Mike McGuire
CA Sen Mike McGuire.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byNoreen Evans
Member of the
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
from the 4th district
In office
January 11, 2011[1] – November 2014
Preceded byPaul Kelley
Succeeded byJames Gore
Mayor of Healdsburg, California
In office
Member of the Healdsburg City Council
In office
Personal details
Michael T. McGuire

(1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 43)
Healdsburg, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Erika Fremault
EducationSonoma State University (BA)

Mike McGuire (born July 21, 1979) is an American politician serving as a member of the California State Senate from the 2nd district, which encompasses the North Coast region, from Marin County to Del Norte County. Since January 19, 2022 he has served as Majority Leader of the Senate replacing Robert Hertzberg, he previous served as Assistant Majority Leader from December 2018 to his appointment as majority leader .[2] Prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2014, he was a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and served as mayor of Healdsburg, California.[3]

Early life and education

Mike McGuire comes from a family of farmers, specializing in grape and prune farming for over 50 years. In 1998, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Healdsburg School Board at age 19.[4] He attended Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2002.[5]


McGuire was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2004, where he spent six years, including time as the city's youngest mayor.[6] In 2010, he became a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.[7] In 2014, McGuire easily defeated Republican candidate Lawrence Weisner for the District 2 State Senate seat, winning 70% of the vote.[8]

In April 2015, he introduced bill SB 643, with the purpose of legalizing and regulating the medical marijuana industry.[9] The regulation would cover cultivation to consumption.[10] McGuire criticized the state's lack of rules and regulations for medical marijuana,[11] and was opposed to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64).[12] In September 2017, he was part of the state's legislative session that urged Congress to censure the president Donald Trump.[13]

In September 2018, the bill he introduced to establish a statewide protocol for emergency alerts for all 58 California counties was signed into a law.[14] In December 2018, he was selected to serve as assistant majority leader of the California Senate.[15][16] In early January 2019, Mike McGuire "applauded" Gavin Newsom's 2019 budget plan for California.[17] That same month, when president Donald Trump threatened to withhold government emergency fundings for the wildfires because of poor forest management by the state of California, Mike McGuire replied in a tweet that most California forests affected are managed by the federal government and not the state.[18]

In 2019, he co-authored California Senate Bill 27 (SB27) officially named Tax Transparency Bill which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 30, 2019.[19] He authored a bill that established the Great Redwood Trail as a proposed rail-to-trail project in Northern California.[20]


2004 Healdsburg City Council Election

2004 Healdsburg City Council Election [21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Mike McGuire 3,894 30.3
Nonpartisan Gary W Plass 2,821 22.0
Nonpartisan Lisa W Schaffner 2,746 21.4
Nonpartisan Mark T Gleason 2,462 19.2
Nonpartisan Tod Brilliant 928 7.2
Total votes 12,851 100.0

2008 Healdsburg City Council Election

2008 Healdsburg City Council Election [22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Mike McGuire 4,437 35.6
Nonpartisan Tom Chambers 3,031 24.3
Nonpartisan Gary W Plass 2,928 23.5
Nonpartisan Tony Pastene 2,053 16.5
Total votes 12,449 100.0

2010 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 4th district election

2010 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 4th district election [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Mike McGuire 15,043 61.8%
Nonpartisan Debora Fudge 9,210 37.8
Other Write in 103 0.4
Total votes 24,356 100.0

2014 State Senate Election

2014 California State Senate election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McGuire 104,670 57.9
Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 48,401 26.8
Democratic Derek Knell 19,733 10.9
No party preference Harry V. Lehmann 8,060 4.5
Total votes 180,864 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike McGuire 188,142 70.0
Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 80,778 30.0
Total votes 268,920 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 State Senate Election

2018 California State Senate election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent) 163,723 76.2
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi 51,186 23.8
Total votes 214,909 100.0
General election
Democratic Mike McGuire (incumbent) 233,688 67.2
Democratic Veronica "Roni" Jacobi 114,184 32.8
Total votes 347,872 100.0
Democratic hold


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  2. ^ "Our State Senate Representative, Mike McGuire, Just Got Named Majority Leader". Lost Coast Outpost. January 19, 2022.
  3. ^ Schlanker, Beth (May 16, 2014). "PD Editorial: Mike McGuire is best choice in Senate election". The Press Democrat.
  4. ^ Kutchins, Herb (March 20, 2014). "Mike McGuire, his election assured, remains little known in Marin". The Point Reyes Light.
  5. ^ "McGuire Distinguished Alum". SSU News. December 21, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  6. ^ California State Senate Majority Caucus California Senator Mike McGuire Senate District 2 Biography
  7. ^ "Supervisor Mike McGuire Hosts Annual Windsor Town Hall Meeting on August 19th". sonomacounty.ca.gov. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "California State Senate elections, 2014 - Ballotpedia". Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bill Status". leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "California Sen. Mike McGuire proposes regulating medical marijuana industry". Ukiah Daily Journal. April 30, 2015.
  11. ^ Chabria, Anita (May 3, 2015). "California looks to bring law and order to decades-old medical marijuana market". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Guy Kovner (October 31, 2016). "Citing marijuana 'mess,' Sen. Mike McGuire opposes California's faulty Proposition 64". Sonomanews.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. ^ David Siders (September 17, 2017). "California tears into Trump". Politico.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Guy Kovner (September 21, 2018). "Gov. Brown signs into law California emergency alerts and wildfire liability bills". Pressdemocrat.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Julie Johnson (December 22, 2018). "Healdsburg Democrat Mike McGuire appointed to a top California Senate leadership post". Pressdemocrat.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Marissa Papanek (December 24, 2018). "Sen. Mike McGuire named assistant majority leader of CA State Senate". Krcrtv.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  17. ^ Thadeus Greenson (January 10, 2019). "Wood, McGuire Applaud Gov.'s Budget Plan". Northcoastjournal.com. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  18. ^ "Trump, California lawmakers spar over wildfire funding". Times-Standard. January 9, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Governor Gavin Newsom Signs SB 27: Tax Transparency Bill". Press release of the office of the Governor of California. July 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Wear, Kimberly (February 3, 2022). "Moving Up". North Coast Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  21. ^ "Registrar of Voters | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters | County of Sonoma" (PDF).
  22. ^ "Council Member; City of Healdsburg Election Information November 4, 2008 Election".
  23. ^ [1][dead link]