Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: California Congressional Seats

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December 4, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: California had 53 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 46 incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, with 39 of them being successfully re-elected.

The following incumbents lost in the general election:

As a result of the election, Democrats picked up four U.S. House seats in California.

Here are the candidates who won election from California.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Jim Reed
Republican Party Doug La Malfa
Mike Thompson Republican PartyDoug La Malfa Yes
2nd Democratic Party Jared Huffman
Republican Party Daniel Roberts
Wally Herger Democratic PartyJared Huffman Yes
3rd Democratic Party John Garamendi
Republican Party Kim Dolbow Vann
Dan Lungren Democratic PartyJohn Garamendi Yes
4th Democratic Party Jack Uppal
Republican Party Tom McClintock
Tom McClintock Republican PartyTom McClintock No
5th Democratic Party Mike Thompson
Republican Party Randy Loftin
Doris Matsui Democratic PartyMike Thompson No
6th Democratic Party Doris Matsui
Republican Party Joseph McCray, Sr.
Lynn Woolsey Democratic Party Doris Matsui No
7th Democratic Party Ami Bera
Republican PartyDan Lungren
George Miller Democratic Party Ami Bera No
8th Republican Party Paul Cook
Republican Party Gregg Imus
Nancy Pelosi Republican Party Paul Cook Yes
9th Democratic Party Jerry McNerney
Republican Party Ricky Gill
Barbara Lee Democratic Party Jerry McNerney No
10th Democratic Party Jose Hernandez
Republican Party Jeff Denham
John Garamendi Republican Party Jeff Denham Yes
11th Democratic Party George Miller
Republican Party Virginia Fuller
Jerry McNerney Democratic Party George Miller No
12th Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi
Republican Party John Dennis
Jackie Speier Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi No
13th Democratic Party Barbara Lee
Independent Marilyn Singleton
Pete Stark Democratic Party Barbara Lee No
14th Democratic Party Jackie Speier
Republican Party Deborah Bacigalupi
Anna Eshoo Democratic Party Jackie Speier No
15th Democratic Party Pete Stark
Democratic Party Eric Swalwell
Mike Honda Democratic Party Eric Swalwell No
16th Democratic Party Jim Costa
Republican PartyBrian Daniel Whelan
Zoe Lofgren Democratic Party Jim Costa No
17th Democratic Party Mike Honda
Republican Party Evelyn Li
Sam Farr Democratic Party Mike Honda No
18th Democratic Party Anna Eshoo
Republican Party Dave Chapman
Dennis Cardoza Democratic Party Anna Eshoo No
19th Democratic Party Zoe Lofgren
Republican Party Robert Murray
Jeff Denham Democratic Party Zoe Lofgren Yes
20th Democratic Party Sam Farr
Republican Party Jeff Taylor
Jim Costa Democratic Party Sam Farr No
21st Democratic Party John Hernandez
Republican Party David Valadao
Devin Nunes Republican Party David Valadao No
22nd Democratic Party Otto Lee
Republican Party Devin Nunes
Kevin McCarthy Republican Party Devin Nunes No
23rd Republican Party Kevin McCarthy
Independent Terry Phillips
Lois Capps Republican Party Kevin McCarthy Yes
24th Democratic Party Lois Capps
Republican Party Abel Maldonado
Elton Gallegly Democratic Party Lois Capps Yes
25th Democratic PartyLee Rogers
Republican PartyHoward McKeon
Howard McKeon Republican PartyHoward McKeon No
26th Democratic Party Julia Brownley
Republican Party Tony Strickland
David Dreier Democratic Party Julia Brownley Yes
27th Democratic Party Judy Chu
Republican PartyJack Orswell
Brad Sherman Democratic Party Judy Chu No
28th Democratic Party Adam Schiff
Republican Party Phil Jennerjahn
Howard Berman Democratic Party Adam Schiff No
29th Democratic Party Tony Cardenas
Independent David Hernandez
Adam Schiff Democratic Party Tony Cardenas No
30th Democratic Party Howard Berman
Democratic Party Brad Sherman
Henry Waxman Democratic Party Brad Sherman No
31st Republican Party Bob Dutton
Republican Party Gary Miller
Xavier Becerra Republican Party Gary Miller Yes
32nd Democratic Party Grace Napolitano
Republican Party David Miller
Judy Chu Democratic Party Grace Napolitano No
33rd Democratic Party Henry Waxman
Independent Bill Bloomfield
Karen Bass Democratic Party Henry Waxman No
34th Democratic Party Xavier Becerra
Republican Party Stephen Smith
Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic Party Xavier Becerra No
35th Democratic Party Joe Baca
Democratic Party Gloria Negrete McLeod
Maxine Waters Democratic Party Gloria Negrete McLeod No
36th Democratic Party Raul Ruiz
Republican PartyMary Bono Mack
Janice Hahn Democratic PartyRaul Ruiz No
37th Democratic Party Karen Bass
Republican Party Morgan Osborne
Laura Richardson Democratic Party Karen Bass No
38th Democratic Party Linda Sanchez
Republican Party Benjamin Campos
Grace Napolitano Democratic Party Linda Sanchez No
39th Democratic Party Jay Chen
Republican Party Edward R. Royce
Linda Sanchez Republican Party Edward R. Royce Yes
40th Democratic Party Lucille Roybal-Allard
Democratic Party David Sanchez
Edward Royce Democratic Party Lucille Roybal-Allard Yes
41st Democratic Party Mark Takano
Republican Party John Tavaglione
Jerry Lewis Democratic Party Mark Takano Yes
42nd Democratic Party Michael Williamson
Republican Party Ken Calvert
Gary Miller Republican Party Ken Calvert No
43rd Democratic Party Bob Flores
Democratic Party Maxine Waters
Joe Baca Democratic Party Maxine Waters No
44th Democratic PartyJanice Hahn
Democratic PartyLaura Richardson
Ken Calvert Democratic PartyJanice Hahn Yes
45th Democratic Party Sukhee Kang
Republican Party John Campbell
Mary Bono Mack Republican Party John Campbell No
46th Democratic Party Loretta Sanchez
Republican PartyJerry Hayden
Dana Rohrabacher Democratic Party Loretta Sanchez Yes
47th Democratic Party Alan Lowenthal
Republican Party Gary DeLong
Loretta Sanchez Democratic Party Alan Lowenthal No
48th Democratic Party Ron Varasteh
Republican Party Dana Rohrabacher
John Campbell Republican Party Dana Rohrabacher No
49th Democratic Party Jerry Tetalman
Republican Party Darrell Issa
Darrell Issa Republican Party Darrell Issa No
50th Democratic Party David Secor
Republican Party Duncan Hunter
Brian Bilbray Republican Party Duncan Hunter No
51st Democratic Party Juan Vargas
Republican Party Michael Crimmins
Bob Filner Democratic Party Juan Vargas No
52nd Democratic Party Scott Peters
Republican Party Brian Bilbray
Duncan Hunter Democratic Party Scott Peters Yes
53rd Democratic Party Susan Davis
Republican Party Nick Popaditch
Susan Davis Democratic Party Susan Davis No

Members of the U.S. House from California -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 34 38
     Republican Party 19 15
Total 53 53

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also