Wesley Chesbro

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Wesley Chesbro
California State Assembly District 2
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
California State Senate
County Supervisor, Humboldt County
Arcata City Council
BirthdayAugust 20, 1951
Wesley Chesbro (b. August 20, 1951 in Glendale, CA) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Chesbro served in the California State Senate from 1998-2006. He was a County Supervisor in Humboldt County from 1980-1990 and was on the Arcata City Council from 1974-1980.[1]


Chesbro's professional experience includes serving as a board member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board and as the founder and director of the Arcata Community Recycling Center from 1971-1972.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Governmental Organization
Natural Resources, Chair
Fisheries and Aquaculture, Chair
Legislative Budget


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


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


Chesbro's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 648 - Rural hospitals: physician services
  • AB 683 - Local educational agencies: program improvement
  • AB 754 - Medi-Cal: mental health plans

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

Policy positions

Chesbro's answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he responded:

  • "Strengthening and supporting the Public Education System"
  • "Providing accessible and timely health care services and public health protection for all the people of the district"
  • "Protecting and restoring the natural resources and strengthening the environmental protection for workers and families throughout California"[2]

Chesbro has expressed particularly strong opposition to the California Proposition 1, Water Bond (2014). Of the proposal, he says, "They want to take our water and then make us help pay for it." He also says, "Funding removal of the Klamath dams while at the same time threatening the flows in the Trinity River is a fool’s bargain. We need to find a way to fund dam removal that doesn’t put the Trinity and our other North Coast rivers at risk."[3]

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.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Chesbro ranked as a 94.[6]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Chesbro won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 2. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 1. He advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary, defeating Firenza Xuan Pini (D) and Pamela Elizondo (G). Chesbro defeated Tom Lynch (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

California State Assembly, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Chesbro Incumbent 63.1% 111,451
     Democratic Tom Lynch 36.9% 65,302
Total Votes 176,753
California State Assembly, District 2 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Chesbro Incumbent 64.1% 60,414
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Lynch 22.9% 21,536
     Democratic Firenza Xuan Pini 4.3% 4,015
     Green Pamela Elizondo 8.8% 8,261
Total Votes 94,226


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Chesbro won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Karen Brooks in the November 2 general election.[9]

California State Assembly, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley Chesbro (D) 98,250
Karen Brooks (R) 61,414


In 2008 Chesbro was elected to the California State Assembly District 1. Chesbro (D) finished with 137,777 votes while his opponent Jim Pell (R) finished with 56,870 votes.[10] Chesbro raised $323,206 for his campaign fund.[11]

California State Assembly District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley Chesbro (D) 137,777
Jim Pell (R) 56,870

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chesbro is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Chesbro raised a total of $1,600,441 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[12]

Wesley Chesbro's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 2 Won $427,959
2010 California State Assembly, District 1 Won $411,988
2008 California State Assembly, District 1 Won $323,206
2004 California State Senate, District 2 Not up for election $437,288
Grand Total Raised $1,600,441


Chesbro won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Chesbro raised a total of $427,959.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wesley Chesbro's campaign in 2012
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$11,800
California Teachers Association$11,400
California State Association of Electrical Workers$10,000
Humboldt Redwood Co.$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$427,959
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Chesbro raised $411,988 in contributions.[13]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
The Doctors Co $7,800
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
California Assisted Living Association $7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800


Chesbro's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
AFSCME California $9,600
Operating Engineers Local 3 $9,100
CA State Council of Laborers $8,200


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[15]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[16]


In February 2010, The California State Sheriff's Association Chesbro as its Outstanding Legislator for 2009. They noted his work to secure funding for rural sheriff's departments. Chesbro's legislation provides an additional $500,000 per year to sheriffs departments in rural areas.[17]

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Preceded by
Jim Nielsen (R)
California Assembly District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Patty Berg
California Assembly District 1
Succeeded by
Brian Dahle (R)
Preceded by
Mike Thompson
California Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Patricia Wiggins