Assemblymember Tom Berryhill
Assemblyman Tom Berryhill is a fourth-generation California farmer who has been active in many community groups, business organizations and efforts to improve the quality of life in the 25th Assembly District. Assemblyman Berryhill, a strong supporter…
Assemblyman Tom Berryhill is a fourth-generation California farmer who has been active in many community groups, business organizations and efforts to improve the quality of life in the 25th Assembly District. Assemblyman Berryhill, a strong supporter of California's public schools and universities, attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Berryhill, who started his first term in the Legislature in December 2006, serves on the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife and the Utilities and Commerce committees and as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.
As Vice Chair of the Rural Caucus, Tom made protecting the central valley a priority. In his first term, Tom was appointed to the water bond working group which continues to work towards solving the water issues facing California. He has fought to protect the Williamson Act from budget cuts as well as rural county public safety funding.
Some of Tom's legislative highlights include:
• AB 2889 will increase fire protection during fire season by increasing CalFire staffing during peak fire times.
• AB 454 sought to protect rural farm land from development.
• AB 844 will confront the issue of metal theft by requiring payment by check with a three day hold in order to eliminate the quick cash fix which motivates the drug users committing this crime.
• AB 1559 addresses the critical nursing shortage by ensuring that those admitted to nursing school are adequately prepared to complete the programs. This will increase the graduation rate and result in more nurses for California.
• AB 565 was sponsored by the California Fire Chiefs Association and sought to update and strengthen the arson registry to aid investigators in solving arson crimes.
Tom has received the American Nurses Association/California Legislator of the Year for 2008, Friends of California Community Colleges Award for 2008 from California Community Colleges, and 2007 Outstanding Legislator of the Year from the California Sheriffs' Association.
The Berryhill family has a long history in the Central Valley. Public service, like farming, is a family calling. Assemblyman Berryhill's father, the late Clare Berryhill, was elected to both houses of the California Legislature, and also served the state as director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Assemblyman Berryhill lives in Modesto with his wife and has two daughters.
The 25th Assembly District is a large district that includes agricultural areas that feed the nation and contribute billions to the state's economy, as well as scenic locations that are a vital part of California history. The district includes the communities of Modesto, Riverbank, Oakdale, Chowchilla, Mammoth Lakes, Waterford, Sonora, Hughson, Angels Camp and Madera.