Senator William W. Monning was elected in November of 2012 and reelected in 2016 to represent the 17th Senate District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties, and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Prior to that, he represented the 27th Assembly District from 2008 to 2012, which included portions of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties. Currently, Senator Monning is the Senate Majority Leader. He also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Budget; Health; Judiciary; Legislative Ethics; Natural Resources and Water; and the Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services.
During his tenure in the state Legislature, the Senator has been a leading advocate of reducing childhood obesity and other preventable chronic illnesses through the reduction of the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. He has authored legislation that would have established a sugar sweetened beverage tax with the revenues generated dedicated to support childhood obesity prevention programs, and legislation to place a consumer-warning label on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California.
Last year, he introduced Senate Bill 623, to provide short- and long-term drinking water solutions to Californians who lack access to safe and affordable drinking water. Approximately 300 water systems in California currently have pollutant violations that have been linked to nausea and vomiting, cancer, reduced mental functioning in children, nervous system decline, miscarriages, and numerous other health issues.
Prior to his service in the State Legislature, Senator Monning was a professor at the Monterey College of Law and a professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is the former president and co-founder of Global Majority, Inc., an organization committed to education, training and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution. The Senator received a B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.