Ronald S. Calderon
|Ronald S. Calderon|
|California State Senate District 30|
|Leave of Absence|
|December 16, 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|California State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Los Angeles, 1980|
|Birthday||August 12, 1957|
|Place of birth||Montebello, CA|
|Religion||Protestant and Catholic|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Controversies
- 6 30th District profile
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Prior to his election to the state senate, Calderon served in the California State Assembly from 2002-2006.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Calderon was appointed to the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Banking and Financial Institutions|
|• Environmental Quality|
|• Governmental Organization|
|• Insurance, Chair|
Due to an investigation by the FBI, Calderon was stripped of all his committee assignments on November 12, 2013.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Calderon served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Governmental Organization|
|• Insurance, Chair|
|• Public Safety|
|• Veterans Affairs|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Calderon served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Banking, Finance and Insurance|
|• Budget and Fiscal Review|
|• Energy, Utilities and Communications|
|• Governmental Organization|
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.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Calderon ranked as a 64.
- See also: State executive official elections, 2014
Calderon was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 38th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Calderon dropped out of the race and endorsed Linda Sanchez in January 2012.
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
|California State Senate, District 30 General Election (2010)|
|Ronald S. Calderon (D)||105,946|
|Warren P. Willis (R)||48,534|
In 2006 Calderon was elected to the California State Senate, District 30. He finished with 93,436 votes while his opponent Selma Minerd finished with 38,340 votes. Calderon raised $968,152 for his campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 30|
|Ronald S. Calderon (D)||93,436|
|Selma Minerd (R)||38,340|
Comprehensive donor information for Calderon is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Calderon raised a total of $4,029,743 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.
|Ronald S.'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||California State Senate, District 30||$0|
|2010||California State Senate, District 30||$786,598|
|2008||California State Senate, District 30||$678,733|
|2006||California State Senate, District 30||$968,152|
|2004||California State Assembly, District 58||$964,408|
|2002||California State Assembly, District 58||$631,852|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,029,743|
2012Calderon was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Calderon raised a total of $0.
|California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ronald S. Calderon's campaign in 2012|
|Total Raised in 2012||$0|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Calderon raised $786,598 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|Professional Engineers In California Government||$9,800|
|California Dental Association||$9,500|
|Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters||$8,900|
|State Building & Construction Trades Council Of California||$8,600|
Senator Calderon speaks to striking members of Writers Guild of America
In 2006 Calderon raised $968,152 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.
|California Building Industry Association||$20,000|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$8,157|
|Professional Engineers in California Government||$7,000|
California Film Commission bribe indictment
Calderon was removed from the California Film Commission on October 31, 2013, after an affidavit leaked to media sources revealed accusations that the Democratic Senator has accepted more than $60,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner. According to the affidavit, Calderon reportedly accepted the money in exchange for his support of lucrative tax breaks for small studios. Calderon was removed from all of his other committee assignments on November 12, 2014. California State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg expressed doubts about Calderon's ability to continue serving in the legislature. “This is serious stuff, and it doesn’t reflect well on the individual involved, obviously,” Steinberg said.
On February 21, 2014, Calderon was charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes in addition to plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to golf resorts in exchange for pushing legislation related to film tax credits and workers' compensation. "Today’s action by the US Attorney casts a shadow of corruption and greed over our government and all who serve as elected officials," said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D). Steinberg refused to comment officially until the Democratic caucus had a chance to meet.
On March 3, 2014, Calderon announced he would take a leave of absence to fight his bribery charges.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the state Capitol on June 4, 2013, searching the offices of Calderon and the Latino Legislative Caucus. It was the first time the Capitol had been raided since the 1980s Shrimpscam sting, in which undercover agents offered bribes to legislators willing to sponsor fake bills.
While the cause of the investigation was not immediately known, news reports cited sources claiming that the probe centered around Calderon's relations to the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County. Calderon's brother, former assemblyman Tom Calderon, was contracted to consult the water district for $11,000 per month.
Gift disclosure fine
In February 2010, Calderon agreed to pay a fine of $600 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well. Calderon's violations, which were more than any other legislator, included $300 in concert tickets from Verizon and $250 in golfing fees from the California Cable and Telecommunications Association.
30th District profile
California Senate District 30 includes part of Los Angeles County, including Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, East La Mirada, Huntington Park, La Mirada, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Whittier, West Whittier-Los Nietos, Whittier, and parts of East Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, and South Gate.
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- Official website of State Senator Ronald S. Calderon
- Legislative profile of Ronald S. Calderon on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Ronald S. Calderon on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- latimes.com, "Sen. Ronald Calderon stripped of committee assignments amid inquiry," November 12, 2013
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
- California Newswire, "Calif. State Senator Ron Calderon Announces Campaign for Congress," August 9, 2011
- Sacramento Bee "Ron Calderon drops bid for congress, endorses Linda Sanchez," Accessed March 1, 2012
- Sacramento Bee, California State Senate election results
- California State Senate official election results
- "Follow the Money", "Calderon, Ron", Accessed September 17, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Campaign donations
- "CBS Local Los Angeles", "In Wake Of Sting, Sen. Ron Calderon Removed From State Film Panel", Accessed Nov. 1, 2013"
- "Capitol Alert", "California Sen. Ron Calderon removed from Film Commission", Accessed Nov. 1, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Calderon indictment could affect other races, supermajority," February 21, 2014
- sacbee.com, "Ron Calderon takes leave of absence from California Senate," March 3, 2014
- McClatchy News, "California Sen. Ron Calderon at Center of FBI Investigation," June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times, "Calderon ties to water district may be part of FBI investigation," June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Associated Press, "Lawmaker says investigation has left him stressed," June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Associated Press, "FBI Looking Into State Sen. Calderon, Brother Since 2005," June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Sacramento Bee, "California lawmakers agree to pay fines over gift disclosure," February 2, 2010
- Overview of Senate District 30
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