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Jenny Oropeza

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Jenny Oropeza
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California State Senate District 28
Former senator
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Jenny Oropeza (September 27, 1957-October 20, 2010) was a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 28 from 2006 to October 20, 2010. She served as Majority Caucus Leader. She passed away on October 20, 2010, from complications from an abdominal blood clot discovered in May 2010.[1]

Prior to joining the state senate, Oropeza served in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006, on the Long Beach City Council from 1994 to 2000 and on board of the Long Beach Unified School District from 1988 to 1994.


Oropeza earned her B.S. in Business Administration from California State University-Long Beach.



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.[2][3]


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.[4] Oropeza raised $899,866 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 28
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jenny Oropeza (D) 129,151
Cherryl Liddle (R) 72,570
Peter De Baets (L) 7,485

Campaign donors


In 2006, Oropeza raised $899,866 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below including $50,000 that she donated personally.[5]

Donor Amount
Jenny Oropeza $50,000
California State Council of Service Employees $13,400
California Teachers Association $13,400
California Dental Association $12,700

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, Oropeza ranked as a 71.[8]

Senator Oropeza speaks about banning smoking in cars

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Preceded by
California State Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Ted Lieu (D)