California State Senate District 36

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California State Senate District 36
Current incumbentJoel Anderson Republican Party
Ethnicity4.4% Black, 19.5% Hispanic
Voting age74.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
California’s thirty-sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Joel Anderson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 1,036,001 civilians reside within California's thirty-sixth 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. Patricia C. "Pat" Bates (R) and Gary Kephart (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary.[8][9][10] Bates will face Kephart in the general election.


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 Joel Anderson defeated Kenneth C. Dickson, Greg Stephens, and Jeff Stone in the June 8 Republican primary election. Anderson then defeated Paul Clay (D) and Michael S. Metti (L) in the general election.[11] [12]

California State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Anderson 63.2% 193,573
     Democratic Paul Clay 33% 101,112
     Libertarian Michael S. Metti 3.8% 11,737
Total Votes 306,422

California State Senate, District 36 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Anderson 42.3% 39,558
Jeff Stone 29.1% 27,258
Kenneth C. Dickson 19.2% 17,971
Greg Stephens 9.4% 8,794
Total Votes 93,581

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for California State Senate District 36 have raised a total of $4,282,117. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $251,889 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 36
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $378,580 1 $378,580
2010 $1,490,451 6 $248,409
2008 $175,299 1 $175,299
2006 $508,912 4 $127,228
2004 $240,334 1 $240,334
2002 $1,488,541 4 $372,135
Total $4,282,117 17 $251,889

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