Jose Medina

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Jose Medina
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California State Assembly District 61
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Office website
Jose Medina is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 61. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review
Governmental Organization
Higher Education
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, Chair


Campaign themes


Medina's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Get Riverside County Back to Work
Excerpt: "To strengthen California’s economy and create new jobs, we need to focus on attracting new industries while preserving those we currently have. I will work with the private and public sectors to develop smart legislation that establishes our region as a magnet for quality jobs."
  • Protecting Our Schools and Colleges
Excerpt: “As a teacher, former Riverside Community College Trustee, and proud alumni of the University of California Riverside, I understand the critical role education plays in opening doors and expanding opportunities. As an Assemblyman, I will be a champion for public education so that those doors remain open for our youth.”
  • Balancing Our Budget
Excerpt: “During these challenging times, we need to do more with less. We must prioritize economic recovery and workforce development to get our region and state back on track.”
  • Cleaner Air and Water
Excerpt: “We don’t need to compromise clean air and water for economic growth. In fact, clean air and water are critical to the economic future of our state and region.”



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly 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 Jose Medina (D) and Rudy Aranda (R) defeated D. Shelly Yarbrough (D) in the blanket primary. Medina will face Aranda in the general election.[1][2]

California State Assembly, District 61 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Medina Incumbent 43.8% 13,631
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRudy Aranda 41.6% 12,942
     Democratic D. Shelly Yarbrough 14.6% 4,549
Total Votes 31,122


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Medina won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 61. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Joe Ludwig (R) and Fredy DeLeon (I). Medina defeated Bill Batey (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Medina 61% 76,774
     Republican Bill Batey 39% 49,003
Total Votes 125,777
California State Assembly, District 61 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Medina 44.6% 17,473
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Batey 35% 13,713
     Republican Joe Ludwig 15.9% 6,254
     Republican Thomas Carlos Ketcham (write-in) 0% 16
     Independent Fredy DeLeon 4.5% 1,757
Total Votes 39,213


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Medina was uncontested in the June 8 primary election. He was defeated by incumbent Republican Brian Nestande in the November 2 general election.[5]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

The California Democratic Party gave nearly $1 million to Medina’s campaign.[6]


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[7]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[8]



In 2012, Medina's endorsements included the following:

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Political offices
Preceded by
Norma Torres (D)
California State Assembly District 61
Succeeded by