Bonnie Lowenthal

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Bonnie Lowenthal
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California State Assembly District 70
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 electedNovember 2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Long Beach City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
Master'sCalifornia State University, Long Beach
ProfessionMental Health Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Bonnie Lowenthal is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 70. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She is also a member of the Long Beach City Council.

Lowenthal ran for mayor of Long Beach, California in 2014.[1]


Lowenthal's professional experience includes working as a Family Counselor and as a Mental Health Consultant at Centro de la Raza, HeadStart, and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Transportation, Chair
Emergency Management, Vice-chair
Legislative Audit


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


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


Lowenthal's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 32 - Public officials: personal information
  • AB 557 - Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
  • AB 1113 - Prisoners: professional mental health

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

Political Courage test

Lowenthal 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Lowenthal ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[5]



See also: Long Beach, California mayoral election, 2014

The city of Long Beach, California held mayoral elections on June 3, 2014, with a primary on April 8. Damon Dunn and Robert Garcia advanced past Bonnie Lowenthal, Doug Otto, Eric (Donald) Rock, Gerrie Schipske, Jana Shields, Mineo Gonzalez, Richard Camp, and Steven Mozena in the primary election. Garcia defeated Dunn in the general election.[6][7][8]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Lowenthal won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 70. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Martha E. Flores-Gibson (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

California State Assembly, District 70, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Lowenthal Incumbent 65.8% 100,676
     Republican Martha Flores Gibson 34.2% 52,321
Total Votes 152,997


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Lowenthal won re-election to the 54th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Republican Martha E. Flores-Gibson in the November 2 general election.[11]

California State Assembly, District 54 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Lowenthal (D) 73,775
Martha E. Flores-Gibson (R) 56,535


In 2008, Lowenthal was elected to the California State Assembly District 54. Lowenthal (D) finished with 95,350 votes and was followed by Gabriella Holt (R) with 61,650 votes and John Kling (L) with 9,896 votes.[12]

California State Assembly District 54
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Lowenthal (D) 95,350
Gabriella Holt (R) 61,650
John Kling (L) 9,896

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lownethal is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lownethal raised a total of $2,056,295 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[13]

Bonnie Lowenthal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 70 Won $419,081
2010 California State Assembly, District 54 Won $754,422
2008 California State Assembly, District 54 Won $882,792
Grand Total Raised $2,056,295


Lowenthal won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowenthal raised a total of $419,081.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bonnie Lowenthal's campaign in 2012
Longshore & Warehouse Local 13$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$5,800
Electrical Workers Local 11$5,000
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$419,081
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Lowenthal raised $754,422 in contributions.[14]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Longshore & Warehouse Local 13 $15,600
Operating Engineers Local 3 $13,700
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $12,800
Operating Engineers Local 12 $12,800


Below are Lowenthal's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[15]

Contributor 2008 total
Longshore & Warehouse Local 13 $14,400
Marine Clerks Local 63 $14,400
CA Democratic Party $11,846
Operating Engineers Local 12 $10,800
CA Medical Assoc $10,800


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

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[16]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[17]


Lowenthal's ex-husband is Alan Lowenthal, a fellow California politician. She is a member of the Buffum Young Men's Christian Association Advisory Board, Social Work Community Advisory Committee - California State University, Long Beach, Flossie Lewis Recovery Center Advisory Board, International City Theatre Board of Directors, Long Beach Police Chief's Asian Advisory Committee and the National League of Cities.[18]

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  1. Press Telegram, "3 Long Beach mayoral candidates raise more than $150K in 2013" January 27, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed March 13, 2014
  3. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  4. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  5. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  6. Long Beach Press-Telegram "Robert Garcia wins, Damon Dunn second as Long Beach mayor race goes to runoff," April 8, 2014
  7. City of Long Beach "Long Beach Primary Nominating Election - April 8, 2014 - Unofficial Results," accessed April 9, 2014
  8. City of Long Beach, "Municipal Election 06032014 June 3, 2014 Unofficial Results," June 4, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Lowenthal, Bonnie," accessed September 14, 2013
  14. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  17. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald P. Wagner (R)
California Assembly District 70
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 54
Succeeded by
Holly Mitchell (D)