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California State Senate District 1

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California State Senate District 1
Current incumbentTed Gaines Republican Party
Ethnicity3.8% Black, 11.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Ted Gaines.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 1,002,597 civilians reside within California's first state senate district.[2] California state senators represent an average of 931,349 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 846,791 residents.[4]

About the office

Members serve four-year terms with term limits.[5] The terms of the Senators are staggered so that half the membership is elected every two years. The senators representing odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. 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 senate, the Governor must call for a special election. The election must be called by the Governor within fourteen days of the vacancy being created. No special election can be held if the vacancy happened in an election year and the nominating deadline passed.[8]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of California State Senate 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 Ted Gaines and Julie Griffith-Flatter (D) defeated Les Baugh (R) and Bogdan Ambrozewicz (I) in the June 5 blanket primary, before defeating Griffith-Flatter in the general election.[9] [10]

California State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines Incumbent 63.7% 263,256
     Democratic Julie Griffith-Flatter 36.3% 150,111
Total Votes 413,367
California State Senate, District 1 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Griffith-Flatter 30% 68,497
     Republican Les Baugh 16.4% 37,441
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines Incumbent 48.3% 110,168
     Independent Bogdan Ambrozewicz 5.2% 11,923
Total Votes 228,029

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $3,221,510. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $146,432 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $480,898 4 $120,225
2010 $17,275 1 $17,275
2008 $446,276 2 $223,138
2006 $416,453 1 $416,453
2004 $779,649 5 $155,930
2002 $217,406 1 $217,406
2000 $863,553 8 $107,944
Total $3,221,510 22 $146,432

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