California State Assembly District 80

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California State Assembly District 80
Current incumbentLorena Gonzalez Democratic Party
Ethnicity4% Black, 58.7% Hispanic[1]
Voting age72.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s eightieth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Lorena Gonzalez.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 546,875 civilians reside within California's eightieth 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 Lorena Gonzalez (D) was unopposed in the blanket primary and was unopposed in the general election.[9][10][11]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Lorena Gonzalez (D) won election in a special election for California State Assembly District 80. The seat was vacant following Ben Hueso's (D) election to the California State Senate on March 12, 2013. Gonzalez defeated Steve Castaneda (D) in the special election which took place on May 21, 2013.[12][13][14][15]

California State Assembly, District 80, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLorena Gonzalez 71.2% 18,125
     Democratic Steve Castaneda 26.1% 6,646
     Independent Lincoln Pickard (write-in) 0.5% 140
     Independent Kaiden Degas (write-in) 2.2% 548
Total Votes 25,459

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 80 have raised a total of $17,876,179. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $687,545 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 80
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $573,151 2 $286,576
2010 $1,875,849 2 $937,925
2008 $5,556,767 5 $1,111,353
2006 $3,752,364 3 $1,250,788
2004 $2,588,540 2 $1,294,270
2002 $3,193,948 7 $456,278
2000 $335,560 5 $67,112
Total $17,876,179 26 $687,545

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