Betsy Butler

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Betsy Butler
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Former candidate for
California State Senate, District 26
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 53
Bachelor'sSan Diego University
Place of birthSacramento, California
ProfessionDevelopment Director, Consumer Attorneys of CA
Campaign website
Betsy Butler was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 26 of the California State Senate.

Butler served in the California State Assembly, representing District 53 from 2010 to 2012. She was formerly an intern for and for . Butler also served on the staff of the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. She also interned for .


Butler earned her B.S. from San Diego University and graduated from the Executive Program in Management at the University of California Los Angeles. Her professional experience includes working as Director of Development for the Consumer Attorneys of California, as an intern for Senator Alan Cranston of the United States Senate, Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy of California and Assemblymember Lucy Killea.

Committee assignments


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



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. Ben Allen (D) and Sandra Fluke (D) defeated Barbi S. Appelquist (D), Betsy Butler (D), Amy Howorth (D), Vito Imbasciani (D), Patric M. Verrone (D) and Seth Stodder (I) in the blanket primary. Allen defeated Fluke in the general election.[1][2][3]

California State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Allen 60.3% 122,901
     Democratic Sandra Fluke 39.7% 80,781
Total Votes 203,682
California State Senate, District 26 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Allen 22.2% 25,987
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Fluke 19.4% 22,759
     Independent Seth Stodder 17.4% 20,419
     Democratic Betsy Butler 16.5% 19,301
     Democratic Amy Howorth 15.7% 18,411
     Democratic Vito Imbasciani 4.4% 5,189
     Democratic Patric M. Verrone 2.9% 3,446
     Democratic Barbi S. Appelquist 1.4% 1,630
Total Votes 117,142


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Butler ran for re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 50. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Torie Osborn (D) and Bradly Torgan (R). Butler was defeated by Richard Bloom (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 50.5% 93,445
     Democratic Betsy Butler Incumbent 49.5% 91,740
Total Votes 185,185
California State Assembly, District 50 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 25.6% 15,947
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Butler Incumbent 25.8% 16,084
     Democratic Torie Osborn 24.3% 15,155
     Republican Bradly Torgan 24.4% 15,227
Total Votes 62,413


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Butler defeated Kate Anderson, Nick Karno, James T. Lau, Edgar Saenz, Peter Luke Thottam, Diane M. Wallace, and Mitch Ward in the June 8 primary election. She then defeated Republican Nathan Mintz, Green Party candidate Lisa Ann Green, and Libertarian Ethan Musulin in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 53 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Butler (D) 73,344
Nathan Mintz (R) 62,770
Lisa Ann Green (G) 6,526
Ethan Musulin (L) 3,446
California House of Representatives, District 53 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Butler (D) 8,877
James T. Lau (D) 6,051
Nick Karno (D) 4,751
Mitch Ward (D) 4,555
Kate Anderson (D) 3,946
Peter Luke Thottam (D) 1,936
Edgar Saenz (D) 1,774
Diane M. Wallace (D) 1,376

Campaign donors


In 2010, Butler raised $936,214 in contributions.[8]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $34,735
Consumer Attorneys Of California $15,600
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Cmte $14,600
Peace Officers Research Association Of California $12,000



In 2014, Butler's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor (ret.)
  • Adam Schiff, Member of Congress
  • Juan Vargas, Member of Congress
  • Diane Watson, Member of Congress (ret.)
  • Marty Block, California State Senator
  • Lou Correa, California State Senator
  • Noreen Evans, California State Senator
  • Ed Hernandez, California State Senator
  • Ben Hueso, California State Senator
  • Ricardo Lara, California State Senator
  • Mark Leno, California State Senator
  • Holly Mitchell, California State Senator
  • Fran Pavley, California State Senator
  • Fiona Ma, Assembly Speaker pro Tem, California Assembly (ret.)
  • Cindy Montanez, California Assemblymember (ret.)
  • George Nakano, California Assemblymember (ret.)
  • John Frierson, Chair, California Athletic Commission*
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Curren Price, Jr., Los Angeles City Councilmember

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Lieu (D)
California Assembly District 53
Succeeded by
John Perez (D)