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Betsy Butler
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Candidate for
California State Senate, District 26
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 53
Bachelor'sSan Diego University
Place of birthSacramento, California
ProfessionDevelopment Director, Consumer Attorneys of CA
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Betsy Butler is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 26 of the California State Senate.

Butler served in the California State Assembly, representing District 53 from 2010 to 2012. She was formerly an intern for Senator Alan Cranston of the United States Senate and for Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy of the State of California. Butler also served on the staff of the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. She also interned for Assemblymember Lucy Killea.


Butler graduated from San Diego University. She went on to graduate from the Executive Program in Management at the University of California Los Angeles.

Butler's professional experience includes her work as director of development for the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Committee assignments


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



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate 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. Ben Allen (D), Barbi S. Appelquist (D), Betsy Butler (D), Sandra Fluke (D), Amy Howorth (D), Vito Imbasciani (D), Patric M. Verrone (D) and Seth Stodder (I) will face off in the blanket primary.[1]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Butler ran for re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 50. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Torie Osborn (D) and Bradly Torgan (R). Butler was defeated by Richard Bloom (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

California State Assembly, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 50.5% 93,445
     Democratic Betsy Butler Incumbent 49.5% 91,740
Total Votes 185,185
California State Assembly, District 50 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bloom 25.6% 15,947
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Butler Incumbent 25.8% 16,084
     Democratic Torie Osborn 24.3% 15,155
     Republican Bradly Torgan 24.4% 15,227
Total Votes 62,413


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Butler defeated Kate Anderson, Nick Karno, James T. Lau, Edgar Saenz, Peter Luke Thottam, Diane M. Wallace, and Mitch Ward in the June 8 primary election. She then defeated Republican Nathan Mintz, Green Party candidate Lisa Ann Green, and Libertarian Ethan Musulin in the November 2 general election.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 53 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Butler (D) 73,344
Nathan Mintz (R) 62,770
Lisa Ann Green (G) 6,526
Ethan Musulin (L) 3,446
California House of Representatives, District 53 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Butler (D) 8,877
James T. Lau (D) 6,051
Nick Karno (D) 4,751
Mitch Ward (D) 4,555
Kate Anderson (D) 3,946
Peter Luke Thottam (D) 1,936
Edgar Saenz (D) 1,774
Diane M. Wallace (D) 1,376

Campaign donors


In 2010, Butler raised $936,214 in contributions.[6]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $34,735
Consumer Attorneys Of California $15,600
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Cmte $14,600
Peace Officers Research Association Of California $12,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Lieu (D)
California Assembly District 53
Succeeded by
John Perez (D)