Ben Hueso

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Ben Hueso
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California State Senate District 40
In office
March 21, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 6, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedMarch 12, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
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 as a council member for the City of San Diego 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.

Committee assignments


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:



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 take place 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)[1] in the blanket primary. Hueso will face Estrada in the general election.[2][3]

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


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.[4][5][6][7][8]

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


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.[9][10]

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


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.[11][12]

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.[13]

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


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
Total Raised in 2012$571,783
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Hueso raised $755,078 in contributions.[14]

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


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[15]


Hueso and his wife, Laura, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Vargas (D)
California State Senate District 40
March 21, 2013–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Manuel Perez (D)
California State Assembly District 80
Succeeded by
Lorena Gonzalez (D)
Preceded by
Mary Salas (D)
California Assembly District 79
Succeeded by
Shirley Weber (D)