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California State Senate District 23

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California State Senate District 23
Current incumbentMike Morrell Republican Party
Ethnicity3.9% Black, 22% Hispanic[1]
Voting age79.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s twenty-third state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Mike Morrell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 899,067 civilians reside within California's twenty-third 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 legislative special elections, 2014

Mike Morrell (R) defeated Ameenah Fuller (D), Ronald J. O'Donnell (D), Crystal Ruiz (R) and Jeff Hewitt (L) in the special election, which took place on March 25.[9][10]

The seat was vacant following William Emmerson's (R) resignation on December 1, 2013, when he stated his passion for the position had waned.[11]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 23 was called for March 25, with a runoff if necessary on June 3. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 31.[12]

California State Senate, District 23, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Morrell 62.6% 43,447
     Democratic Ronald J. O'Donnell 15.2% 10,531
     Democratic Ameenah Fuller 9.7% 6,705
     Libertarian Jeff Hewitt 6.5% 4,479
     Republican Crystal Ruiz 6% 4,187
Total Votes 69,349


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 Bill Emmerson (R) and Melissa Ruth O'Donnell (D) advanced unopposed past the June 5 blanket primary. Emmerson then defeated O'Donnell in the general election.[13] [14]

California State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Emmerson Incumbent 56.3% 159,045
     Democratic Melissa Ruth O'Donnell 43.7% 123,518
Total Votes 282,563

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 23 have raised a total of $5,560,425. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $327,084 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 23
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $709,387 2 $354,694
2010 $337,217 1 $337,217
2008 $1,833,288 5 $366,658
2006 $2,808 1 $2,808
2004 $876,025 3 $292,008
2002 $552,902 1 $552,902
2000 $1,248,798 4 $312,200
Total $5,560,425 17 $327,084

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