Mike Gatto

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Mike Gatto
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California State Assembly District 43
In office
June 8, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 8, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Los Angeles (1996)
J.D.Loyala Law School (2004)
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Gatto is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in June 8, 2010.[1] He has served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore from 2011 to 2012. He has also served as sergeant at arms for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee.


Gatto earned his B.A. in History from the University of California Los Angeles in 1996 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a teacher and as an attorney for O'Melveny & Myers and for Mayer Brown LLP.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Banking and Finance
Water, Parks and Wildlife
Legislative Budget


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


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


Policy positions

Government Reform

Gatto is the author of ACA 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require that if a statewide ballot initiative would require the state government to spend money, the initiative would have to identify the source of that money.[2]

Gatto also authored ACA 4, the enhanced Rainy Day Fund for California, a measure that would require the Legislature to put aside some funds when faced with budget surpluses like in the 1990s and early 2000s.[2]



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Mike Gatto (D) and Todd Royal (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Gatto will face Royal in the general election.[3][4]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Gatto won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 43. He and Greg Krikorian (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

California State Assembly, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Gatto Incumbent 60.2% 95,673
     Republican Greg Krikorian 39.8% 63,251
Total Votes 158,924


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Gatto won a special election on June 8, 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Paul Krekorian, defeating Sunder Ramani (R). Gatto and Ramani appeared on the ballot twice, seeking their party primaries. Both candidates won their primaries, setting up a rematch in the general election on November 2.[7]

Incumbent Gatto defeated Republican Sunder Ramani in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 43 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gatto (D) 65,350
Sunder Ramani (R) 33,767
California House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gatto (D) 17,567
Nayiri Nahabedian (D) 3,109
Chahe Keuroghelian (D) 1,107

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gatto is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gatto raised a total of $1,959,045 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[9]

Mike Gatto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 43 Won $1,253,380
2010 California State Assembly, District 43 Won $705,665
Grand Total Raised $1,959,045


Gatto won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Gatto raised a total of $1,253,380.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Gatto's campaign in 2012
Service Employees Local 1000$15,600
California Association of Realtors$15,600
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16$14,900
California State Association of Electrical Workers$12,800
California State Council of Laborers$11,700
Total Raised in 2012$1,253,380
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Gatto raised $705,665 in contributions.[10]


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[11]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[12]


Gatto and his wife Danielle have two daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Krekorian
California State Assembly District 43
June 2010-present
Succeeded by