Mark DeSaulnier

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Mark DeSaulnier
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 11
Date of primaryJune 3, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Senate District 7
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross, 1952
Place of birthLowell, MA
Campaign website
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Mark DeSaulnier is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

DeSaulnier previously represented the 11th assembly district of the California State Assembly from 2006-2008.

DeSaulnier is seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District of California in 2014.[1]


DeSaulnier earned his B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross. He then worked as a probation officer, a truck driver, and a hotel services employee. After moving to California, DeSaulnier worked for most of his career as a restaurant owner.[2]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance
Transportation and Housing, Chair
Legislative Audit


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


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


Campaign themes

State constitution

California constitutional convention

DeSaulnier supports a California constitutional convention. He is a critic of the current California Constitution, saying, "We keep adding rooms, but the hallways don’t connect together. There’s not a lot of thought given to the overall architecture.”[3]

Initiative rights

DeSaulnier is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 24, which would make it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[4][5]

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.[6][7]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, DeSaulnier ranked as a 91.[8]



See also: California's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

DeSaulnier is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 11th District. DeSaulnier and Tue Phan-Quang (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Tony Daysog (D), Ki Ingersol (D), Cheryl Sudduth (D) and Jason Ramey (I). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[9]

U.S. House, California District 11 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier 58.9% 59,605
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTue Phan-Quang 27.9% 28,242
     Democratic Cheryl Sudduth 4.9% 4,913
     Democratic Tony Daysog 3.4% 3,482
     Independent Jason Ramey 2.6% 2,673
     Democratic Ki Ingersol 2.3% 2,313
Total Votes 101,228
Source: California Secretary of State


DeSaulnier was endorsed by a number of local, state and federal elected officials. For a full list of endorsements, click here


See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

DeSaulnier won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 7. He and Mark P. Meuser (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. DeSaulnier was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

California State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier Incumbent 61.5% 229,105
     Republican Mark P. Meuser 38.5% 143,707
Total Votes 372,812


In 2008 DeSaulnier was elected to the California State Senate, District 7. He finished with 256,311 votes while his opponent Christian Amsberry finished with 128,878 votes.[12]

California State Senate, District 7
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark DeSaulnier (D) 256,311
Christian Amsberry (R) 128,878

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeSaulnier is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, DeSaulnier raised a total of $2,488,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[13]

Mark De Saulnier's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 7 Won $587,356
2010 California State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $432,115
2008 California State Senate, District 7 Won $799,074
2006 California State Assembly, District 11 Won $669,860
Grand Total Raised $2,488,405


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeSaulnier's reports.

Mark DeSaulnier (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$0$148,186$(33,503)$114,683
Pre-Primary[15]May 22, 2014$114,683$58,593$(55,134)$118,141
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$118,141$145,045$(224,234)$38,952
Running totals


DeSaulnier won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, DeSaulnier raised a total of $587,356.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark DeSaulnier's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$14,600
Electrical Workers Local 302$11,700
California State Council of Laborers$10,800
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$9,000
Professional Engineers in California Government$8,800
Total Raised in 2012$587,356
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark DeSaulnier's campaign in 2010
State Building & Construction Trades Council Of California$10,300
California State Pipe Trades Council$8,800
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO$7,800
Electrical Workers Local 302$7,800
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447$7,800
Total Raised in 2010 $432,115


In 2008 DeSaulnier raised $799,074 in campaign donations. Listed below are three of his top donors.[17]

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 302 $14,400
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO $14,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $14,400


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.

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[18]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[19]


DeSaulnier has two sons and lives in Concord.[2]

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  1. Roll Call, "California Democrat Continues to Clear Field in Open Seat Race," January 21, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campaign website, "About," accessed April 15, 2014
  3. Sacramento News & Review, "California Renovation," June 18, 2009
  4. Ballot Access News, "California Legislative Hearing on Bill to Ban Paying Circulators Per Signature," July 6, 2009
  5. California Senate, "Text of SB 34," September 2010
  6. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  7. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  8. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "DeSaulnier, Mark," accessed September 14, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
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