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California State Senate District 28

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California State Senate District 28
Current incumbentTed Lieu Democratic Party
Ethnicity7.2% Black, 28.1% Hispanic
Voting age78.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
California’s twenty-eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 879,674 civilians reside within California's twenty-eighth 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Bonnie Garcia (R) and Jeff Stone (R) defeated Philip Drucker (D), Anna Nevenic (D), William "Bill" Carns (R) and Glenn A. Miller (R) in the blanket primary. Garcia will face Stone in the general election.[8][9]

California State Senate, District 28 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Stone 21.9% 20,807
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Garcia 19.9% 18,884
     Republican Glenn A. Miller 19.4% 18,435
     Democratic Philip Drucker 18.6% 17,635
     Democratic Anna Nevenic 15.2% 14,444
     Republican William Carns 5.1% 4,834
Total Votes 95,039


Ted Lieu defeated seven other opponents in a February 15 special election for Senate District 28. The special election was called in the wake of former State Senator Jenny Oropeza's death. As Lieu received more than 50 percent of the vote in the special election primary, the April 19 runoff was averted. The filing deadline for candidates was January 3, 2011.[10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 28 have raised a total of $3,899,971. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $243,748 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 28
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $919,759 1 $919,759
2010 $305,838 3 $101,946
2008 $306,306 1 $306,306
2006 $1,498,457 5 $299,691
2004 $218,776 1 $218,776
2002 $278,434 4 $69,609
2000 $372,401 1 $372,401
Total $3,899,971 16 $243,748

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