Rich Gordon

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Rich Gordon
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California State Assembly District 24
In office
December 6, 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 electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina (1970)
Master'sNorthwestern University (1973)
BirthdayJuly 3, 1948
Office website
Campaign website
Richard "Rich" S. Gordon (b. July 3, 1948) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He formerly served as a supervisor on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2010. Gordon is also the former chairman of the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce.


Gordon earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California in 1970 and his Master's of Divinity from Northwestern University in 1973. His professional experience includes working as executive director of Youth and Family Assistance, as a member of the San Mateo County Board of education from 1992 to 1997 and from 1995 to 1997, as vice president of that board nd as president of the California State Association of Counties in 2008.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Chair
Local Government
Revenue and Taxation


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


Campaign themes


Gordon's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "Continuing to increase the role and responsibility of local governments – cities, school districts, and counties, which are closer to the communities they serve. As we realign greater responsibility to local governments, we must also provide local government with the tools to successfully serve the needs of Californians."
  • Excerpt: "Continuing efforts to stabilize our fiscal house, including the adoption of outcome-based budgeting and an enforceable reserve policy so that the state has a “savings account” in the form of a rainy day fund."
  • Excerpt: "Provide greater transparency in elections, and in particular greater disclosure of who is funding advertisements, mailers, and other political messaging."
  • Excerpt: "Reforming the initiative process to increase transparency, prevent its use as a tool of those seeking to end-run the public legislative process, and requiring that measures clearly identify a source of funding or the elimination of some other state expenditure."



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 Richard S. Gordon (D) and Diane Gabl (R) defeated Greg Coladonato (D) in the blanket primary. Gordon will face Gabl in the general election.[2][3]

California State Assembly, District 24 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRich Gordon Incumbent 60.1% 38,758
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Gabl 27.9% 18,021
     Democratic Greg Coladonato 12% 7,738
Total Votes 64,517


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Gordon won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 24. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 21. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Geby Espinosa (D) and Joseph Antonelli Rosas (I). Gordon defeated Chengzhi Yang (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard S. Gordon Incumbent 70.4% 118,120
     Republican Chengzhi "George" Yang 29.6% 49,700
Total Votes 167,820
California State Assembly, District 24 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Geby Espinosa 10.4% 7,654
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRich Gordon Incumbent 57% 42,018
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChengzhi Yang 28.4% 20,949
     Independent Joseph Antonelli Rosas 4.2% 3,129
Total Votes 73,750


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Gordon defeated Josh Becker and Yoriko Kishimoto in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Greg Conlon and Libertarian Ray M. Bell, Jr. in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Gordon (D) 89,927
Greg Conlon (R) 52,809
Ray M. Bell, Jr. (L) 6,925
California House of Representatives, District 21 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Gordon (D) 14,850
Josh Becker (D) 12,720
Yoriko Kishimoto (D) 10,190

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gordon is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gordon raised a total of $1,480,484 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[8]

Rich Gordon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 24 Won $761,259
2010 California State Assembly, District 21 Won $719,225
Grand Total Raised $1,480,484


Gordon won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $761,259.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rich Gordon's campaign in 2012
California Dental Association$14,600
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$12,800
California State Pipe Trades Council$12,500
California Association of Realtors$11,700
California Teachers Association$11,400
Total Raised in 2012$761,259
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Gordon raised $719,225 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 467 $15,600
California Teachers Association $15,600


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[10]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[11]



In 2014, Gordon's endorsements include the following:[12]

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Steve Westly, State Controller (Former)
  • Assemblymember Nora Campos
  • Assemblymember Paul Fong
  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
  • Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
  • Carole Groom, Supervisor-San Mateo County
  • Don Horsley, Supervisor-San Mateo County
  • Dave Pine, Supervisor-San Mateo County
  • Warren Slocum, Supervisor-San Mateo County
  • Adrienne Tissier, Supervisor-San Mateo County
  • Robert Adler, Controller-San Mateo County
  • Sandie Arnott, Treasurer-San Mateo County
  • Robert Foucrault, Coroner-San Mateo County
  • Greg Munks, Sheriff-San Mateo County
  • Steve Wagstaff, District Attorney-San Mateo County
  • Cindy Chavez, Supervisor-Santa Clara County
  • Dave Cortese, Supervisor-Santa Clara County
  • Joe Simitian, Supervisor-Santa Clara County


Gordon has a husband, Dennis McShane.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Beall Jr. (D)
California State Assembly District 24
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ira Ruskin (D)
California Assembly District 21
Succeeded by
Adam Gray (D)