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California State Senate District 7

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California State Senate District 7
Current incumbentVacant
Ethnicity8.1% Black, 18.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age75.5% age 18 and over
Next electionMay 19, 2015
California’s seventh state senate district is currently vacant. It was previously represented by former Democratic Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 947,426 civilians reside within California's seventh 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 legislative special elections, 2015

Susan Bonilla (D) and Steve Glazer (D) advanced past Joan Buchanan (D) and Terry Kremin (D) in the primary election on March 17.[9][10] Bonilla and Glazer will face off in the special election on May 19. Michaela M. Hertle (R) withdrew from the race shortly after the official candidate list came out.[11]

The seat is vacant following Mark DeSaulnier's (D) election to Congress.[12]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 7 has been called for May 19. A primary election took place on March 17, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 23, 2015.[13]


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. Incumbent Mark DeSaulnier and Mark P. Meuser advanced unopposed past the June 5 blanket primary, before DeSaulnier defeated Meuser in the general election.[14] [15]

California State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier Incumbent 61.5% 229,105
     Republican Mark P. Meuser 38.5% 143,707
Total Votes 372,812

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 7 have raised a total of $9,241,503. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $770,125 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 7
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $639,916 2 $319,958
2010 $432,115 1 $432,115
2008 $799,074 2 $399,537
2006 $10,041 1 $10,041
2004 $484,271 1 $484,271
2002 $564,487 1 $564,487
2000 $6,311,599 4 $1,577,900
Total $9,241,503 12 $770,125

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