RELEASE: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva Endorses Dave Min (SD37) For State Senate

Irvine, Calif. — TODAY, Dave Min, UC Irvine law professor and candidate for California’s 37th State Senate District, announced that he had received the endorsement of California State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD-65). Her endorsement joins a sizable group of elected officials and community leaders who have come out in support of Min’s campaign, including California State Controller Betty Yee; Congressional Representatives Ted Lieu, Gil Cisneros, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal, Mark Takano, Scott Peters, and Pete Aguilar; University Council- AFT; Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach and California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller.

“I am so thrilled to endorse Dave in his State Senate race,” said Asm. Quirk-Silva. “Dave has an impressive and extensive background as a leading expert in economic policy for decades. Whether as a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission or a policy director at the Center for American Progress, Dave has devoted his entire career to building an economy that works for people of all backgrounds and can be trusted to head to Sacramento to fight for the best interests of Orange County’s hardworking women and men. I look forward to working with him.”

Assemblymember Quirk-Silva – whose district includes communities in North Orange County – is a former public school teacher who made history in 2012 by becoming the first Democrat to defeat an incumbent Republican member of the Legislature in over a decade. She is currently serving her third term.

“Assemblymember Quirk-Silva’s endorsement means a great deal to me,” said Dave Min. “She understands the importance of representing ALL of her constituents and not just the rich and powerful. Whether it’s securing millions of dollars for small businesses, fighting for comprehensive solutions to homelessness, or improving access to higher education for low-income students, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of working Orange County families. I look forward to working with her in Sacramento to help ensure a brighter future for Orange County.”

Asm. Quirk-Silva’s endorsement adds to a broad and fast-growing coalition of early supporters of Min’s State Senate run. Since announcing his candidacy on January 8th, Min has been endorsed by a number of elected officials, local activists, and organizations, including:

  • University Council – AFT
  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • Congressman Pete Aguilar
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • The Californian Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
  • California State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary
  • RL Miller – Chair of California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
  • David Ryu – Los Angeles City Council Member
  • Sukhee Kang – Former Irvine Mayor
  • MaryAnn Gaido – Former Irvine City Council Member
  • Ross Chun – City of Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Tiffany Ackley – Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman
  • Ali Taj – Artesia City Council Member
  • Valerie Amezcua – Santa Ana Board of Education
  • Andrew Rodriguez – Walnut Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sherri Loveland – Women’s rights advocate
  • Louise Adler – Founding member of Women in Leadership, local women’s leader
  • Judge Lynne Riddle (ret.) – Planned Parenthood board, activist, retired federal bankruptcy judge
  • Sarah Miller – Deputy Director, Open Market Institute
  • Robin Ganahl – Orange County Clean Energy Advocate and Organizer

A full endorsement list can be found HERE.


David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy.

California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.

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