Joel Anderson

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Joel Anderson
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California State Senate District 36
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Joel Anderson is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Anderson's professional experience includes working as a small business owner.

He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, and a member of the Adam Smith Institute, East County Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Lincoln Club of San Diego, and Citizens' Advisory Board of Miramar College.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Vice-chair
Public Safety, Vice-chair

Note: Anderson was removed from the Senate Committee on Health in April 2014.


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Anderson serves on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Anderson served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:


Political positions

Political Courage test

Anderson 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]


See also: Redistricting in California and California Proposition 40, Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan (2012)

In August 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission completed the new Congressional and state legislative maps for the 2012-2020 elections. A referendum began in August 2011 to repeal the Senate map. Supporters have until November 13, 2011 to collect the 504,760 signatures that are required to qualify the measure for the ballot. Among the drive supporters are former Governor Pete Wilson and State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton.[3] Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:[4]

Anderson's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 101 - Elections: vote by mail ballots
  • AB 255 - Internet security: virtual globe technology
  • AB 294 - Income and corporation taxes: deductions

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

Legislative scorecards

Capitol Weekly

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.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Anderson ranked as a 6.[7]



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 Joel Anderson (R) and Fotios "Frank" Tsimboukakis (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Anderson will face Tsimboukakis in the general election.[8][9]


Anderson was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead sought election to the California State Senate, District 36. He defeated Kenneth C. Dickson, Greg Stephens, and Jeff Stone in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Democrat Paul Clay and Libertarian Michael S. Metti in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

California State Senate, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Anderson (R) 193,573
Paul Clay (D) 101,112
Michael S. Metti (L) 11,737
California State Senate, District 36 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Anderson (R) 39,558
Jeff Stone (R) 27,258
Kenneth C. Dickson (R) 17,971
Greg Stephens (R) 8,794


In 2008 Anderson was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 77. Anderson (R) finished with 92,621 votes and was followed by Raymond Lutz (D) with 64,949 votes and Richard Belitz (L) with 9,503 votes.[12]

California State Assembly District 77
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Anderson (R) 92,621
Raymond Lutz (D) 64,949
Richard Belitz (L) 9,503

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anderson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Anderson raised a total of $2,315,060 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[13]

Joel Anderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $378,580
2010 California State Senate, District 36 Won $731,937
2008 California State Assembly, District 77 Won $576,165
2006 California State Assembly, District 77 Won $456,676
1998 California State Assembly, District 75 Defeated $171,702
Grand Total Raised $2,315,060


Anderson was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $378,580.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Anderson's campaign in 2012
California Beer & Beverage Distributors$8,100
Time Warner Cable$7,800
San Pablo Lytton Casino$7,800
California Ambulatory Surgery Association$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$378,580
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Anderson raised $731,937 in contributions.[14]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $23,400
California Dental Association $10,800
California Medical Association $10,300
Farmers Insurance Group $9,700


Below are Anderson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[15]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $11,559
Peace Officers Research Assoc of CA $8,500
CA Taxpayer Protection Cmte $7,200
CA Assoc of Realtors $7,200
Intuit $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.[16]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Hollingsworth
California State Senate District 36
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 77
Succeeded by
Brian Jones