About Bill Quirk

As a Ph.D. and the only scientist in the State Assembly, science drives my work, not the Trump agenda of hatred and dishonesty.

I am proud to be your locally elected Assemblymember in Sacramento since 2012. My work in the California Legislature is a reflection of  my personal values and life journey.  

I grew up in Massachusetts. As the oldest of seven children, I learned to take responsibility at an early age. This same sense of responsibility has guided me in my journey to become an elected official. 
 
I have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Applied Physics and a PhD in Astrophysics, both from Columbia University. I did my post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).
 
I joined NASA in 1972 to work as a climate change research scientist and developed the Goddard Institute Climate Model, which is still used today, to predict climate change.  When climate research funding was cut, rather than moving to Washington DC, my wife and I decided to move to the Bay Area, where I joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). There, I established myself in the fields of atmospheric science and nuclear weapon design. I was this country’s expert in foreign nuclear weapons and played a key role in the negotiations for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty that was signed in 1996. 
 
My record in public service begins with my tenure as PTA president while my two children attended Hayward public schools. I have always believed in public education. I have proudly served the community as President of Hayward Friends of the Library and Chair, Hayward Library Commission. In fact, I lead the effort for Hayward’s 21st century library and community learning center that opened in 2019. I am a member of Hayward Rotary, the Hayward Arts Council and the Hayward Area Historical Society.
 
I served on the Hayward City Council from 2004-12. As a city council member, I focused on revitalizing Hayward through job development and neighborhood safety. 
 
My wife and I have been married since 1971. We lived in Hayward from 1978 until 2018. We now live in Union City with our two adopted maltese rescue pups: Milo and Millie. Both our children are grown and married and we are the proud grandparents of a wonderful grandson.