Richard Roth

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Richard Roth
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California State Senate District 31
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
High schoolAda High School (1968)
Bachelor'sMiami University (1972)
J.D.Emory University School of Law (1974)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1975-2007
Place of birthColumbus, Ohio
ProfessionAttorney/Small business owner
Richard D. Roth is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Roth earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1972 and his J.D. from Emory University in 1974. He entered the Air Force in 1975, becoming a reservist in 1979. His professional experience includes working as an attorney/small business owner. Roth retired in 2007 with the rank of Major General and awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions
Budget and Fiscal Review
Legislative Ethics, Chair
Transportation and Housing
Veterans Affairs
Emergency Management
Legislative Budget


Campaign themes


Roth has stated the following in a biographical submission to Ballotpedia.[1]

"A career in the Air Force taught me public service is about working together. I believe it’s time to end the partisan games and start delivering for Riverside County. I’ve lived in Riverside for 33 years, working in both the public and private sectors. As a local business owner, past chairman of Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and past President of the Monday Morning Group, I understand the challenges we face and have a concrete jobs plan that includes job training for veterans, attracting new startups, a medical school for UCR and protecting our schools and colleges."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Roth won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 31. He and Jeff Miller (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Steve Clute (D). Roth was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 55.3% 133,882
     Republican Jeff Miller 44.7% 108,320
Total Votes 242,202
California State Senate, District 31 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Miller 51.1% 38,641
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 28.8% 21,812
     Democratic Steve Clute 20.1% 15,191
Total Votes 75,644

In a cross-party endorsement, defeated Democratic candidate Steve Clute endorsed Republican candidate Jeff Miller over his Democratic opponent Roth in the general election to decide the District 31 seat.[5] In the endorsement Clute said, "Although our party of preference means ideologically we may not agree on every issue, one thing I know is Jeff Miller will stand up for Riverside County. Voters can trust that Miller will stand up for us when it comes to ending government waste; funding our local schools and most importantly getting our local businesses growing again. In these difficult times, supporting the best candidate is more important than party preference."[5]

Campaign donors


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[6]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[7]


Roth is married to his wife, Cindy.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Dutton (R)
California State Senate District 31
Succeeded by