Michael J. Rubio

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Michael J. Rubio
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California State Senate District 16
Former member
In office
December 6, 2010-February 22, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Haven
Office website
Campaign website
Michael J. Rubio is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate. He resigned his seat effective February 22, 2013, in order to spend more time with his family.[1]

He previously served on the Board of Supervisors of the Fifth District from 2004 to 2010.


Rubio earned his B.S. from the University of New Haven and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on State Administration and General Government, Chair


Campaign themes


Rubio's campaign website listed the following issues:

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Our top priority must be to CREATE JOBS!!"
  • Water
Excerpt: "The lack of water is devastating entire communities up and down the Valley."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We must reform our state’s broken education system."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "People get sick. They need a doctor. As layoffs increase, health insurance coverage must remain intact."[2]



See also: Redistricting in California and California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

Rubio initially declared an intention to run for election to the U.S. House in 2012.[3] In late December 2011 he withdrew, citing a desire to focus on his family.[4]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Rubio was uncontested in the June 8 primary. He defeated Tim Thiesen in the November 2 general election.[5]

California State Senate, District 16 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael J. Rubio (D) 71,334
Tim Thiesen (R) 46,717

Campaign donors


In 2010, Rubio raised $1,546,453 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $436,281
Kern County Democratic Central Cmte $37,000
San Mateo County Democratic Central Cmte $30,000
California Association Of Realtors $15,600


Rubio and his wife, Dora, have two daughters. When Rubio resigned from the state senate in February 2013, he said, "I have realized that my current professional path has left little opportunity to be home for those who are most important to me, which is why I am making a change."[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Florez
California State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Andy Vidak (R)