California State Senate District 31

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California State Senate District 31
Current incumbentRichard Roth Democratic Party
Ethnicity7.5% Black, 36.3% Hispanic
Voting age73.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s thirty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Richard Roth.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 989,662 civilians reside within California's thirty-first 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, 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. Richard Roth (D) and Jeff Miller (R) defeated Steve Clute (D) in the June 5 blanket primary. Roth then defeated Miller in the general election.[8] [9]

California State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 55.3% 133,882
     Republican Jeff Miller 44.7% 108,320
Total Votes 242,202
California State Senate, District 31 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Miller 51.1% 38,641
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 28.8% 21,812
     Democratic Steve Clute 20.1% 15,191
Total Votes 75,644

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 31 have raised a total of $12,795,939. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $984,303 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $5,133,078 3 $1,711,026
2010 $543,502 1 $543,502
2008 $496,548 2 $248,274
2006 $443,374 1 $443,374
2004 $665,700 2 $332,850
2002 $2,440,343 1 $2,440,343
2000 $3,073,394 3 $1,024,465
Total $12,795,939 13 $984,303
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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