D — Assemblymember, 10th District
Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat, is running for reelection to the California State Assembly from the 10th District, which covers Marin County and southern Sonoma County. First elected to the Assembly in 2012, Marc is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2024.
Marc received his Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Cal State Northridge. Before his career in public service, Marc worked as a consultant for high tech start-ups and as executive director of an international disaster relief nonprofit. He began public service in 2009 when he was elected to the San Rafael City Council and was first elected to the Assembly in 2012 when he narrowly defeated sitting Assemblyman and fellow Democrat Michael Allen, despite being outspent five to one. In his election, he stood up to the party establishment and government employee unions, promising to be an independent vote in the legislature.
In the legislature, Marc has indeed charted an independent course, supporting charter schools and often being the only Democrat to oppose fiscally irresponsible legislation. He introduced AB 1163 to make the board of CalPERS (the state’s largest pension fund) more independent. He has also proposed legislation that curtails bonus payments for large state projects until they are verified by a third party. He was also the only Democrat to vote against AB 1222, which reversed last year’s minor pension reforms for all of the state’s transit workers. Despite his vocal opposition to those Democratic bills and others, Marc has not become a pariah who can’t get legislation passed. Indeed, Marc has been described in media coverage as helping to change the tone of the legislature for the better. He was chosen as the second most effective legislator in vote of capitol insiders, which described him as a Democrat who “doesn't just go with the flow.”
Marc serves on the Higher Education, Governmental Organization, and Rules Committees in the State Assembly. Marc is Chair of the Select Committee on Craft Brewing and Distilling. Marc founded the Jewish Caucus.
Party registration in AD10 is 55.5% Democratic, 17.2% Republican and 22.8% No Party Preference/Decline To State, an excellent fit for a fiscally responsible Progressive Democrat. Marc doesn’t currently have any opponents, but it is possible he may face a challenge from the left or by a Republican. Regardless of which opponent he faces, Marc will win reelection.