The 5th Senate District, includes San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, and a portion of Sacramento County, and is home to some of the richest agricultural land in the world. Senate District 5 comprises more than 20% of California’s total wine grape production – more than Napa and Sonoma Counties combined. Prior to her election to the State Senate, Senator Galgiani served in the State Assembly for 6 years representing Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties. Senator Galgiani was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a member of the Delta Protection Commission, whose mission is to protect and restore the overall environment, and wildlife habitat of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. As Chair of the Agriculture Committee, in both the Senate and Assembly, she has sought to promote and grow California’s $44.7 billion dollar agriculture economy, and to protect water rights for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. Senator Galgiani is a member of the Senate committees for Banking and Financial Institutions, Business, Professions and Economic Development, Governmental Organization, Transportation and Housing, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. In the Assembly, she also served on the Committee on Higher Education, and the Select Committee on Biotech.
With the drought now entering its 5th year, the State is facing unprecedented challenges. Senator Galgiani authored a measure to build new water storage facilities, and helped enact Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Senator Galgiani’s legislation, SB 1120, was signed into law, establishing a statewide inventory of local and regional water supply projects in need of funding, in order to fast-track the development of local storage projects. Since her election to the Legislature in 2006, Senator Galgiani has worked to facilitate the nation’s first High-Speed Rail project which will create 600,000 new jobs, and put California’s economy on a fast-track to recovery. She authored AB 3034 which placed Proposition 1A, the California High-Speed Train Bond Act, on the ballot, and she led the statewide, collaborative effort to secure more than $3 billion dollars in Federal stimulus funding for High-Speed Rail. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Senator Galgiani served as the consultant to the Legislative Committee on the Development of UC Merced to help secure funding and support for the establishment of California’s 10th University of California Campus, UC Merced. UC Merced is now home to more than 5,000 students, providing opportunities for the highest number of students from low-income families, and the highest number of students who are the first in their family to attend a UC campus.
Upon her election, she began working to persuade UC officials to start the planning stages for creating a “School of Medicine” at UC Merced. In the Fall of 2011, the first class of six medical students entered the “UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME)” – a collaboration to train the next generation of San Joaquin Valley physicians. Students begin their medical education at UC Davis, and work in clinical rotations in the Central Valley at partner institutions.
Senator Galgiani previously worked for former First Lady Sharon Davis, Congressmember John Garamendi during his tenure as Insurance Commissioner, former State Senator Patrick Johnston, and former Assembly member Barbara Matthews
Prior to working in the Legislature, she spent eight years as a physical therapy aide at San Joaquin General Hospital and Dameron Hospital in San Joaquin County where she worked with patients recovering from strokes, and other debilitating injuries and diseases.