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California State Senate District 20

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California State Senate District 20
Current incumbentAlex Padilla Democratic Party
Ethnicity4.9% Black, 61.3% Hispanic
Voting age73.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
California’s twentieth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Alex Padilla.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 886,558 civilians reside within California's twentieth state senate district.[1] California state senators represent an average of 931,349 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 846,791 residents.[3]

About the office

Members serve four-year terms with term limits.[4] 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.[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 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.[7]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate 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. Connie M. Leyva (D) and Matthew Munson (R) defeated Shannon O'Brien (D), Sylvia Robles (D) and Alfonso "Al" Sanchez (D) in the blanket primary. Leyva defeated Munson in the general election.[8][9]

California State Senate, District 20 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Munson 33% 14,124
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngConnie M. Leyva 21.3% 9,096
     Democratic Alfonso Sanchez 18.6% 7,958
     Democratic Shannon O'Brien 15.8% 6,769
     Democratic Sylvia Robles 11.3% 4,843
Total Votes 42,790


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of California State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 6, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2010. Incumbent Alex Padilla (D) defeated Kathleen Evans (R) and Adrian Galysh (L) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the June 8 primary.[10] [11]

California State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Padilla Incumbent 68.4% 94,356
     Republican Kathleen Evans 27.1% 37,420
     Libertarian Adrian Galysh 4.5% 6,245
Total Votes 138,021

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 20 have raised a total of $6,275,365. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $570,488 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $8,680 1 $8,680
2010 $1,198,001 3 $399,334
2008 $933,779 1 $933,779
2006 $2,885,493 3 $961,831
2004 $191,384 1 $191,384
2002 $633,938 1 $633,938
2000 $424,090 1 $424,090
Total $6,275,365 11 $570,488

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