Betty Yee

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Betty Yee
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California Controller
In office
Term ends
Years in position 0
Base salary$139,189
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,865,404
Term limitsN/A
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Betty Yee is the Democratic California Controller. She first won election to the office on November 4, 2014.[1]

Yee is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[2]

Political career

California Controller (2015-present)

Yee was first elected to the state controller's office on November 4, 2014. She was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, replacing term-limited predecessor John Chiang (D).



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Yee is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[2]


See also: California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Yee ran for election to the office of California Controller. Yee secured one of two possible nominations in the primary on June 3, 2014, and faced Republican Ashley Swearengin in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
California Controller, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAshley Swearengin 24.8% 1,001,473
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Yee 21.7% 878,195
     Democratic John Perez 21.7% 877,714
     Republican David Evans 21% 850,109
     Green Laura Wells 5.7% 231,352
     Democratic Tammy D. Blair 5% 200,532
Total Votes 4,039,375
Election Results via California Secretary of State.
General election
California Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Yee 54% 3,810,304
     Republican Ashley Swearengin 46% 3,249,668
Total Votes 7,059,972
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Close contest

In the June 3 primary, Republican Mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin secured the first nomination to advance to the general election, but the race for second place was considered too-close-to-call until July 1, when Democrat Betty Yee was named the winner by less than 500 votes out of over 4 million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of one percent.[3] Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to foot the bill. The high cost of a statewide recount works as an effective deterrent to members of the public who might otherwise be compelled to instigate proceedings, leaving the narrowly defeated candidate to make the call. In a statement released after Yee was declared the victor, third-place finisher and fellow Democrat John Pérez said, "Since this is one of closest statewide elections in the history of California, we have an obligation to review and ensure that every vote cast is accurately counted."[4] Pérez' campaign held a reported $1.8 million cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a statewide hand recount.[5]

On July 6, Pérez ordered a recount to take place in 15 counties, including the populous Los Angeles County, where he planned to invest $1 million in hopes that home turf advantage might sway the vote in his favor.[6] Recount efforts lasted one week before Perez officially conceded the race to Yee.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yee is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Yee raised a total of $1,865,404 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 16, 2015.[8]

Betty Yee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 California Controller Won $1,865,404
Grand Total Raised $1,865,404


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