Richard Bloom

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Richard Bloom
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California State Assembly District 50
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
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 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
Mayor, Santa Monica, California
High schoolFairfax Senior High School (1971)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley (1975)
J.D.Loyola Law School Los Angeles (1978)
Office website
Richard Bloom is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 50. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.[1] He previously served as the Mayor of Santa Monica for three terms and Mayor Pro Tempore for two terms.[2]


Bloom earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley in 1975 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1978.[3]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Higher Education
Fisheries and Aquaculture


Campaign themes


Bloom's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "The greatest challenge the Assembly defeated is putting California on a fair, responsible and sustainable fiscal path. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "My wife, Robbie, and I raised two children who attended our fine public schools. Like most parents, we are proud that Zac and Emmett attended great colleges and are now making their way in the world pursuing exciting careers."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "My record as a strong steward of California's environment is well known. Throughout my public career, I have led on issue after issue, making sure that we leave a better environment to our children and that we enact sustainable policies to protect our land and oceans well into the future."

Facial scrub ban

In April 2014, Bloom supported a ban on microbeads, which are small non-biodegradable plastic particles in facial scrubs and soaps. The microbeads make their way past sewage and water treatment facilities and into rivers and streams.[5] “We have no choice but to eliminate this pollution at the source,” Bloom said in an interview. “Waiting will only compound the problem and the price of cleaning up.” He also said that the particles can be ingested by fish, crabs, and shellfish, which could then be eaten by humans. “We lived without microbeads before they went into products and we can live without them afterwards,” said Bloom.[5]



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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Richard Bloom (D) and Bradly S. Torgan (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Bloom will face Torgan in the general election.[6][7]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Bloom won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 50. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Torie Osborn (D) and Bradly Torgan (R). Bloom defeated incumbent Betsy Butler (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 50.5% 93,445
     Democratic Betsy Butler Incumbent 49.5% 91,740
Total Votes 185,185
California State Assembly, District 50 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 25.6% 15,947
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Butler Incumbent 25.8% 16,084
     Democratic Torie Osborn 24.3% 15,155
     Republican Bradly Torgan 24.4% 15,227
Total Votes 62,413

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bloom is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bloom raised a total of $862,409 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[10]

Richard Bloom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 50 Won $862,409
Grand Total Raised $862,409


Bloom won election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Bloom raised a total of $862,409.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Bloom's campaign in 2012
Excel Property Management Services, Inc.$7,800
Equity Office Properties$7,800
Mani Brothers, LLC$7,800
Kilroy Realty LP$7,800
California Chamber of Commerce$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$862,409
Source:Follow the Money


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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]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Lara (D)
California State Assembly District 50
Succeeded by