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San Mateo, Santa Clara County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Joe Simitian

Candidate for
Member; California State Assembly; District 21

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Assemblymember Joe Simitian

Joe Simitian was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2000 to represent the 21st Assembly District, which includes all or part of 15 cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Simitian's current work in the California State Assembly includes chairing the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, which oversees roughly $50 billion in spending on California's K-12 and higher education systems. Simitian is also a member of the Assembly's Appropriations, Transportation, and Utilities and Commerce Committees, chairs the newly created Select Committee on Privacy, and serves on the Select Committee on Air and Water Quality and the Select Committee on the Development of a 10th UC Campus.

His public service over the years includes:

  • County Supervisor, Santa Clara County
  • Mayor, City of Palo Alto
  • President, Palo Alto School Board
  • President, Santa Clara County School Boards' Association
  • President, League of California Cities Peninsula Division
  • Chairperson, Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council (IGC)
  • Member, Economy & Workforce Round Table Santa Clara County Strategic Vision
  • Representative of the President of the United States, 1994 U.S. Delegation to Observe Elections in El Salvador
  • Elections Supervisor, 1997 and 1998 Bosnian Elections, Seconded by the U.S. Department of State, serving with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)


  • Juris Doctor (Boalt Hall) - University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude - The Colorado College
  • Master of City Planning - University of California, Berkeley
  • High School Diploma - Palo Alto High School


Joe Simitian is an attorney, businessman and AICP certified city planner.

  • Member, California State Bar
  • Certified Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Member, American Planning Association



  • Co-Chair, Housing Leadership Council, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
  • Board of Directors, American Leadership Forum # Silicon Valley Group
  • Board of Advisors, Adolescent Counseling Services
  • Board of Advisors, Clara-Mateo Alliance, inc.
  • Honorary Council Member. Leadership Mountain View
  • Advisory Team, San Mateo County Service Learning Project
  • Trustee Emeritus, Junior Statesmen Foundation


  • Board of Directors, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
  • Steering Committee, Bay Area Council
  • Member, California UN 50 Committee
  • Explorer Scouts Advisor, Law Explorer Post #804
  • North County Allocations Committee, United Way of Santa Clara County
  • President, Friends of the Children's Theatre



  • American Electronics Association's "High-Tech Legislator of the Year"
  • California School Boards Association's "Outstanding Legislator of the Year"
  • University of California Alumni Associations' "Legislator of the Year"
  • Palo Alto Educators Association, Friend of Education Award
  • Sierra Club, In Recognition of a Lifetime of Commitment
  • Palo Alto Stanford Heritage Award, Preservationist of the Year
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Commitee, Friend of BAYMEC Award
  • Junior Statesman Foundation, Distinguished Leader Award
  • Housing Action Coalition, Housing Leadership Award
  • Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center, Friend of the DeFrank Center Award

    Commendations for Outstanding Service

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
  • Palo Alto Council of PTAs
  • Palo Alto Unified School District
  • San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council
  • State Senator Byron Sher and Assemblyman Ted Lempert

    Certificates of Appreciation

  • League of Cities, President of Peninsula Division
  • Santa Clara Cities Association
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council
  • Santa Clara County Strategic Vision Steering Committee
  • Social Advocates for Youth
  • Senior Coordinating Council of the Palo Alto Area

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