Diane Harkey

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Diane Harkey
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California State Assembly District 73
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Dana Point City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Irvine
Office website
Campaign website
Diane L. Harkey is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 73. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She is also a member of the Dana Point City Council.


Harkey is a member of the Capistrano Valley Symphony Board of Trustees, Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group Board Member, Orange County Council of Governments and South Orange County Major Investment Study Group.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-chair
Banking and Finance
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Revenue and Taxation
Legislative Budget


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harkey served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harkey served on these committees:


Harkey's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 594 - State-mandated local programs
  • AB 824 - Property taxation: assessment procedures
  • AB 1278 - Elections: initiatives

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Political Courage test

Harkey did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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.[3][4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Harkey ranked as a 3.[5]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Harkey won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 73. She and James Corbett (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 73, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane L. Harkey Incumbent 64.3% 130,030
     Democratic James Corbett 35.7% 72,196
Total Votes 202,226


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Harkey won re-election to the 73rd District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Democrat Judy Jones in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 73 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Harkey (R) 81,164
Judy Jones (D) 49,846


In 2008 Harkey was elected to the California State Assembly District 73. Harkey (R) finished with 87,905 votes and was followed by Judy Jones (D) with 67m485 votes and Andrew Favor (L) with 10,171 votes.[9]

California State Assembly District 73
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Harkey (R) 87,905
Judy Jones (D) 67,485
Andrew Favor (L) 10,171

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harkey is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Harkey raised a total of $1,432,302 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[10]

Diane Harkey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 73 Won $504,744
2010 California State Assembly, District 73 Won $357,062
2008 California State Assembly, District 73 Won $570,496
Grand Total Raised $1,432,302


Harkey won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Harkey raised a total of $504,744.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Diane Harkey's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Chamber of Commerce$8,800
Pala Band of Mission Indians$7,800
Sempra Energy$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$504,744
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Harkey raised $357,062 in contributions.[11]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800
Altria $7,800
PG&E Corp $6,900
AT&T $6,275


Below are Harkey's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
Diane L Harkey $51,962
Irvine Co $7,200
CA Assoc of Realtors $7,200
Altria $7,200
CR & R Inc $7,200


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[14]


Harkey and her husband, Dan, have one child.

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