Chris Holden

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Chris Holden
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California State Assembly District 41
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
Pasadena City Council
High schoolPasadena High School
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University
Place of birthPasadena, CA
Office website
Campaign website
Chris R. Holden (b. July 19, 1960) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He has served as a member of the Pasadena City Council for the past 15 years, including briefly serving as mayor in the 1990's.[1]


Holden earned his Bachelor's degree in Business from San Diego State University in 1982. He then ran for the Pasadena City Council but was not elected. Four years later, he won election and has served on the council since.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Holden served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
Labor and Employment


Campaign themes


Holden's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Creating Jobs and Building a Strong Economy
Excerpt: "As a former Mayor and current city councilmember in Pasadena, Chris played a leadership role in the revitalization of downtown Pasadena."
  • Investing in Quality Education for Our Children
Excerpt: "Chris will fight for state investments that reduce class sizes, provide schools with the tools and resources they need and prepare young people for the careers of the future."
  • Improving Transportation and Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Chris was one of the early backers of the Metro Gold Line expansion, which connects Pasadena to Los Angeles and will soon reach other cities in the Foothills."
  • Preserving Our Natural Resources
Excerpt: "Chris has worked to protect public lands and open spaces in the Foothills region and fought for the Gold Line expansion, which will reduce traffic congestion and help improve our air quality."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Chris Holden (D) and write-in candidate Nathaniel Tsai (R) defeated write-in candidates Linda Hazelton (R), Samuel S. Forsen (R) and Ted Brown (L) in the blanket primary.[3] Holden will face Tsai in the general election.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 41 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Holden Incumbent 98.1% 35,296
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNathaniel Tsai (Write-in) 1.1% 394
     Republican Samuel S. Forsen (Write-in) 0.3% 120
     Libertarian Ted Brown (Write-in) 0.2% 84
     Republican Linda Hazelton (Write-in) 0.2% 83
Total Votes 35,977


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Holden won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 41. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Michael Cacciotti (D), Victoria Rusnak (D), and Ed Colton (R). Holden defeated Donna Lowe (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Holden 57.7% 109,743
     Republican Donna Lowe 42.3% 80,362
Total Votes 190,105
California State Assembly, District 41 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Michael Cacciotti 15.4% 10,844
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Holden 29.4% 20,718
     Democratic Victoria Rusnak 13.8% 9,727
     Republican Ed Colton 17.6% 12,399
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Love 23.8% 16,808
Total Votes 70,496

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holden is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Holden raised a total of $1,003,803 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[8]

Chris Holden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 41 Won $1,003,803
Grand Total Raised $1,003,803


Holden won election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Holden raised a total of $1,003,803.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Holden's campaign in 2012
Operating Engineers Local 12$15,600
California Teachers Association$15,600
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Dental Association$15,600
Laborers Local 777$12,700
Total Raised in 2012$1,003,803
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[9]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[10]


In 2012, Holden's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • Attorney General of California Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Representative Judy Chu
  • U.S. Representative Karen Bass
  • U.S. Representative Janice Hahn
  • Former U.S. Representative Diane Watson
  • Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton
  • State senate leader Darrell Steinberg
  • State senator Curren De Mille Price
  • State senator Rod Wright
  • Assemblymember Steve Bradford
  • Assemblymember Gil Cedillo
  • Assemblymember Mike Davis
  • Assemblymember Mike Eng
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • Altadena Councilmember Dr. Sandra Thomas
  • Altadena Councilmember Tecumseh Shackelford
  • Dr. Gregory Edwards, President, Altadena Branch of the NAACP
  • Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder
  • Claremont Councilmember Sam Pedroza
  • Claremont Councilmember Joe Lyons
  • Duarte Councilmember Phil Reyes
  • Glendale Councilmember Rafi Manoukian
  • Glendale Councilmember Frank Quintero
  • Glendale Councilmember Dave Weaver
  • Los Angeles County CEO William Fujioka
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca
  • Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz
  • Monrovia Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia
  • Monrovia Councilmember Clarence Shaw
  • Monrovia Councilmember Larry Spicer
  • Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard
  • Pasadena Vice-Mayor Margaret McAustin
  • Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo
  • Pasadena Councilmember Steve Madison
  • Pasadena Councilmember Jacque Robinson
  • Pasadena Councilmember Terry Tornek
  • Pasadena USD Board President Renatta Cooper
  • Pasadena USD Board Member Ed Honowitz
  • Pasadena USD Board Member Tom Selenske
  • Pasadena City College Board of Trustees Berlinda Brown
  • Pasadena City College Board of Trustees Jeanette Mann
  • Former Burbank Mayor Bill Wiggins
  • Former Monrovia Mayor Lara Laramendi
  • Former Pasadena Mayor Rick Cole
  • Former Pasadena Councilmember Steve Haderlein
  • Former Pasadena Councilmember Paul Little
  • Former Pasadena Councilmember Joyce Streator
  • Former Pasadena Councilmember Sid Tyler
  • Former Pasadena Councilmember Ann-Marie Villicana
  • Armenian Community Coalition[12]
  • Bonita Democratic Club
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California Board of Realtors
  • California Retailers Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • California Metals Coalition
  • Claremont College Democratic Club
  • Democratic Club of Claremont
  • Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills
  • Foothill Community Democrats
  • IBEW Local 11
  • IBEW Local 18
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Laborers International Union of North America Local 777
  • Operating Engineers Local 12
  • Plumbers Local 78
  • Sierra Club
  • SEIU California
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
  • Unite HERE Local 11

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Preceded by
Julia Brownley (D)
California State Assembly District 41
Succeeded by