Joan Buchanan

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Joan Buchanan
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California State Assembly District 16
Former member
In office
2008-2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
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Joan Buchanan is a former Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 16 from 2008 to 2014. Buchanan did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Buchanan's previous professional experience includes working as Director of Commercial Operations for Delta Dental and as the former President of the San Ramon County School Board.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review
Education, Chair
Transportation
Utilities and Commerce

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Buchanan's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 483 - Workers' compensation: Internet Web sites
  • AB 1307 - Newborn genetic screening
  • AB 1454 - Property taxation: refunds

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

Political Courage test

Buchanan 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, Buchanan ranked as a 94.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Buchanan won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 16. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Al Phillips (R) 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 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Buchanan Incumbent 59.2% 125,952
     Republican Al Phillips 40.8% 86,803
Total Votes 212,755

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Buchanan won re-election to the 15th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Abram Wilson in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 15 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Buchanan (D) 104,441
Abram Wilson (R) 91,378

2008

In 2008 Buchanan was elected to the California State Assembly District 15. Buchanan (D) finished with 125,897 votes while her opponent Abram Wilson (R) finished with 115,096 votes.[9] Buchanan raised $2,508,726 for her campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 15
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Buchanan (D) 125,897
Abram Wilson (R) 115,096

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Buchanan is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Buchanan raised a total of $6,446,124 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[11]

Joan Buchanan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 16 Won $650,009
2010 California State Assembly, District 15 Won $3,287,389
2008 California State Assembly, District 15 Won $2,508,726
Grand Total Raised $6,446,124

2012

Buchanan won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Buchanan raised a total of $650,009.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joan Buchanan's campaign in 2012
AT&T$18,327
California Teachers Association$15,600
California Association of Realtors$15,600
Electrical Workers Local 302$15,600
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$12,800
Total Raised in 2012$650,009
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Buchanan raised $3,287,839 in contributions.[12]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $1,529,151
Sacramento County Democratic Central Cmte $205,000
Del Norte County Democratic Central Cmte $135,000
Democratic Central Cmte Of Marin $105,000

2008

Below are Buchanan's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[13]

Contributor 2008 total
California Democratic Party $903,997
Joan T Buchanan $129,863
Mendocino County Democratic Central Cmte $107,000
Stanislaus County Democratic Central Cmte $89,000
Democratic Central Cmte of Marin $70,000

Scorecards

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

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
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.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[16]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
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 protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
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 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.

Personal

Buchanan has five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sandré Swanson (D)
California State Assembly District 16
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Catharine Baker (R)
Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 15
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Nancy Skinner (D)