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California State Assembly District 16
Current incumbentJoan Buchanan Democratic Party
Ethnicity25.1% Black, 20.8% Hispanic
Voting age78.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
California’s sixteenth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Joan Buchanan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 416,812 civilians reside within California's sixteenth state assembly district.[1] California state senators represent an average of 465,674 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 420,000 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the California State Assembly serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] California legislators assume office one month after election (December).


According to Article IV of the California Constitution, the candidate must be a United States Citizen, a resident of California for three years, a resident of the legislative district for one year and a registered voter in that district by the time nomination papers are filed.[5]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the California legislature are paid $95,291 per year. They are also given per diem of $141.86 per day in session.[6]

Term limis

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Since the passage of Prop 28 in 2012, legislators first elected on or after November 6, 2012 are limited to a maximum of 12 years. Prop 140, passed in 1990, effects any members elected prior to November 6, 2012 and limits them to a maximum of two four-year terms (eight years).[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election. The election must be called by the Governor within fourteen days of the vacancy. No special election can be held if the vacancy happened in an election year and the nominating deadline passed.[7]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Tim Sbranti (D) and Catharine Baker (R) defeated Newell Arnerich (D) and Steve Glazer (D) in the blanket primary. Sbranti will face Baker in the general election.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 16 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Baker 36.7% 31,632
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Sbranti 29.2% 25,217
     Democratic Steve Glazer 22.8% 19,636
     Democratic Newell Arnerich 11.4% 9,794
Total Votes 86,279


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of California State Assembly consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2012. Incumbent Joan Buchanan (D) and Al Phillips (R) advanced past the June 5 blanket primary unopposed, before Buchanan defeated Phillips in the general election.[10] [11]

California State Assembly, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Buchanan Incumbent 59.2% 125,952
     Republican Al Phillips 40.8% 86,803
Total Votes 212,755

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 16 have raised a total of $4,453,964. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $212,094 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $665,872 2 $332,936
2010 $643,331 3 $214,444
2008 $477,439 2 $238,720
2006 $1,581,993 5 $316,399
2004 $193,841 2 $96,921
2002 $362,375 3 $120,792
2000 $529,113 4 $132,278
Total $4,453,964 21 $212,094

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