California State Senate District 40

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California State Senate District 40
Current incumbentBen Hueso Democratic Party
Ethnicity5.6% Black, 62.1% Hispanic[1]
Voting age71.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
California’s fortieth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ben Hueso.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 1,018,606 civilians reside within California's fortieth 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, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Ben Hueso (D) and Rafael Estrada (D) defeated write-in candidate Michael Diaz (R) in the blanket primary. Hueso defeated Estrada in the general election.[9][10][11][12]

California State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 54.9% 58,880
     Democratic Rafael Estrada 45.1% 48,397
Total Votes 107,277
California State Senate, District 40 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 71.8% 45,249
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRafael Estrada 27.9% 17,547
     Republican Michael Diaz (Write-in) 0.3% 188
Total Votes 62,984


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Ben Hueso won a special election for California State Senate District 40. The seat was vacant following Juan Vargas's (D) election to the 51st Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. Hueso (D) defeated Anna Nevenic (D), Hector Gastelum (R) and Xanthi Gionis (R) in the special election on March 12, 2013.[13][14][15][16][17]

California State Senate, District 40, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso 53.1% 29,367
     Democratic Anna Nevenic 10.4% 5,740
     Republican Hector Gastelum 21.6% 11,951
     Republican Xanthi Gionis 14.9% 8,243
Total Votes 55,301

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 40 have raised a total of $10,042,757. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $772,520 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 40
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $198,164 1 $198,164
2010 $1,976,399 3 $658,800
2008 $1,747 1 $1,747
2006 $664,497 3 $221,499
2004 $407,488 1 $407,488
2002 $6,593,212 3 $2,197,737
2000 $201,250 1 $201,250
Total $10,042,757 13 $772,520

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  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Public Mapping Project, “California 2010 Census Statistics,” November 7, 2013
  3. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
  4. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 California State Constitution, accessed December 16, 2013
  6. California Secretary of State, "Qualifications for State Legislature," accessed December 16, 2013
  7., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  8. Justia "California Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute, 1773-California Government Code)
  9. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Write-in Candidates for the June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election," accessed May 24, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named casched
  14. Imperial Valley Press, "Special election will fill seat vacated by Vargas," November 14, 2012
  15. U-T San Diego, "2 REPUBLICANS JOIN STATE SENATE RACE," January 19, 2013
  16., "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  17., "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013