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Ricardo Lara

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Ricardo Lara
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California State Senate District 33
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 50
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University
Ricardo Lara is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Lara previously served in the California State Assembly, representing District 50 from 2010 to 2012. Lara served as communications director for Assemblymember Kevin de León of the California Assembly and as chief of staff for Assemblymember Marco Antonio Firebaugh. He also served as district director for Assemblymember Fabian Nunez of the California State Assembly.


Lara earned his B.A. in Journalism/Spanish/Chicano Studies from San Diego State University. He went on to be a master's candidate in Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor and Industrial Relations
Natural Resources and Water
Transportation and Housing
Legislative Audit, Vice-chair
Joint Rules


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



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Lara won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 33. He was unopposed in the primary on June 5, 2012, and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well.[1][2]

California State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Lara 80.4% 158,707
     Peace and Freedom Party Lee H. Chauser 19.6% 38,671
Total Votes 197,378


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Lara defeated Carmen Avalos, Luis Marquez, and Art Olivier in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Gladys O. Miller in the November 2 general election.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 50 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ricardo Lara (D) 46,676
Gladys O. Miller (R) 13,452
California House of Representatives, District 50 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ricardo Lara (D) 6,223
Carmen Avalos (D) 4,512
Luis Marquez (D) 2,145
Art Olivier (D) 1,672

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lara is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lara raised a total of $1,551,211 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[5]

Ricardo Lara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 33 Won $811,665
2010 California State Assembly, District 50 Won $729,866
2008 California State Assembly, District 46 Defeated $9,680
Grand Total Raised $1,551,211


Lara won election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lara raised a total of $811,665.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ricardo Lara's campaign in 2012
California Teachers Association$15,600
California Dental Association$15,600
California State Association of Electrical Workers$14,800
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters$12,800
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16$12,100
Total Raised in 2012$811,665
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Lara raised $729,866 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Medical Association $12,700
California Dental Association $11,700
Service Employees Local 721 $11,700


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[7]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mimi Walters (R)
California State Senate District 33
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hector De La Torre (D)
California State Assembly District 50
Succeeded by
Richard Bloom (D)