Biography

Senator Ellen M. Corbett is serving her second term in the State Senate and was elected Senate Majority Leader by her fellow Democrats in 2010.

As Majority Leader, Senator Corbett is responsible for helping set the Democratic agenda, managing the Senate’s Floor operations and serves as the lead advisor in political matters and strategy to the Senate President pro Tempore.

Throughout her career, she has focused on strengthening California’s economy, standing up for consumers and protecting our natural resources while encouraging the growth of our green economy.

Among the landmark legislation she has passed are laws to provide students with more information regarding student loan options and risks, give car buyers additional safeguards and protecting homeowners that have suffered during California’s housing crisis.

A lawyer and civic activist, she is dedicated to ensuring educational opportunities and working to grow California’s economy.

Senator Corbett has a long history of public service in the district.  She served as a City Councilmember and was the first woman elected Mayor of San Leandro.  Prior to that, she worked as an attorney, community college professor and civic activist.

Throughout her legislative career, Senator Corbett has worked to secure funding for education, transportation improvements, environmental projects and economic development opportunities in her district.

In the Legislature, Senator Corbett serves as a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and Insurance Committee.

The Senator also serves as Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee 3 on Health and Human Services.

Additionally, Senator Corbett is the Chair of the Select Committee on Emerging Technology: Biotechnology and Green Energy Jobs.

Senator Corbett represents the State Senate on the California Seismic Safety Commission, California Commission on Disability Access and the California Commission on Uniform State Laws.

A native Californian raised in the East Bay, Senator Corbett attended local schools, including Chabot Community College and California State University, East Bay.  She graduated from the University of California, Davis and McGeorge School of Law. 

Senator Corbett is the proud mother of a successful college-age son.