Bill Quirk is the incumbent Democratic candidate for District 20 in the California State Assembly where he has been serving since 2012. District 20 encompasses Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Sunol and North Fremont. Bill grew up near Boston as the oldest of seven siblings.
Quirk earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University at the age of 24. He then started his work at NASA where he helped develop the Goddard Institute Climate Model. Quirk later started work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he played a key role in the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Bill is the only rocket engineer to serve on the California State Legislature.
Bill Quirk started his public service with a tenure as a PTA president. He then served as President of Hayward Friends of the Library and Chair, Hayward Library Commission. He is a member of the Hayward Rotary, the Hayward Arts Council and the Hayward Area Historical Society. He also served from 2004 to 2012 on the Hayward City Council. While on the Council, Bill served on the Board of Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, and the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency. Quirk was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2012. He lives with his wife, Laura, in Hayward, where they raised their two children.