|California State Senate District 4|
|January 10, 2013 - Present|
|December 6, 2014|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||January 8, 2013|
|Term limits||12 years|
|California State Assembly District 2|
|California State Senate|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Nielsen was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 2nd District from 2008 to 2012.
Nielsen's professional experience includes working as business owner and ranch foreman.
Nielsen is the founder of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nielsen served on the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Budget and Fiscal Review|
|• Governmental Organization, Vice-chair|
|• Veterans Affairs|
|• Fisheries and Aquaculture|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Budget, Vice-chair|
|• Legislative Budget|
|• Veterans Affairs|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Budget, Vice-chair|
|• Joint Legislative Budget, Vice-chair|
|• Revenue and Taxation|
Nielsen's sponsored legislation includes:
- AB 726 - Transportation capital improvement projects
- AB 1033 - California Global Warming Solutions Act
- AB 1167 - Firearms: concealed firearm licenses
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
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, Nielsen ranked as a 17.
In 2009, Nielsen received the Patti Mattingly Award from the Regional Council for Rural Counties for displaying proactive leadership on rural issues and knowledge of challenges confronting rural communities. Presented annually, the award honored Nielsen's work supporting a water bond issue and protection of water rights.
Nielsen's website highlights the following campaign themes:
Creating Jobs for California
- Excerpt: "I believe that the only way to restore our economy and create jobs in the North State is to get Sacramento out of the way, so that small businesses, investors and entrepreneurs can pursue their dreams and, in the process, provide opportunities for others."
Taxes and Spending
- Excerpt: "I will continue my fight to stop this runaway spending and taxing. I’m proud to support Prop 13, which has controlled property taxes for more than 30 years. Protecting the 2/3rds vote requirement for taxes is essential."
Keeping our Communities Safe
- Excerpt: "I absolutely oppose any early release programs that dump un-rehabilitated, unsupervised criminals in our rural communities."
Stopping the Regulatory Nightmare
- Excerpt: "I’ve authored a law to stop this wide-spread problem that is so damaging to our economy and will continue to battle these agencies at every turn."
Protecting our Water, Private Property
- Excerpt: "I’ll continue the fight to protect our water."
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of California State Senate 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 Jim Nielsen (R) and CJ Jawahar (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Nielsen will face Jawahar in the general election.
Nielsen won a special election for California State Senate District 4. He came in first against Mickey Harrington (D), Jann Reed (no party preference) and Dan Levine (no party preference) in the blanket primary on November 6, 2012. Nielsen initially looked to have won the blanket primary outright, but final returns showed him just short of the 50 percent plus one necessary to avoid a general election. Nielsen defeated Harrington in the special election on January 8, 2013.
|California State Senate, District 4, Special Election, 2013|
Nielsen won re-election to the 2nd District seat in 2010. He defeated Charlie Schaupp in the June 8 primary, receiving 28,178 votes to Schaupp's 22,457. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.
|California House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Jim Nielsen (R)||28,178|
|Charlie Schaupp (R)||22,457|
In 2008 Nielsen was elected to the California State Assembly District 2. Nielsen (R) finished with 118,149 votes while his opponent Paul Singh (D) finished with 62,510 votes. Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.
|California State Assembly District 2|
|Jim Nielsen (R)||118,149|
|Paul Singh (D)||62,510|
Comprehensive donor information for Nielsen is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Nielsen raised a total of $1,752,843 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.
|Jim Nielsen's Campaign Contribution History|
|2013||California State Senate, District 4||$0|
|2012||California State Senate, District 4||$516,633|
|2010||California State Assembly, District 2||$648,829|
|2008||California State Assembly, District 2||$587,381|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,752,843|
2012Nielsen won election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nielsen raised a total of $516,633.
|California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Nielsen's campaign in 2012|
|California Association of Realtors||$15,600|
|California Department of Forestry Firefighters||$10,600|
|Taxpayers for Bob Huff for Senate 2012||$7,800|
|Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians||$7,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$516,633|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions.
His two largest contributors were:
|California Department Of Forestry Fire Fighters||$11,800|
|California Dental Association||$9,800|
Below are Nielsen's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Crime Victims United Prop 34||$7,200|
|California Dental Assoc||$7,200|
|Sierra Pacific Industries||$7,200|
|Golden State Water Co||$7,200|
In 2014, Nielsen's endorsements include the following:
- California Republican Party
- Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
- California Farm Bureau
- California State Sheriffs Association
- Gun Owners of California
- Crime Victims United of California
- California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights
- Conservative Republicans of California
- Shasta County Farm Bureau
- Glenn County Farm Bureau
- Colusa County Republican Party
- Del Norte County Republican Party
- Nevada County Republican Party
- Shasta County Republican Party
- Siskiyou County Republican Party
- Tehama County Republican Party
- Yuba County Republican Party
- Conservative Republicans of California – Butte County
- Conservative Republicans of California – Tehama County
- Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.
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- California State Legislature
- California State Senate
- California Senate Committees
- California State Senate District 4
- Profile from the California State Senate
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008
- Patti Mattingly Award: Jim Nielsen named legislator of the year (dead link)
- Mercury News, "Special election winner sworn in to Senate seat," January 10, 2013 (dead link)
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
- 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, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
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- nielsenforsenate.com, "Issues," accessed September 19, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
- Appeal Democrat, "Senate runoff looming," November 23, 2012
- Appeal Democrat, "New candidate enters race for 4th Senate District," September 13, 2012
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Logue, Nielsen vie to replace LaMalfa in state Senate," September 5, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "State Senate District four results," accessed November 15, 2012
- News 10, "Republican wins in special Senate election," January 9, 2013
- Redding Spotlight, "Lawmakers say redistricting won't hurt current constituents; LaMalfa, Nielsen may see lines move," August 17, 2011
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Nielsen, Jim," accessed September 14, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
- nielsenforsenate.com, "Endorsements," accessed September 19, 2014
Doug LaMalfa (R)
|California State Senate District 4
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|California State Assembly District 2
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