California State Assembly elections, 2012

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California State Assembly2012 California Senate Elections

Elections for the office of California State Assembly were held in California on November 6, 2012. All 80 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2012. The primary election day was June 5, 2012.

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Blanket primary

This was the first election year in which California's Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act was in effect. Because of this, all candidates for a seat competed in one blanket primary. The two candidates who received the most votes then advanced to the general election on November 6.

The proposition's intent was to encourage primary competition, which backers of the act said would lead to more moderate legislators being elected. Despite this intention, only a few centrists successfully advanced to the general election. The primary results did reflect an increase in competition, with California's percentage of contested primaries being much higher than the nationwide average.[1]

However, the increase in competition has also led to an increase in campaign spending, due to the fact that competition within political parties will last for the entire year rather than ending after the primary. Experts predict that this will only increase the power of the special interest groups that fund the campaigns.[1]

Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., said the following, "It's hard to argue it's a better system where the incumbent congressman has a huge war chest and nobody else has any money... At least now we can make him spend it."[1]

There were nineteen same-party races in the state legislature in November. Nine congressional districts also had same-party candidates battling.[2] Of the total 28 same-party contests, a study by the Public Policy Institute of California rated only twelve as actually competitive. Minor party candidates, meanwhile, were only able to make it to the general election in three races.[3]

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Alyson Huber Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 10
Anthony Portantino, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 44
Bill Berryhill Ends.png Republican Assembly District 26
Bill Monning Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 27
Cameron Smyth Ends.png Republican Assembly District 38
Cathleen Galgiani Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 17
Charles Calderon Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 58
David G. Valadao Ends.png Republican Assembly District 30
Felipe Fuentes Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 39
Fiona Ma Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 12
Gerald Hill Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 19
Gilbert Cedillo Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 45
James Beall Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 24
Jared Huffman Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 6
Jeff Miller Ends.png Republican Assembly District 71
Jim Nielsen Ends.png Republican Assembly District 2
Jim Silva Ends.png Republican Assembly District 67
Jose Solorio Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 69
Julia Brownley Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 41
Kevin Jeffries Ends.png Republican Assembly District 66
Linda Halderman Ends.png Republican Assembly District 29
Martin Block Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 78
Martin Garrick Ends.png Republican Assembly District 74
Mary Hayashi Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 18
Mike Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 48
Mike Eng Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 49
Mike Feuer Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 42
Nathan Fletcher Ends.png Republican Assembly District 75
Paul Cook Ends.png Republican Assembly District 65
Ricardo Lara Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 50
Sandré Swanson Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 16
Stephen Knight Ends.png Republican Assembly District 36
Tony Mendoza Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 56
Warren Furutani Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 55
Wilmer Carter Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 62

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state houses

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the California State Assembly:

California State Assembly
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 52 56
     Republican Party 28 24
Total 80 80


Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state assembly in California in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state assembly races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[4]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 275 $77,405,341
2008 236 $84,386,698
2006 285 $91,726,959
2004 264 $94,287,806
2002 279 $73,822,064

In the 2010 elections, the candidates running for the Assembly raised a total of $77,405,341 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were:[5]

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $6,711,171
California Republican Party $1,759,884
Sacramento County Democratic Central Cmte $612,026
California Association of Realtors $585,754
California Teachers Association $580,141
Los Angeles County Democratic Party $556,653
AT&T $519,778
California Dental Association $499,849
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $442,300
California State Council of Laborers $424,500

Qualifications

To run for Member of the Assembly, the candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter in the district at the time nomination papers are issued and may not have served three terms in the State Assembly since November 6, 1990. According to Article IV of the California Constitution, the candidate must have one year of residency in the legislative district and California residency for three years.

Term limits

Anthony Portantino, Jr. represented District 44 of the California State Assembly from 2006 until 2012. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

The California State Assembly has been a term-limited state house since California voters approved Proposition 140 in 1990. Under the terms of Proposition 140, the members of the state assembly can serve no more than three 2-year terms in the state assembly. This is a lifetime limit, as is the case in five other states with state legislative term limits.

There are 80 members in the state assembly, and 22 of them (27.5%) were termed-out in 2012. Of them, 17 were Democratic and 5 were Republican.

In addition to the 22 California state representatives who left office because of term limits, 6 California state senators were also termed-out.

California state representatives whose seats were up for election in 2012 but who were unable to run because of the state's term limits were:

Democrats (17):

Republicans (5):

Impact of redistricting

New legislative maps were approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on August 15, 2011. With an ideal district population of 465,674, the commission said it "was able to respect many local communities of interest and group similar communities" but had issues with keeping larger and denser ones together. California's Assembly districts. Eleven counties and 20 cities with populations less than that of a Senate district were split.[6] Some Democrats are hopeful of obtaining a two-thirds majority in the Senate, while skepticism remains about the assembly. The institution of a blanket primary also added uncertainty to the 2012 race.[7]

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District 1

Note: Incumbent Wesley Chesbro (D) won re-election in District 2.

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District 2

Note: Incumbent Jim Nielsen (R) did not run for re-election.

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District 3

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District 4

Note: Incumbent Beth Gaines (R) won re-election in District 6.

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District 5

Note: Incumbent Richard Pan (D) won re-election in District 9.

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District 6

Note: Incumbent Jared Huffman (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. He won election to the U.S. House in California's 2nd Congressional District.

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District 7

Note: Incumbent Michael Allen (D) ran for re-election in District 10.

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District 8

Note: Incumbent Mariko Yamada (D) won re-election in District 4.

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Note: Chris Parker (D) initially filed to run for the seat, but he withdrew before the primary election.

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District 9

Note: Incumbent Roger Dickinson (D) won re-election in District 7.

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District 10

Note: Incumbent Alyson Huber did not run for re-election.

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District 11

Note: Incumbent Susan Bonilla (D) won re-election in District 14.

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District 12

Note: Incumbent Fiona Ma (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 13

Note: Incumbent Tom Ammiano (D) ran for re-election in District 17.

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District 14

Note: Incumbent Nancy Skinner (D) won re-election in District 15.

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  • Democratic Party Susan Bonilla: 54,832 Approveda Incumbent Bonilla first assumed office in 2010.

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District 15

Note: Incumbent Joan Buchanan (D) won re-election in District 16.

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District 16

Note: Incumbent Sandre Swanson (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 17

Note: Incumbent Cathleen Galgiani (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. She ran for election to District 5 of the Senate.

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District 18

Note: Incumbent Mary Hayashi (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 19

Note: Incumbent Gerald Hill (D) won election to District 13 of the Senate.

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District 20

Note: Incumbent Bob Wieckowski (D) won re-election in District 25.

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District 21

Note: Incumbent Rich Gordon (D) won re-election in District 24.

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District 22

Note: Incumbent Paul Fong (D) won re-election in District 28.

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District 23

Note: Incumbent Nora Campos (D) won re-election in District 27.

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District 24

Note: Incumbent James Beall Jr. (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. He won election to District 15 of the Senate.

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District 25

Note: Incumbent Kristin Olsen (R) won re-election in District 12.

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District 26

Note: Incumbent Bill Berryhill (R) ran for election to District 5 of the Senate.

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District 27

Note: Incumbent Bill Monning (D) won election to District 17 of the Senate.

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District 28

Note: Incumbent Luis Alejo (D) won re-election in District 30.

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District 29

Note: Incumbent Linda Halderman (R) did not run for re-election.

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District 30

Note: Incumbent David G. Valadao (R) won election to the U.S. House in California's 21st Congressional District.

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District 31

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District 32

Note: Incumbent Shannon Grove (R) won re-election in District 34.

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District 33

Note: Incumbent K.H. Achadjian (R) won re-election in District 35.

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District 34

Note: Incumbent Connie Conway (R) won re-election in District 26.

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District 35

Note: Incumbent Das Williams (D) won re-election in District 37.

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District 36

Note: Incumbent Stephen Knight (R) won election to District 21 of the Senate.

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Note: Smith was the presumed winner, but on December 2, 2012 the vote total put Fox ahead of Smith by 145 votes. Smith did not seek a recount.[9]

District 37

Note: Incumbent Jeff Gorell (R) won re-election in District 44.

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District 38

Note: Incumbent Cameron Smyth (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 39

Note: Incumbent Felipe Fuentes (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 40

Note: Incumbent Bob Blumenfield (D) won re-election in District 45.

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District 41

Note: Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. She won election to the U.S. House in California's 26th Congressional District.

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District 42

Note: Incumbent Mike Feuer (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 43

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District 44

Note: Incumbent Anthony Portantino, Jr. (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 45

Note: Incumbent Gilbert Cedillo (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 46

Note: Incumbent John Perez (D) won re-election in District 53.

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District 47

Note: Incumbent Holly J. Mitchell (D) won re-election in District 54.

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District 48

Note: Incumbent Mike Davis (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 49

Note: Incumbent Mike Eng (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 50

Note: Incumbent Ricardo Lara (D) won election to District 33 of the Senate.

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District 51

Note: Incumbent Steve Bradford (D) won re-election in District 62.

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District 52

Note: Incumbent Isadore Hall, III (D) won re-election in District 64.

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District 53

Note: Incumbent Betsy Butler (D) ran for re-election in District 50.

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District 54

Note: Incumbent Bonnie Lowenthal (D) won re-election in District 70.

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District 55

Note: Incumbent Warren Furutani (D) did not run for re-election.

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District 56

Note: Incumbent Tony Mendoza (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 57

Note: Incumbent Roger Hernandez (D) ran for re-election in District 48.

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District 58

Note: Incumbent Charles Calderon (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 59

Note: Incumbent Tim Donnelly (R) won re-election in District 33.

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District 60

Note: Incumbent Curt Hagman (R) won re-election in District 55.

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District 61

Note: Incumbent Norma Torres (D) won re-election in District 52.

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District 62

Note: Incumbent Wilmer Carter (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 63

Note: Incumbent Mike Morrell (D) won for re-election in District 40.

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District 64

Note: Incumbent Brian Nestande (R) won re-election in District 42.

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District 65

Note: Incumbent Paul Cook (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. He won election to the U.S. House in California's 8th Congressional District.

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District 66

Note: Incumbent Kevin Jeffries (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 67

Note: Incumbent Jim Silva (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 68

Note: Incumbent Allan Mansoor (R) won re-election in District 74.

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District 69

Note: Incumbent Jose Solorio (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 70

Note: Incumbent Donald P. Wagner (R) won re-election in District 68.

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District 71

Note: Incumbent Jeff Miller (R) ran for election to District 31 of the Senate.

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District 72

Note: Incumbent Chris Norby (R) ran for re-election in District 65.

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District 73

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District 74

Note: Incumbent Martin Garrick (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 75

Note: Incumbent Nathan Fletcher (R) did not run for re-election.

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District 76

Note: Incumbent Toni Atkins (D) won re-election in District 78.

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District 77

Note: Incumbent Brian Jones (R) won re-election in District 71.

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District 78

Note: Incumbent Martin Block (D) won election to District 39 of the Senate.

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District 79

Note: Incumbent Ben Hueso (D) won re-election in District 80.

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District 80

Note: Incumbent Manuel Perez (D) won re-election in District 56.

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