Ben Hueso

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Ben Hueso
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California State Senate District 40
Incumbent
In office
March 21, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 12, 2013
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2010-2013
San Diego City Council
2006-2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ben Hueso is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber on March 12, 2013.

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.

Biography

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.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

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.[2][3][4][5]

California State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 54.9% 58,880
     Democratic Rafael Estrada 45.1% 48,397
Total Votes 107,277
California State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 71.8% 45,249
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRafael Estrada 27.9% 17,547
     Republican Michael Diaz (Write-in) 0.3% 188
Total Votes 62,984

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

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.[6][7][8][9][10]

California State Senate, District 40, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso 53.1% 29,367
     Democratic Anna Nevenic 10.4% 5,740
     Republican Hector Gastelum 21.6% 11,951
     Republican Xanthi Gionis 14.9% 8,243
Total Votes 55,301

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

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.[11][12]

California State Assembly, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 69.6% 76,225
     Republican Derrick W. Roach 30.4% 33,260
Total Votes 109,485

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Hueso defeated Jack Doyle and Pearl Quinones in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Derrick Roach in the November 2 general election.[13][14]

California State Assembly, District 79 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Hueso (D) 46,349
Derrick Roach (R) 27,545
California House of Representatives, District 79 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Hueso (D) 10,826
Pearl Quinones (D) 7,612
Jack Doyle (D) 4,201

Campaign donors

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.[15]

Ben Hueso's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2013 California State Senate, District 40 Won $0
2012 California State Assembly, District 80 Won $571,783
2010 California State Assembly, District 79 Won $755,078
Grand Total Raised $1,326,861

2012

Hueso 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
Verizon$8,800
Total Raised in 2012$571,783
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Hueso raised $755,078 in contributions.[16]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $11,700
Consumer Attorneys Of California $10,300
California Medical Association $9,800

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Hueso's endorsements included the following:

  • California Teachers Association[17]

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2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[18]

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."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[19]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
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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.

Personal

Hueso and his wife, Laura, have four children.[1]

Controversies

DUI arrest

Hueso was arrested on the morning of August 22, 2014, under suspicion of DUI. Hueso 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 faces two possible misdemeanor charges. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D) said that he would likely take away Hueso's ability to use state vehicles.[20]

Hueso released the following statement about the event:[21]

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.[22]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 [senate.ca.gov, "Biography," accessed September 26, 2014
  2. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Write-in Candidates for the June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election," accessed May 24, 2014
  3. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  4. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  5. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named casched
  7. Imperial Valley Press, "Special election will fill seat vacated by Vargas," November 14, 2012
  8. U-T San Diego, "2 REPUBLICANS JOIN STATE SENATE RACE," January 19, 2013
  9. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  10. sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Hueso, Ben," accessed September 14, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  17. eiaonline.com, "Personal Incident?" October 6, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  20. Los Angeles Times, "California Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of drunk driving," August 22, 2014
  21. Business Insider, "California State Senator Arrested For Drunk Driving Hours After Voting To Toughen Regulations On Uber," August 25, 2014
  22. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Vargas (D)
California State Senate District 40
March 21, 2013–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Manuel Perez (D)
California State Assembly District 80
2012-2013
Succeeded by
Lorena Gonzalez (D)
Preceded by
Mary Salas (D)
California Assembly District 79
2010-present
Succeeded by
Shirley Weber (D)