Pedro Nava

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Pedro Nava
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California State Assembly District 35
Former member
In office
ProfessionCivil Litigator
Personal website
Pedro Nava (born 1948 in Santa Barbara, California) was a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 35 from 2004 to 2010. On February 4, 2009, he announced his candidacy for the position of California Attorney General, the seat vacated by Democrat Jerry Brown, who ran for governor, in the 2010 election.[1]


Nava earned his B.S. from California State University at San Bernardino in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of California - Davis in 1977.

Committee assignments

Nava served on the following committees:


Political courage test

Nava did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Marijuana dispensaries

See also: Marijuana dispensaries in California

On November 30, 2009, Nava called for investigations into marijuana dispensaries in Santa Barbara. Nava wrote, " did the City of Santa Barbara become just one of 35 cities ... in the entire state that allow illegal store front marijuana dispensaries and permits them near schools and sober recovery facilities? ...This is about a situation that has spiraled out of control and threatens the fabric and quality of life for Santa Barbara families...Is there anyone who can say with a straight face that the anonymous cash register clerk with no connection to the patient, other than taking their money, can satisfy the spirit and letter of the law? Or that the selling of marijuana that goes on day after day in our city isn’t for profit? Make no mistake, there are powerful interests and their allies promoting the pot trade and their motivation isn’t based on altruism. The City of Santa Barbara must put an immediate end to continuing violations of the law. Unfortunately, there were inadequate regulations and restrictions put in place to prevent the consequences of the proliferation of pot dispensaries. I urge you to implement a moratorium on any and all pending and future permits for marijuana dispensaries being considered by the City."[3]

Oil severance tax

In October 2009, Nava introduced a bill to impose a 10 percent oil severance tax. He believes that such a tax would generate $1.5 billion annually. Nava's bill would have made it illegal for oil companies to raise prices in response to the tax.

Nava's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 67 - Pharmacy Patient Protection Act of 2008
  • AB 159 - Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders: task force
  • AB 242 - Dog fighting

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: California Attorney General election, 2010

One of Nava's 2010 campaign commercials

Nava sought the nomination of the Democratic Party in the June 8, 2010 primary to run for California Attorney General. His opponents in the Democratic primary were Rocky Delgadillo, Kamala D. Harris Chris Kelly, Ted Lieu, Alberto Torrico, and Mike Schmier.


  • 2008 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - Democratic Primary
    • Pedro Nava ran unopposed
2008 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Pedro Nava (D) 67.3%
Gregory Gandrud (R) 32.7%
Total votes 177,857


  • 2006 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - Democratic Primary
    • Pedro Nava ran unopposed
2006 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - General Election[4]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Pedro Nava (D) 62.9%
Cristina Carreno Martin (R) 37.1%
Total votes 123,977


  • 2004 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - Democratic Primary
    • Pedro Nava ran unopposed
2004 Race for State Assembly, 35th District - General Election[5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Pedro Nava (D) 52.8%
Bob Pohl (R) 47.2%
Total votes 173,528

Campaign donors


Below are Nava's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Operating Engineers Local 3 $14,400
CA State Pipe Trades Council $13,000
Peace Officers Research Assoc of CA $9,000

Legislative scorecard

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.[7][8]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nava ranked as a 100, a perfect liberal score, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[9]


Nava currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, Susan Jordan, and their one child, Jedd.

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 35
Succeeded by
Das Williams