New Legislator Spotlight: State Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana)

Sept. 23, 2019

In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a member of California’s ten-member “freshman class” in the California State Senate.

On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector which employs over 311,000 Californians – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana). We look forward to working with Senator Umberg and his team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.

Official Senate Biography

State Senator Tom Umberg is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, former federal criminal prosecutor, three term state legislator, small business owner and Deputy Drug Czar for President Clinton.

Senator Umberg began his military service at the Korean DMZ and served three overseas tours. Umberg served active military duty in 2009, leading the U.S. military effort to attack corruption within the Afghan Army and Police, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.

As a federal criminal prosecutor, Senator Umberg had a 100% conviction rate, trying numerous white collar, civil rights and gang cases. He successfully tried over 100 cases to verdict or judgment.

Senator Umberg will continue working to keep our communities safe while also protecting the rights of workers, immigrants and women who deserve to be free from harassment and intimidation.

Senator Umberg served as Deputy Drug Czar for President Bill Clinton where he was responsible for foreign drug interdiction, counter-drug intelligence and international drug policy. Umberg has a deep understanding of the strategies and resources we need to stop the current opioid epidemic and to put an end to senseless gun violence in our communities.

Senator Umberg served three terms in the State Assembly, Umberg representing central Orange County. He worked across party lines, authoring 76 laws and bringing more than $563 million in funds to Orange County.

Senator Umberg founded and built a successful veteran-owned small business in Orange County, recognized as one of California’s preeminent boutique law firms by “Best Lawyers” and “The Daily Journal.” Senator Umberg knows how to run a local business and will be a strong advocate for local small businesses, cutting red tape and unnecessary regulation.

Senator Umberg lives in Orange County with his wife Robin, who is a Retired Brigadier General. They have three adult children and one grandchild.



  • Chair of Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
  • Chair Senate Select Committee on Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California
  • Co-Chair Joint Select Committee on the Census

Member of:

  • Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Senate Budget Committee – Subcommittee 4 on State Administration and General Government
  • Senate Housing Committee
  • Senate Transportation Committee
  • Joint Committee on Rules
  • Senate Select Committee on Aerospace and Defense
  • Senate Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs
  • Senate Select Committee on Manufactured Home Communities

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