Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly

Accomplishments

Veterans

More than 130,000 veterans call Orange County home.

Sharon Quirk-Silva thinks they ought to have a National Veterans Cemetery close to home—so she authored legislation to create one in Orange County—proposed for the Great Park in Irvine.

As chair of the Assembly Veterans Committee, Sharon Quirk-Silva fights for veterans. In her first term in the Legislature, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva authored the Veteran Privacy and Protection Act of 2014 as well as fought for an additional $3 million allocation for County Veteran service officers.

Fiscal Pragmatism

When Sharon Quirk-Silva was elected in 2012, California was in debt and there was no money stored for fiscal emergencies.

Partnering with the Governor and other Legislative leaders, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva worked to pass two on-time budgets and set the stage for a rainy day fund.  For the first time in many years, the State of California is not only out of debt—there are surplus funds available to invest and ensure a brighter tomorrow.

College Students

College is the key to a successful future for many California students.  But costs and debt can quickly spiral out of control.

That’s why Sharon Quirk-Silva was proud to co-author the Middle Class Scholarship Act that reduced the cost of a CSU or UC education by up to 40% for some students that often just miss the cutoff for financial aid.  Further—she authored legislation to expand the Cal Grant program so more kids can afford college.

Local Leadership

A long running dispute with the state almost cost Orange County $53 million in Vehicle License Fee revenue.  Public safety especially was at risk.

Thanks to her Assembly Bill 701, she was able to broker a deal for a new Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Account that would have meant lost jobs and fewer police on the street.