Mike Morrell

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Mike Morrell
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California State Senate, District 23
In office
April 3, 2014-Present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 25, 2014
First electedMarch 25, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 40
December 6, 2010-April 3, 2014
Bachelor'sUniversity of La Verne
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Morrell is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 25, 2014.[1]

Morrell served in the California State Assembly, representing District 40 from 2010 to April 3, 2014.


Morrell earned his B.A. from the University of Law Verne. His professional experience includes working as a licensed real estate broker and owner/president of Provident Real Estate since 1989. He has served as an appointed delegate to the California Republican Party.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Finance, Vice-chair
Labor and Employment, Vice-chair


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



See also: California state legislative special elections, 2014

Mike Morrell (R) defeated Ameenah Fuller (D), Ronald J. O'Donnell (D), Crystal Ruiz (R) and Jeff Hewitt (L) in the special election, which took place on March 25.[2][1]

The seat was vacant following William Emmerson's (R) resignation on December 1, 2013, when he stated his passion for the position had waned.[3]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 23 was called for March 25, with a runoff if necessary on June 3. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 31.[4]

California State Senate, District 23, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Morrell 62.6% 43,447
     Democratic Ronald J. O'Donnell 15.2% 10,531
     Democratic Ameenah Fuller 9.7% 6,705
     Libertarian Jeff Hewitt 6.5% 4,479
     Republican Crystal Ruiz 6% 4,187
Total Votes 69,349


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Morrell won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 40. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 63. He and Russ Warner (D) 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 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Morrell Incumbent 50.4% 65,282
     Democratic Russ Warner 49.6% 64,264
Total Votes 129,546


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Morrell defeated Paul Chabot, Pat Gilbreath, Don Kurth, Jacqueline Bolda, Henry William Nickel, and Acquanetta Warren in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Democrat Renea Wickman in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

California State Assembly, District 63 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Morrell (R) 72,866
Renea Wickman (D) 52,653
California House of Representatives, District 63 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Morrell (R) 10,883
Paul Chabot (R) 7,848
Don Kurth (R) 6,643
Acquanetta Warren (R) 4,509
Pat Gilbreath (R) 3,546
Jacqueline Bolda (R) 982
Henry William Nickel (R) 684

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Morrell is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Morrell raised a total of $1,429,837 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[9]

Mike Morrell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 40 Won $542,898
2010 California State Assembly, District 63 Won $553,500
2004 California State Assembly, District 63 Defeated $333,439
Grand Total Raised $1,429,837


Morrell won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Morrell raised a total of $542,898.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Morrell's campaign in 2012
Morrell, Michael$77,068
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Association of Health Underwriters$7,800
Pachanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$542,898
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Morrell raised $553,500 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Morrell, Mike $68,100
Frontier Finance Co $7,800
Ostoich, Mark A $7,800
Ostoich, Elizabeth A $6,848


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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]


Morrell and his wife, Joanie, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Emmerson (R)
California State Senate District 23
April 2014-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Blumenfield (D)
California State Assembly District 40
2012–April 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California Assembly District 63
Succeeded by
Anthony Rendon (D)