Juan Arambula

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Juan Arambula
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California State Assembly District 31
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Independent
Profession Attorney
Juan Arambula is a former Independent member of the California State Assembly, representing District 31 from 2004 to 2010.

Arambula was elected as a Democrat, but on June 23, 2009, confirmed that he had changed his party registration from Democratic to Independent.[1]

Prior to his election to the state assembly, Arambula served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2004 and as a member of the Fresno Unified School Board from 1987 to 1996.


Arambula earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, his M.S. in Educational Administration/Policy Analysis from Stanford and his J.D. from Boalt Law School at UC-Berkeley.

Change in party affiliation

Arambula attributed his July 2009 decision to register as an Independent rather than as a Democrat to these factors:[1]

  • "I think I owe it to my constituents to be an independent voice. My hope is that by becoming an independent that the concerns and the interests of my region will be heard."
  • He had reservations about the Democrats' budget package and its tax increases on tobacco and oil severance. "I have, in the past, voted for taxes, and I think there is a time and place to do so. The reality is that we are unlikely to get a two-thirds (vote) to raise taxes, so whether I might support them in limited situations or not is an academic issue...I could vote for additional revenues if we had had done everything we can to reduce the costs."

"I'm not a Republican. I don't intend to be a Republican. I want to feel free to disagree regardless what party is involved."

Committee assignments

Arambula served on the following committees:

Arambula's State of the State Response


Arambula's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 471 - Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection
  • AB 507 - Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
  • AB 752 - State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund

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



Arambula was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008, Arambula was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 31. Arambula ran as a Democrat but later switched his party affiliation to Independent. Arambula (D) finished with 64,620 votes while his opponent Clifford Archer (R) finished with 28,310 votes.

California State Assembly District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Juan Armbula (D) 64,620
Clifford Archer (R) 28,310

Campaign donors


Below are Arambula's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[2]

Contributor 2008 total
CA State Council of Laborers $9,200
Northern CA Carpenters Regional Council $8,200
CA Assoc of Realtors $7,200
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $7,200

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, Arambula ranked as a 78.[5]


Arambula and his wife, Amy, have four children: Joaquin, Carmen, Diego, and Miguel.

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 31
Succeeded by
Henry T. Perea