Stephen Knight

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Stephen Knight
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 25
Date of primaryJune 3, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Senate District 21
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 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 36
High schoolPalmdale High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of serviceDates unknown
ProfessionPolice officer
Campaign website
Stephen "Steve" Knight is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 36th District from 2008 to 2012. He also serves on the Palmdale City Council.

Knight is seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 25th Congressional District of California.[1]


Knight is an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, a former soldier in the United States Army, Germany and a member of Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums.[2]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance, Vice-chair
Legislative Ethics, Vice-chair
Public Safety
Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Knight served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Knight served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Knight's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs/Economy: "California’s economy is sputtering. Some of our neighbors have lost their jobs, their homes and their way of life. The road to recovery for California is going to require putting people back to work in good paying jobs. We must do more to encourage job growth and business expansion."
  • Crime and Guns: "The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. As a profound believer in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, I find that laws that limit the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms to be both foolish and unconstitutional. Criminals, by their very nature, ignore laws. Creating more gun laws has never and will never reduce crime."
  • Education: "I believe every child is entitled to a first rate education, a safe learning environment and the opportunity to succeed academically. Unfortunately, the State of California is failing to meet the needs of many children."


—Stephen Knight's campaign website,

Knight's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 340 - Income taxes: credits: hiring credit
  • AB 357 - Firearms: license to carry concealed firearm
  • AB 703 - Housing: federal housing certificate program

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

Political Courage test

Knight 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Knight ranked as a 3.[8]



See also: California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Knight is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 21st District. Knight and Tony Strickland (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Lee Rogers (D), Evan Thomas (D), Troy Castagna (R), Navraj Singh (R), David Bruce (L) and Michael Mussack (I). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[9][1]

U.S. House, California District 25 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTony Strickland 29.6% 19,090
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Knight 28.4% 18,327
     Democratic Lee Rogers 22.2% 14,315
     Democratic Evan Thomas 9.5% 6,149
     Republican Troy Castagna 5.9% 3,805
     Libertarian David Bruce 1.9% 1,214
     Independent Michael Mussack 1.4% 933
     Republican Navraj Singh 1.1% 699
Total Votes 64,532
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Knight won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 21. He and Star Moffatt (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Knight was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

California State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Knight 57.6% 153,412
     Democratic Star Moffatt 42.4% 112,780
Total Votes 266,192


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Knight won re-election to the 36th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. he defeated Democrat Linda K. Jones in the November 2 general election.[12]

California State Assembly, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Knight (R) 66,312
Linda K. Jones (D) 48,943


In 2008 Knight was elected to the California State Assembly District 36. Knight (R) finished with 79,502 votes while his opponent Linda Jones finished with 74,841 votes.[13]

California State Assembly District 36
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Knight (R) 79,502
Linda Jones (D) 74,841

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knight is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Knight raised a total of $882,916 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[14]

Stephen Knight's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 21 Won $264,542
2010 California State Assembly, District 36 Won $366,035
2008 California State Assembly, District 36 Won $252,339
Grand Total Raised $882,916


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Knight's reports.

Stephen Knight (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$0$21,888$(187)$21,700
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$21,700$89,887$(14,841)$96,746
Pre-Primary[17]May 22, 2014$96,746$40,326$(93,824)$43,247
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$43,247$35,177$(65,611)$12,813
Running totals


Knight won election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Knight raised a total of $264,542.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stephen Knight's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Correctional Peace Officers Association$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Time Warner Cable$5,900
Total Raised in 2012$264,542
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Knight raised $366,035 in contributions.[19]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $13,800
Eli Lilly & Co $9,800
Farmers Insurance Group $7,900


Below are Knight's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[20]

Contributor 2008 total
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
George C Runner for Senate 2008 $7,200
Philip Morris $7,200
CA Medical Assoc $7,000
Personal Insurance Federation of CA $4,600


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[21]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[22]


Knight and his wife, Lily, have two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Stephen Knight campaign website, accessed January 21, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  3. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 22, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed March 13, 2014
  6. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  7. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  8. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Knight, Steve," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  20. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  22. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Liu (D)
California State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 36
Succeeded by
Steve Fox (D)