblymembers (Hall, Hernandez, and Miller), possibly also Assemblymembers Torres and Valadao. [Source]

State Senate (Block, Fong, Monning, Perez (V.M.), Harkey, Lowenthal, Williams)

Mayor; Senator Yee (San Francisco), Assemblyman Fletcher (San Diego)

Redistricting. Finally, redistricting has impacted several seats, either changing them to favor the other party (Huber, Gorell) or placing multiple incumbents in the same district (Dickinson vs. Pan, Strickland vs. Pavley)

This brings the total number of new legislators to somewhere in the range of 40 to 50. The election of 43 new legislators would set the record for turnover going back to 1935, while reaching a total of 50 would tie for the most since 1917.

2011 Districts added to JC “Redistricting” page

Statewide maps of the Senate, Congressional, and Board of Equalization district maps drawn by the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission have been added to the Redistricting page on JoinCalifornia. The Assembly district map should be added soon.