Mariko Yamada

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Mariko Yamada
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California State Assembly District 4
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
CandidateVerification
Mariko Yamada is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 4. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Yamada served as District 4 Director of Yolo County from 1999-2003, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer for the San Diego County Department of Social Services from 1989-1994 and in the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Commerce from 1982-1987.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging and Long-Term Care, Chair
Agriculture
Veterans Affairs
Water, Parks and Wildlife

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Yamada's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 76 - Life and Annuity Consumer Protection Fund
  • AB 1124 - Special education: due process hearings
  • AB 1228 - Elections: all-mailed ballot elections

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

Political Courage test

Yamada provided 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. When asked her legislative priorities she responded:

"My top priorities are: healthcare reform--achievement of single-payer, universal coverage will actually save money over time; public safety with emphasis on community corrections and integrated social services and alcohol, drug, and mental health services; and public education, both vocational, technical and preparatory for college as the pathway to the middle class. I support continued funding for Proposition 98; additional revenues can be raised by closing tax loopholes benefitting the wealthiest Californians; streamlining and reducing the number of categorial programs in education and public health in favor of block grants to school districts and local governments for greater efficiencies."[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, Yamada ranked as a 97.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Yamada won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 4. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and John Munn (R) won the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. She subsequently won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMariko Yamada Incumbent 62.5% 108,081
     Republican John Munn 37.5% 64,946
Total Votes 173,027

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Yamada won re-election to the 8th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Republican Michelle P. Connor in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mariko Yamada (D) 79,787
Michelle P. Connor (R) 49,714

2008

In 2008 Yamada was elected to the California State Assembly District 8. Yamada (D) finished with 112,524 votes while her opponent Manuel Cosme (R) finished with 57,883 votes.[9] Yamada raised $464,704 for her campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mariko Yamada (D) 112,524
Manuel Cosme (R) 57,883

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yamada is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Yamada raised a total of $914,388 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[11]

Mariko Yamada's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 4 Won $224,503
2010 California State Assembly, District 8 Won $225,181
2008 California State Assembly, District 8 Won $464,704
Grand Total Raised $914,388

2012

Yamada won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Yamada raised a total of $224,503.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mariko Yamada's campaign in 2012
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee$15,600
California Teachers Association$11,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$9,000
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians$8,000
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$224,503
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Yamada raised $225,181 in contributions.[12]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California School Employees Association $10,800
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
United Domestic Workers Of America $7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800

2008

2008 website banner

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

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
CA School Employees Assoc $10,471
CA Assoc of Psychiatric Technicians $9,500
California Nurses Association $8,200

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[14]

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Beth Gaines (R)
California State Assembly District 4
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 8
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Ken Cooley (D)