Denise Moreno Ducheny

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Denise Moreno Ducheny
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 51
Prior offices
California State Senate
Date of birthMarch 21, 1952
Denise Moreno Ducheny (b. March 21, 1952) was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 51st Congressional District of California. She previously served in the California State Senate, representing District 40 from 2002 to 2010.

Ducheny's previous political experience includes serving in the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000.


Ducheny earned her B.A. in History from Pomona College and a J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law in 1979. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney in private practice and university lecturer.

Committee assignments

Senator Ducheny speaks on California budget

Senator Ducheny served on these standing committees:


Proposition 49

In 2009, Ducheny told a reporter for National Public Radio that she partly blames California Proposition 49 (2002) for what has been described as "California's ongoing budget nightmare." Ducheny told the reporter, "Last year, when we tried to suggest that ... it ought to be flexible in these very difficult years, the governor vetoed that legislation. So the irony is this year we are cutting schools, but his initiative for after-school programs is fully funded."[1]



See also: California's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Ducheny ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 51st District. She was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[2][3]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Ducheny was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of California's term limits.


In 2006 Ducheny was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 40. She finished with 84,787 votes and was followed by David Walden with 47,601 votes and Jesse Thomas with 3,982 votes.[4] Ducheny raised $652,761 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 40
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) 84,787
David Walden (R) 47,601
Jesse Thomas (L) 3,982

Campaign donors


In 2006 Ducheny raised $652,761 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
California Association of Realtors $15,100
California State Council of Service Employees $13,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $12,500
California State Pipe Trades Council $12,000

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[6][7]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Ducheny ranked as an 89.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Juan Vargas