|California State Senate District 28|
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Oropeza was elected to the state senate in November 2006. Her current term would have expired in 2010.
Prior to joining the state senate, Oropeza served in the California State Assembly for six years, from 2000-2006. She was a member of the Long Beach City Council from 1994-2000 and a board member of the Long Beach Unified School District from 1988 to 1994.
Oropeza has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University-Long Beach.
Oropeza is survived by Tom Mullins.
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
Oropeza was seeking re-election to the 28th District seat when she died. She had no primary opposition. She would have faced Republican John S. Stammreich and Libertarian David Ruskin in the November 2 general election.
California law prevents calling a special election to fill a vacant office within 68 days of an election, so her name remained on the November 2 ballot. She did win the election, so a special election will be required to replace her.
In 2006 Oropeza was elected to the California State Senate, District 28. She finished with 129,151 votes and was followed by Cherryl Liddle with 72,570 votes and Peter De Baets with 7,485 votes. Oropeza raised $899,866 for her campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 28|
|Jenny Oropeza (D)||129,151|
|Cherryl Liddle (R)||72,570|
|Peter De Baets (L)||7,485|
In 2006 Oropeza raised $899,866 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below including $50,000 that she donated personally.
|California State Council of Service Employees||$13,400|
|California Teachers Association||$13,400|
|California Dental Association||$12,700|
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.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Oropeza ranked as a 71. 
Senator Oropeza speaks about banning smoking in cars
28th District profile
California Senate District 28 includes part of Los Angeles County, including all of Carson, Del Aire, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lennox, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Torrance, West Carson, and parts of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
- Official website of State Senator Jenny Oropeza
- Legislative profile of Jenny Oropeza on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Jenny Oropeza on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008
- Jenny Oropeza on Facebook
- Bradley, Eric; Green, Nick; Mazza, Sandy; Eakins, Paul; Butler, Kevin; Robes Meeks, Karen (2010-10-21). "Sen. Oropeza dies at 53". Press Telegram. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_16396467. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
- Sacramento Bee, Oropeza's name remains on ballot
- Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
- California State Senate official election results
- Campaign donations
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- Overview of Senate District 28
|California State Senate District 28
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Ted Lieu (D)