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California State Senate District 22

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California State Senate District 22
Current incumbentKevin de León Democratic Party
Ethnicity6.2% Black, 66.6% Hispanic[1]
Voting age73.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
California’s twenty-second state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Kevin de León.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 843,734 civilians reside within California's twenty-second 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, 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. Incumbent Ed Hernandez (D) was unopposed in the blanket primary and defeated write-in candidate Marc Rodriguez (R)[9] in the general election.[10][11][12]

California State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Hernandez Incumbent 64.8% 63,570
     Republican Marc Rodriguez 35.2% 34,468
Total Votes 98,038


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. Kevin de León defeated Alejandro Menchaca, Edward Paul Reyes and David Rosas in the June 8 Democratic primary before running unopposed in the general election.[13] [14]

California State Senate, District 22 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin de León 58.6% 18,743
David Rosas 18% 5,775
Edward Paul Reyes 11.6% 3,727
Alejandro Menchaca 11.7% 3,757
Total Votes 32,002

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 22 have raised a total of $3,763,260. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $342,115 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 22
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $863,862 1 $863,862
2010 $880,716 3 $293,572
2008 $69,228 1 $69,228
2006 $500,465 3 $166,822
2004 $481,117 1 $481,117
2002 $796,872 1 $796,872
2000 $171,000 1 $171,000
Total $3,763,260 11 $342,115

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