California State Senate District 9

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California State Senate District 9
Current incumbentLoni Hancock Democratic Party
Ethnicity19.5% Black, 19.8% Hispanic
Voting age78.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Loni Hancock.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 878,605 civilians reside within California's ninth 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, 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 Loni Hancock and Peace and Freedom candidate Mary Catherine McIlroy defeated Lisa D. Ringer (L) in the June 5 blanket primary. Hancock defeated McIlroy in the general election.[8] [9]

California State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoni Hancock Incumbent 85.8% 300,994
     Peace and Freedom Party Mary Catherine McIlroy 14.2% 49,987
Total Votes 350,981
California State Senate, District 9 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoni Hancock Incumbent 99.3% 123,624
     Peace and Freedom Green check mark transparent.pngMary Catherine McIlroy 0.6% 785
     Libertarian Lisa D. Ringer 0.1% 92
Total Votes 124,501

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 9 have raised a total of $6,899,709. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $431,232 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 9
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $606,509 2 $303,255
2010 $243,545 1 $243,545
2008 $1,575,457 4 $393,864
2006 $966,083 1 $966,083
2004 $1,622,473 4 $405,618
2002 $1,066,719 1 $1,066,719
2000 $818,923 3 $272,974
Total $6,899,709 16 $431,232

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