Toni Atkins (California)

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Toni Atkins
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California State Assembly District 78
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Assembly Majority Whip
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Bachelor'sEmory and Henry College
Master'sHarvard University
BirthdayAugust 1, 1962
ProfessionSenior policy analyst
Campaign website
Toni Atkins (b. August 1, 1962) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 78. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. From 2000 to 2008, she was a council member for the City of San Diego and served as Deputy Mayor in 2005.


Atkins earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Community Organizing from Emory and Henry College and graduated from the Senior Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 2004. Her professional experience includes working as director of clinic services for Womancare Health Center, on the staff of Council Member Christine Kehoe of the City of San Diego and working as a senior policy analyst for LeSar Development Company since 2008.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Housing and Community Development
Veterans Affairs
Legislative Audit
Joint Rules


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


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Atkins outlined her campaign themes:[1]

  • "Serving in the State Assembly has been an honor, but I know that there still much to be done in order to get Californian’s working again, to provide the best possible funding for all levels of public education, and to maintain our safety net for those who need it the most. That’s why I am running for re-election. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and I know that there will be many tough decisions on California’s path to recovery."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will consist of a primary election on June 3, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Toni Atkins (D) will face Barbara Decker (R) and Kevin D. Melton (R) in the blanket primary.[2]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Atkins won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 78. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 76. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Robert Williams (R). Atkins defeated Ralph Denney (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 62.4% 116,987
     Republican Ralph Denney 37.6% 70,526
Total Votes 187,513
California State Assembly, District 78 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 59.8% 54,175
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Denney 27.9% 25,291
     Republican Robert Williams 12.3% 11,121
Total Votes 90,587


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Atkins was uncontested in the June 8 primary election. He defeated Republican Ralph Denney and Libertarian Daniel H. Baehr in the November 2 general election.[5]

California State Assembly, District 76 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Toni Atkins (D) 75,357
Ralph Denney (R) 48,610
Daniel H. Baehr (L) 6,679

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Atkins is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Atkins raised a total of $1,377,891 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[6]

Toni Atkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 78 Won $775,830
2010 California State Assembly, District 76 Won $602,061
Grand Total Raised $1,377,891


Atkins won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Atkins raised a total of $775,830.


In 2010, Atkins raised $602,061 in contributions.[7]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Dental Association $15,600
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $8,900
California Medical Association $8,800


Atkins has a spouse, Jennifer LeSar.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Block (D)
California State Assembly District 78
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lori Saldana (D)
California Assembly District 76
Succeeded by
Rocky Chavez (R)