Robert Hertzberg

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Robert Hertzberg
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California State Senate, District 18
In office
December 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly
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Robert Hertzberg is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Hertzberg previously served in the California State Assembly and held the position of Speaker of the House.


Hertzberg's professional experience includes working for Think Long Committee for California, as a Partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown and serving on the board of the Center for Governmental Studies.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hertzberg served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2015
Elections and Constitutional Amendments
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance, Chair
Natural Resources and Water



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Bob Hertzberg (D) and Ricardo Antonio Benitez (R) defeated John P. "Jack" Lindblad (G) in the blanket primary. Hertzberg defeated Benitez in the general election.[1][2][3]

California State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Hertzberg 70.2% 79,495
     Republican Ricardo Antonio Benitez 29.8% 33,794
Total Votes 113,289
California State Senate, District 18 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Hertzberg 63.1% 35,338
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Antonio Benitez 29.1% 16,289
     Green John P. Lindblad 7.8% 4,392
Total Votes 56,019



In 2014, Hertzberg's endorsements included the following:[4]

  • Former Assemblyman and Majority Leader Dario Frommer
  • Attorney & Businessman David Fleming
  • Former L.A. City Controller Laura Chick
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Congressman Howard Berman (ret)
  • Congresswoman Diane Watson (ret)
  • California Governor Gray Davis (ret)
  • California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
  • California Attorney General (ret) and L.A. District Attorney John Van De Kamp (ret)
  • California State Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • California State Controller Steve Westly (ret)
  • State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • State Senate President pro Tem David Roberti (ret)


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Hertzberg has a wife, Dr. Cynthia Telles.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Fuller (R)
California State Senate District 18
Succeeded by