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David Cogdill
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California State Senate District 14
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
David Cogdill (b. 1950) is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 14 from 2006 to 2010. He served in the California State Assembly from 2000-2006 and as a member of the Modesto City Council in the mid-1990s.

Cogdill was the Senate Minority leader until February 18, 2009, when he was voted out of the leadership position and replaced by Dennis Hollingsworth. Senate Republicans were unhappy over Cogdill's position on the 2009 California state budget compromise, which led to a set of six budget ballot propositions going on the May 19 special election ballot in California.[1][2]

Cogdill joined Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat Darrell Steinberg on the campaign trail to push for the May 2009 ballot proposition package.


Cogdill's professional experience includes working as a real estate appraiser and owning Cogdill and Giomi, a real-estate appraisal business.[3]


Cogdill, on left, responds to 2009 State of the State address

Cogdill was a member of:


"Sacramento Six"

Senator Cogdill, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans became known as the Sacramento Six.[4]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Cogdill was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010.


In 2006 Cogdill was elected to the California State Senate, District 14. He finished with 167,804 votes while his opponent Wesley Firch finished with 85,679 votes.[5] Cogdill raised $679,659 in campaign funds.

California State Senate, District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Cogdill (R) 167,804
Wesley Firch 85,679

Campaign donors


In 2006, Cogdill raised $679,659 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
California Association of Realtors $13,400
AT&T $11,050
California Medical Association $9,700
Farmers Insurance Group $8,300

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.[7][8]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Cogdill ranked as a 6.[9]

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Preceded by
California State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Tom Berryhill