Sharon Quirk-Silva

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Sharon Quirk-Silva
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 65th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded by Young Kim
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2014
Preceded by Chris Norby (redistricted)
Succeeded by Young Kim
Personal details
Born (1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jesus Silva
Residence Fullerton, California
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Politician

Sharon Quirk-Silva is an American politician who is a Democrat serving in the California State Assembly, representing the 65th Assembly District, encompassing parts of northern Orange County.

She was first elected to the Assembly in an upset, unseating Republican Assemblymember Chris Norby by a narrow margin in 2012. Quirk-Silva sought a second term in 2014, but was defeated by Republican Young Kim. She later recaptured her old Assembly seat after defeating Kim in a 2016 rematch.[1] Prior to her service in the Assembly, she was the Mayor of Fullerton and an elementary school teacher.

Election history[edit]


California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Young Kim 21,593 54.7
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 17,896 45.3
Total votes 39,489 100.0
General election
Republican Young Kim 42,376 54.6
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 35,204 45.4
Total votes 77,580 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic


California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 42,890 54.3
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 36,028 45.7
Total votes 78,918 100.0
General election
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 79,654 53.2
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 69,941 46.8
Total votes 149,595 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ "Assemblywoman Young Kim concedes in Orange County race against Sharon Quirk-Silva",, November 15, 2016; accessed November 18, 2016.

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