William W. Monning

Attorney at Law


Senator William “Bill” W. Monning (ret) served in the California State Assembly (2008-2012) and in the State Senate (2012-2020) and was named California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus prior to completion of his term in November 2020.

Before his tenure in the California State Legislature, Monning worked as an attorney and served as a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where he taught International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution courses and served as Director of the Graduate Program of International Trade and Commercial Diplomacy. He served as a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR). He also served as a faculty member and as the Director of the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at the Monterey College of Law. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Peru (2004) and Chile (2005).

Senator Monning has worked as an attorney and as a mediator on a range of cases including employment, wrongful termination, contract, airline crash, wrongful death & toxic torts, and in the international arena on trade dispute, WTO Accession, regional conflict, and political prisoner negotiations.

Senator Monning lives with his wife, Dr. Dana Kent in Carmel, Ca. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.