Dennis Hollingsworth

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Dennis Hollingsworth
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California State Senate District 36
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Dennis Hollingsworth is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 36 from 2002 to 2010.

Hollingsworth became the Senate Minority leader on February 18, 2009, when David Cogdill was voted out of the leadership position by Senate Republicans who 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]

Prior to joining the state senate, Hollingsworth was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2002.


Hollingsworth's professional experience includes working as the Chair of the California State Public Sector committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Chair of the California chapter of Quail Unlimited and President of the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund.

Committee assignments

Senator Hollingsworth on budget, 2007

Hollingsworth served on these standing committees:


According to Hollingsworth's website, "His conservative voting record consistently earns him “A” ratings from taxpayer protection and business groups such as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Chamber of Commerce.



See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Hollingsworth was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of California's term limits.


In 2006 Hollingsworth was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 36. Hollingsworth finished with 164,025 votes and he was followed by Mark Hanson with 85,706 votes and Joe Shea with 9,001 votes.[3] Hollingsworth raised $387,846 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 36
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Hollingsworth (R) 164,025
Mark Hanson (D) 85,706
Joe Shea (L) 9,001

Campaign donors


In 2006, Hollingsworth raised $387,846 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
AT&T $8,400
California Association of Realtors $6,700
Intuit $5,600
California Association of Health Plans $5,384

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.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Hollingsworth ranked as a 6.[7]


Hollingsworth and his wife, Natalie, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 36
Succeeded by
Joel Anderson