Alum, Instructor Tom Ammiano Pens Humorous Tell-All of Trailblazing Political Career

Friday, April 10, 2020
Photo of Tom Ammiano speaking at a 2009 marriage-equality rally
Photo by Kelly Huston

BAY AREA REPORTER -- After being termed out of his seat in 2014, Ammiano returned to the classroom, teaching at San Francisco State University and the private Jesuit-run University of San Francisco. He also returned to the comedy stage, with his 2016 solo show “Mincing Words” at The Marsh receiving rave reviews.

Throughout his political career, Ammiano made deft use of his comedic chops. The title of his memoir comes from his retort to Republican former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who made a surprise visit in 2009 to a fundraiser for the San Francisco Democratic Party. At the time, Ammiano was upset that the governor vetoed his bill aimed at protecting LGBT state prisoners and another bill focused on updating the gender of transgender individuals on their birth certificates.