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California State Assembly District 52

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California State Assembly District 52
Current incumbentFreddie Rodriguez Democratic Party
Ethnicity25.7% Black, 69.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age65.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s fifty-second state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Freddie Rodriguez.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 451,939 civilians reside within California's fifty-second state assembly district.[2] California state senators represent an average of 465,674 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 420,000 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the California State Assembly serve two-year terms with term limits.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]

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).[5]


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.[8]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly 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 Freddie Rodriguez (D) and Dorothy F. Pineda (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Rodriguez defeated Pineda in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 52, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFreddie Rodriguez Incumbent 58.9% 27,877
     Republican Dorothy F. Pineda 41.1% 19,470
Total Votes 47,347


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Freddie Rodriguez (D) won election in a special election for California State Assembly District 52. The seat was vacant following Norma Torres's (D) election to the California State Senate on May 14, 2013. Rodriguez faced eight others in a July 23 blanket primary. As no candidate received more than fifty percent of the votes the top two vote-getters - Rodriguez and Paul Leon (I) - met in a runoff election on September 24, which Rodriguez won by a margin of 7,054 to 6,689 votes.[12][13][14][15][16]

California State Assembly, District 52, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFreddie Rodriguez 51.3% 7,630
     Independent Paul Leon 48.7% 7,230
Total Votes 14,860

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 52 have raised a total of $4,953,230. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $235,868 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 52
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $550,787 4 $137,697
2010 $774,206 2 $387,103
2008 $1,382,287 5 $276,457
2006 $607,869 1 $607,869
2004 $524,083 1 $524,083
2002 $837,458 5 $167,492
2000 $276,540 3 $92,180
Total $4,953,230 21 $235,868

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  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Public Mapping Project, “California 2010 Census Statistics,” November 7, 2013
  3. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
  4. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 California State Constitution, accessed December 16, 2013
  6. California Secretary of State, "Qualifications for State Legislature," accessed December 16, 2013
  7., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  8. Justia "California Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute, 1773-California Government Code)
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  12., "Gov. Brown announces special election to fill 52nd District," May 21, 2013
  13., "Nine candidates seek to replace Torres in Assembly," June 2, 2013
  14., "52ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT: Rodriguez wins special election," September 25, 2013
  15., "Official blanket primary results," accessed November 19, 2013
  16., "Official special election results," accessed November 19, 2013