Roger Niello

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Roger Niello
California State Assembly District 5
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Roger Niello was a Republican member of the California State Assembly. He represented California's 5th Assembly District, a position to which he was first elected in November 2004.

The 5th District in the California State Assembly includes Arden Arcade, Carmichael, the City of Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, the City of Folsom, North Highlands, McClellan Park, Orangevale, Natomas, and Sacramento in Sacramento County and Granite Bay in Placer County.

Committee assignments

Niello was a member of the following committees:

Issue positions

Niello did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[1]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[2][3]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Niello ranked as an 11.[4]

"Sacramento Six"

Assemblyman Niello, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans have become known as the Sacramento Six.[5]

Ballot titles

In 2009, Niello introduced California Assembly Bill 319. AB 319 proposes to transfer responsibility for writing the ballot titles of statewide California propositions from the California Attorney General's office to the office of the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). AB 319 would also have the LAO come up with the fiscal estimates for statewide ballot propositions, rather than the current system under which the fiscal estimate is compiled jointly by the Department of Finance and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee along with an estimate by the LAO.[6]

Niello's other sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 757 - Income taxes: education savings account
  • AB 848 - Small Business Procurement and Contract Act
  • AB 1133 - Gifts for voting

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



Niello was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008 Niello was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 5. Niello (R) finished with 101,888 votes and was followed by Dan Leahy (D) with 71,733 votes and Karen Martinez (L) with 13,790 votes.[7] Niello raised $850,464 for her campaign fund.[8]

California State Assembly District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Roger Niello (R) 101,888
Dan Leahy (D) 71,733
Karen Martinez (L) 13,790

Campaign donors


Below are Niello's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Dental Assoc $8,210
Altria $7,200
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
A Teichert & Son $6,600
Farmers Insurance Group $6,600

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 5
Succeeded by
Richard Pan