Sitting Assemblyman Jerry Hill defeated former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber Tuesday night in the race for the Senate seat straddling Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. With the vast majority of precincts reporting, Hill had racked up more than double the votes received by his challenger. Hill, 65, has represented the 19th Assembly District since 2008. Before that he served on the San Mateo City Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Lieber, 51, represented the 22nd Assembly District in the South Bay from 2002 to 2008. She authored bills boosting the minimum wage, cracking down on human trafficking and ending the so-called rolling exemption from smog checks for cars more than 30 years old.
Hill outpolled Lieber 51 percent to 22 percent in the June primary, and he had a major advantage in campaign fundraising. Hill took in slightly more than $1 million between Jan. 1 and Oct. 20. Lieber raised $260,806, including $100,000 she donated to her own campaign.
Lieber positioned herself as a crusader against the influence of special-interest money in politics, criticizing Hill as beholden to the Sacramento "money game." Hill said he better represents all constituents in the newly drawn 13th Senate District, including the businesses that drive the regional economy.
The redrawn 13th district includes most of San Mateo County and a portion of northern Santa Clara County, running from South San Francisco down to Sunnyvale.