|California State Senate District 40|
|March 21, 2013 - Present|
|December 2, 2018|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||March 12, 2013|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
|Term limits||12 years|
|California State Assembly|
|San Diego City Council|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Profession||Small business owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Controversies
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
He previously served as a member of the California State Assembly, representing District 80 from 2012 to 2013. He also represented District 79 from 2010 to 2012 and served on the San Diego City Council from 2006 to 2010.
Hueso earned his B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles. He went on to complete postgraduate work in Community and Economic Development from San Diego State University. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner/operator.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hueso served on the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Banking and Financial Institutions|
|• Energy, Utilities and Communications, Chair|
|• Governmental Organization|
|• Natural Resources and Water|
|• Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hueso served on the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hueso served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Housing and Community Development|
|• Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy|
|• Local Government|
|• Water, Parks and Wildlife|
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Ben Hueso (D) and Rafael Estrada (D) defeated write-in candidate Michael Diaz (R) in the blanket primary. Hueso defeated Estrada in the general election.
|California State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Ben Hueso Incumbent||54.9%||58,880|
|California State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2014|
|Democratic||Ben Hueso Incumbent||71.8%||45,249|
|Republican||Michael Diaz (Write-in)||0.3%||188|
Hueso won a special election for California State Senate District 40. The seat was vacant following Juan Vargas's (D) election to the 51st Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. Hueso (D) defeated Anna Nevenic (D), Hector Gastelum (R) and Xanthi Gionis (R) in the special election on March 12, 2013.
Hueso won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 80. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 79. He and Derrick Roach (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|California State Assembly, District 80, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ben Hueso Incumbent||69.6%||76,225|
|Republican||Derrick W. Roach||30.4%||33,260|
|California State Assembly, District 79 General Election (2010)|
|Ben Hueso (D)||46,349|
|Derrick Roach (R)||27,545|
|California House of Representatives, District 79 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Ben Hueso (D)||10,826|
|Pearl Quinones (D)||7,612|
|Jack Doyle (D)||4,201|
Comprehensive donor information for Hueso is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hueso raised a total of $1,326,861 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.
|Ben Hueso's Campaign Contribution History|
|2013||California State Senate, District 40||$0|
|2012||California State Assembly, District 80||$571,783|
|2010||California State Assembly, District 79||$755,078|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,326,861|
2012Hueso won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Hueso raised a total of $571,783.
|California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ben Hueso's campaign in 2012|
|California State Council of Laborers||$15,600|
|California State Association of Electrical Workers||$12,800|
|Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16||$11,800|
|California Teachers Association||$11,400|
|Total Raised in 2012||$571,783|
|Source: Follow the Money|
In 2010, Hueso raised $755,078 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|California Association Of Realtors||$11,700|
|Consumer Attorneys Of California||$10,300|
|California Medical Association||$9,800|
In 2014, Hueso's endorsements included the following:
- California Teachers Association
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- Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
- Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.
Hueso and his wife, Laura, have four children.
Hueso was arrested on the morning of August 22, 2014, under suspicion of DUI. The legislator was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers while driving the wrong way on a one-way street in a state vehicle near the capitol. Hueso pleaded no contest to a wet reckless charge. The plea required that Hueso serve three years of probation, a $240 fine and a six-week alchohol program.
Hueso released the following statement about the event:
|“||I am truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night. As someone who cares deeply about the public safety, I sincerely apologize to my family, my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate for breaching the trust they’ve all placed in me. I accept complete personal responsibility for my actions and any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident. I will also engage in immediate, corrective actions to ensure this kind of personal conduct is never repeated.||”|
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- California State Legislature
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- Ben Hueso for Senate campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- [senate.ca.gov, "Biography," accessed September 26, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Write-in Candidates for the June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election," accessed May 24, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
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- Imperial Valley Press, "Special election will fill seat vacated by Vargas," November 14, 2012
- U-T San Diego, "2 REPUBLICANS JOIN STATE SENATE RACE," January 19, 2013
- SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
- sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Hueso, Ben," accessed September 14, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- eiaonline.com, "Personal Incident?" October 6, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
- Los Angeles Times, "California Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of drunk driving," August 22, 2014
- NBC San Diego, "State Sen. Ben Hueso to Serve 3 Years' Probation in DUI Case," December 18, 2014
- Business Insider, "California State Senator Arrested For Drunk Driving Hours After Voting To Toughen Regulations On Uber," August 25, 2014
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Juan Vargas (D)
|California State Senate District 40
March 21, 2013–present
| Succeeded by|
Manuel Perez (D)
|California State Assembly District 80
| Succeeded by|
Lorena Gonzalez (D)
Mary Salas (D)
|California Assembly District 79
| Succeeded by|
Shirley Weber (D)