Mike McGuire

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Mike McGuire
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California State Senate, District 2
In office
December 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 0
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits12 years
Office website
Campaign website
Mike McGuire is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Campaign themes


McGuire's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs and Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, I will ask this question first when considering legislation: “Will this law help give every Californian who is willing and able to work hard a path to the middle class?” There is no greater priority than building a thriving local economy."

Strong Public Schools

  • Excerpt: "As a state senator, I will fight hard to reinvest in California’s public education system. Educating our kids and future workforce is more than just fulfilling a promise to California’s youth and families – it’s also one of the smartest investments we can make to build an economy that works for everyone."

Environmental and Coastal Protection

  • Excerpt: "I fiercely oppose fracking and I will fight to protect our rivers, watersheds and coastline. I strongly support policies that address impacts of the drought on our water supply at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma and I will partner with local leaders to ensure that Clearlake thrives."

Responsible State Budgets

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, I’ll work to ensure that we move forward as a state together – sharing both the benefits of our growing economy and the sacrifices that are necessary to ensure that the promise of California is available to all of our children, families and seniors. "

Investment in Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "As a state senator, I’ll continue to fight for investments in our infrastructure, not just on Highway 101, but also on Highways 20, and 175, Highways 199 and 299, and roads and bridges throughout Northern California."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Mike McGuire (D) and Lawrence R. Wiesner (R) defeated Derek Knell (D) and Harry V. Lehmann (I) in the blanket primary. McGuire defeated Wiesner in the general election.[2][3][4]

California State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McGuire 70% 188,142
     Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 30% 80,778
Total Votes 268,920
California State Senate, District 2 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McGuire 57.9% 104,670
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence R. Wiesner 26.8% 48,401
     Democratic Derek Knell 10.9% 19,733
     Independent Harry V. Lehmann 4.5% 8,060
Total Votes 180,864



In 2014, McGuire's endorsements included the following:[5]

  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (ret.)
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tem, California State Senate
  • John Perez, Speaker, California State Assembly
  • Noreen Evans, State Senator
  • Mark Leno, State Senator
  • Wes Chesbro, State Assemblyman
  • Mariko Yamada, State Assemblywoman
  • Patty Berg, Assemblywoman (ret.)
  • Dan Hauser, Assemblyman (ret.)
  • Virginia Strom-Martin, Assemblywoman (ret.)
  • Martha McClure, Del Norte County Supervisor
  • Mike Sullivan, Del Norte County Supervisor
  • Jerry Cochran, Del Norte County Assessor (ret.)
  • Virginia Bass, Humboldt County Supervisor
  • Rex Bohn, Humboldt County Supervisor
  • Estelle Fennel, Humboldt County Supervisor
  • Mark Lovelace, Humboldt County Supervisor


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McGuire and his wife, Erika, a public school teacher, live in Healdsburg, California.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Noreen Evans (D)
California State Senate District 2
Succeeded by