Leland Yee

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Leland Yee
Leland Yee.JPG
California State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First elected2006
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1970
Master'sSan Francisco State University, 1972
Ph.D.University of Hawaii, 1975
Place of birthChina
ProfessionChild Psychologist
Personal website
Leland Y. Yee (b. 1948) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He is currently suspended from the chamber pending a criminal investigation.

Yee served as Assistant President Pro Tempore until 2011. On March 27, 2014, Yee withdrew from the race for Secretary of State of California, one day after his arrest by the FBI.[1][2]

Before becoming a senator, Yee was a California State Assemblyman, a San Francisco County supervisor representing San Francisco's Sunset District and a member of the San Francisco School Board.

While in the state assembly, Yee was the first Asian American to be appointed its Speaker Pro Tempore.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions, and Economic Development
Elections and Constitutional Amendments
Human Services, Chair
Public Employment and Retirement


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


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


Legislative scorecards

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, Lee ranked as a 94.[5]



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

On November 26, 2012, Lee announced he was running for Secretary of State of California in the 2014 elections. Current officeholder Debra Bowen cannot seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits. On March 27, 2014, Yee withdrew from the race, one day after he was arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.[1][4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


2014 Campaign themes

Top-two primary system

Running for California Secretary of State in 2014, Yee promised to expand access to democracy and expressed concerns about ballot access limitations for minor parties under California's top-two primary system, which was implemented in 2012. Under new qualifications implemented with the top-two system, minor party candidates must collect 10,000 signatures to waive a filing fee equal to two percent of the first year's salary for state offices or one percent for members of Congress. Prior to implementing the top-two system, the number of signatures required to waive that fee was 150, so most minor parties opted to file petitions. Yee opposed the top-two primary proposal due to a number of concerns, including that it could unfairly impact minor parties and that it could make elections less inclusive. He said those concerns have proven true. Alex Padilla (D), another state senator running for Secretary of State in 2014, has also expressed concerns over ballot access limitations for minor parties and has promised to look into legislative solutions.[6][7]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Yee won re-election to the 8th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Republican Doo Sup Park in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Senate, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leland Yee (D) 197,070
Doo Sup Park (R) 52,587


In 2006 Yee was elected to the California State Senate, District 8. He finished with 179,556 votes while his opponent Michael Skipakevich finished with 50,670 votes.[9] Yee raised $1,579,512 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leland Yee (D) 179,556
Michael Skipakevich (R) 50,670

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yee is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Yee raised a total of $4,853,741 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[10]

Leland Yee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $0
2010 California State Senate, District 8 Won $736,135
2008 California State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $1,006,817
2006 California State Senate, District 8 Won $1,579,512
2004 California State Assembly, District 12 Won $739,091
2002 California State Assembly, District 12 Won $792,186
Grand Total Raised $4,853,741


Yee was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Yee raised a total of $0.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Leland Yee's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Yee raised $736,135 in contributions.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California State Council Of Service Employees $15,600
California Faculty Association $15,600
California School Employees Association $9,700


In 2006 Yee raised $1,579,512 in campaign donations. His top five contributors are listed below.[12]

Donor Amount
California State Council of Laborers $15,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $13,400
California Teachers Association $13,400
AT&T $13,000
California Professional Fire Fighters $12,194

Leland Yee shows support for UC Service Workers on strike


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

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.

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 Arizona 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.


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


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[14]



Yee was arrested on March 26, 2014, during an FBI raid conducted as part of a corruption investigation. Yee, who was arrested with 25 others, was indicted on seven charges of corruption and gun trafficking. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D) asked Yee to resign by March 28, threatening to strip his committee assignments and move to suspend him if he did not. Steinberg called the charges against Yee "sickening" and "surreal." Because Yee refused to step down, the Senate voted 28-1 to suspend him, along with two other Senators, Roderick Wright (D) and Ronald S. Calderon (D), currently facing legal issues. While the suspension keeps Yee from exercising any of his office's power until the investigation concludes, he will still receive his salary. "One is an anomaly, two a coincidence, but three? That's not what this Senate is about," Steinberg said when announcing the suspensions. Yee's attorney defended the suspension, saying it "acknowledges the presumption of innocence."

The charges against Yee trace back to his failed 2011 mayoral run and a political consultant named Keith Jackson. Jackson, who was also arrested earlier in the week, faces narcotics and murder-for-hire charges. Jackson allegedly solicited an undercover FBI agent, introduced to him by a gang connection, for money to help pay off campaign debt and fund his run for Secretary of State. Yee is alleged to have exchanged favors for donations from undercover agents in three different situations. Yee also promised agents he could obtain illegal guns for them from an international dealer in exchange for donations to his 2014 campaign. Yee closed his school bond ballot measures committee on April 9, 2014. Founded in fall 2008, the committee raised $72,000. Investigators allege that Yee solicited donations to this committee to those seeking political favors.[15][16][17][18]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Leland + Yee + California + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Leland Yee News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Light Bulb Icon.svg.png
Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Los Angeles Times, "State Sen. Leland Yee to run for California secretary of state," November 26, 2012, accessed June 25, 2013
  2. blogs.kqed.org,, "In Wake of Arrest, Sen. Leland Yee Quits Secretary of State’s Race," accessed March 28, 2014
  3. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  5. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  6. Calnewsroom.com, "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014
  7. CalNewsroom.com, "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014
  8. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Yee, Leland," accessed September 14, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  12. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  14. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Leland Yee, S.F. Chinatown figure arrested in corruption raids," March 26, 2014
  16. Sacramento Bee, "FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns," March 26, 2014
  17. Associated Press, "California Senate suspends 3 Democratic lawmakers," May 28, 2014
  18. blogs.sacbee.com, "Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee," April 16, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California House District 20
Succeeded by