California State Senate District 4

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California State Senate District 4
Current incumbentJim Nielsen Republican Party
Ethnicity1.8% Black, 13.4% Hispanic
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
California’s fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Jim Nielsen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 988,287 civilians reside within California's fourth 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Jim Nielsen (R) and CJ Jawahar (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Nielsen will face Jawahar in the general election.[8][9]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Jim Nielsen won a special election for California State Senate District 4. He came in first against Mickey Harrington (D), Jann Reed (no party preference) and Dan Levine (no party preference) in the blanket primary on November 6. Nielsen initially looked to have won the blanket primary outright, but final returns showed him just short of the 50 percent plus one necessary to avoid a general election. Nielsen defeated Harrington in the special election on January 8, 2013.[10][11][12][13][14]

California State Senate, District 4, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mickey Harrington 33.4% 49,004
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Nielsen 66.6% 97,849
Total Votes 146,853


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. State senate seats in the even-numbered districts were on the ballot in 2010. ---[15] [16]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 4 have raised a total of $3,579,929. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $170,473 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $840,163 7 $120,023
2010 $581,842 3 $193,947
2008 $263,296 1 $263,296
2006 $380,049 4 $95,012
2004 $277,317 1 $277,317
2002 $1,131,122 4 $282,781
2000 $106,140 1 $106,140
Total $3,579,929 21 $170,473

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