Anthony Cannella

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Anthony Cannella
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California State Senate District 12
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Davis
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Personal website
Anthony Cannella (b. 1969) is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Cannella earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis. His professional experience includes serving on the Planning Commission of the City of Ceres for four years. He also served on the Ceres City Council from 2003 to 2005. He has served as Mayor of the City of Ceres since 2005.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cannella served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Vice-chair
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governmental Organization
Natural Resources and Water, Vice-chair
Transportation and Housing
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Legislative Audit
Joint Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cannella served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Cannella's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Supporting Agriculture
Excerpt: "Misguided water policies, unprecedented regulations, and excessive taxation have damaged California’s agricultural economy."
  • Creating Better Paying Jobs
Excerpt: "In the Senate, he will continue his efforts to improve the local business climate so businesses can grow and create new job opportunities. He will protect employers from countless regulatory hurdles that keep them from hiring more of our people."
  • Making Neighborhoods Safer
Excerpt: "As Mayor, Anthony made public safety his highest priority. Anthony beefed up firefighting efforts and helped save lives and property by lowering response times by emergency responders."
  • Water
Excerpt: "As Mayor, Anthony worked with staff to ensure the City had reliable water supplies and a better delivery system. He made well development and well rehabilitation a top priority."
  • Improving Educational Opportunities
Excerpt: "As Mayor, Anthony has worked closely with school officials to keep students safe and lower the dropout rate."
  • Demand Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "As Mayor, Anthony took a budget that was $2 million in the red and balanced it. He made cuts by reviewing the budget on a line-by-line basis."
  • Fighting for our District
Excerpt: "Anthony Cannella knows that Los Angeles and San Francisco get an unfair share of the state’s budget and that inequity hurts everyone of us."
  • Oppose Higher Taxes
Excerpt: "Hard working Californians can’t afford higher taxes and the state’s economy can’t afford another round of job-killing tax hikes."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Anthony will push to expand health care options for employees by allowing them to purchase health insurance through a licensed provider."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Anthony Cannella (R) and Shawn K. Bagley (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Cannella will face Bagley in the general election.[2][3]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Cannella won election in the 2010 election for California State Senate District 12. Cannella ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary and defeated Anna Caballero (D) in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

California State Senate, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony Cannella (R) 92,270
Anna Caballero (D) 86,963

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cannella is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Cannella raised a total of $2,835,815 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[5]

Anthony Cannella's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $658,286
2010 California State Senate, District 12 Won $2,177,529
Grand Total Raised $2,835,815


Cannella was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cannella raised a total of $658,286.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Anthony Cannella's campaign in 2012
Farmers Insurance Group$8,900
Engineering Utility Contractors Association$7,800
Philip Morris$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$658,286
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Cannella raised $2,177,529 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Republican Party $1,120,408
Republican Party Of Stanislaus County $174,000
Republican Party Of Tulare County $29,000
California Building Industry Association $11,700


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[7]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[8]


Cannella and his wife, Julie, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Denham
California State Senate District 12
Succeeded by