Sharon Quirk-Silva is proud to represent California’s 65th Assembly District, which includes her lifelong home of Fullerton as well as the communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Hawaiian Gardens, Cypress, La Palma and Stanton.
During her first term in office, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva has advocated for investments in education, veteran affairs, small businesses, and public safety. Her priorities also include creating quality jobs for our working men and women, promoting a positive business climate and working together to solve critical issues.
Locally, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva settled a long-term Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Account (VLFAA) dispute between Orange County and the state through her AB 701. The measure provided Orange County with $53 million to alleviate the need to slash budgets, cut jobs and potentially harm public safety and ensured the potential for future revenue growth.
As the new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva is extremely well placed to continue championing California’s women and men in uniform and our veterans by advocating for increased access to higher education, affordable housing and health care—including critically important mental health services. Furthermore, as sequestration persists and the specter of base closure continues to threaten, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva will be vigilant and pro-active in protecting California's vital military infrastructure.
Recognizing that small businesses are bringing California’s economy back, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva supported legislation to help more people open businesses. Assembly Bill (AB) 113 immediately reduced pointless delays California businesses were regularly encountering in filing documents with the Secretary of State’s office.
A classroom teacher for 27 years, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva possesses a commitment to education at all levels. As such, she authored legislation to expand access to Cal Grants, and actively supported the Middle Class Scholarship, which will reduce student fees at the California State University and University of California by up to 40 percent for families who often missed the cutoff for aid.
First elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2004, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva was selected twice by her peers to serve as Mayor.
Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva is a product of public education. She is a graduate of Fullerton College, UCLA and received her Teaching Credential from California, State Fullerton. As one of ten children, she acquired valuable negotiating skills and learned the advantages of teamwork early on— these skills are vital when working across party lines to find solutions to keep California moving forward.