California State Senate District 39

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California State Senate District 39
Current incumbentMartin Block Democratic Party
Ethnicity8.3% Black, 20.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age81.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s thirty-ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Martin Block.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 897,570 civilians reside within California's thirty-ninth 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, 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. Martin Block (D) and George Plescia (D) defeated Patrick Marsh (D) in the June 5 blanket primary. Block then defeated Plescia in the general election.[9] [10]

California State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Block 58.4% 221,012
     Republican George Plescia 41.6% 157,305
Total Votes 378,317
California State Senate, District 39 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Block 46.3% 85,930
     Democratic Patrick Marsh 10% 18,510
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Plescia 43.7% 81,214
Total Votes 185,654

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 39 have raised a total of $28,849,946. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $1,518,418 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 39
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,600,894 3 $533,631
2010 $222,609 1 $222,609
2008 $595,701 3 $198,567
2006 $321,572 1 $321,572
2004 $22,129,817 6 $3,688,303
2002 $293,261 1 $293,261
2000 $3,686,092 4 $921,523
Total $28,849,946 19 $1,518,418

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