Mark DeSaulnier

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Mark DeSaulnier
Mark DeSaulnier.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGeorge Miller (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$4.61 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,050,374
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 7
2008-2014
California State Assembly
2007-2008
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross, 1952
Personal
Place of birthLowell, MA
ProfessionRestaurateur
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark DeSaulnier campaign logo
Mark DeSaulnier is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing California's 11th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2014. He defeated Tue Phan-Quang (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

DeSaulnier is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 7 from 2008 to 2014. DeSaulnier also previously represented the 11th Assembly District of the California State Assembly from 2006-2008.

Biography

DeSaulnier earned his B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross. He then worked as a probation officer, a truck driver and a hotel services employee. After moving to California, DeSaulnier worked for most of his career as a restaurant owner.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of DeSaulnier's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from California's 11th Congressional District
  • 2008-2014: California State Senate
  • 2006-2008: California State Assembly
  • 2003: Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • 1994-2006: Member of the Contra Costa County, California, board of supervisors
    • 1994: Chair of the board
  • 1991-1994: City Council of Concord, California
    • 1993: Mayor of Concord, California
  • 1974: Graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

DeSaulnier serves on the following committees:[4]

California Senate

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance
Health
Transportation and Housing, Chair
Legislative Audit

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mark DeSaulnier's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, DeSaulnier is a Moderate Liberal Populist. DeSaulnier received a score of 54 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[5]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Political positions

State constitution

California constitutional convention

DeSaulnier supported a California constitutional convention. He is a critic of the California Constitution, saying, "We keep adding rooms, but the hallways don’t connect together. There’s not a lot of thought given to the overall architecture.”[7]

Initiative rights

DeSaulnier was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 24, which would have made it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[8][9]

Legislative scorecards

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.[10][11]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, DeSaulnier ranked as a 91.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

DeSaulnier won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 11th District. DeSaulnier and Tue Phan-Quang (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Tony Daysog (D), Ki Ingersol (D), Cheryl Sudduth (D) and Jason Ramey (I). DeSaulnier then won the general election on November 4, 2014.[13][1]

U.S. House, California District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier 67.3% 117,502
     Republican Tue Phan-Quang 32.7% 57,160
Total Votes 174,662
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 11 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier 58.9% 59,605
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTue Phan-Quang 27.9% 28,242
     Democratic Cheryl Sudduth 4.9% 4,913
     Democratic Tony Daysog 3.4% 3,482
     Independent Jason Ramey 2.6% 2,673
     Democratic Ki Ingersol 2.3% 2,313
Total Votes 101,228
Source: California Secretary of State

Endorsements

DeSaulnier was endorsed by a number of local, state and federal elected officials. For a full list of endorsements, click here

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

DeSaulnier won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 7. He and Mark P. Meuser (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. DeSaulnier was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[14][15]

California State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier Incumbent 61.5% 229,105
     Republican Mark P. Meuser 38.5% 143,707
Total Votes 372,812

2008

In 2008, DeSaulnier was elected to the California State Senate, District 7. He finished with 256,311 votes while his opponent Christian Amsberry finished with 128,878 votes.[16]

California State Senate, District 7
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark DeSaulnier (D) 256,311
Christian Amsberry (R) 128,878

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for DeSaulnier is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, DeSaulnier raised a total of $3,050,374 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[17]

Mark De Saulnier's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (California, District 11) Won $561,969
2012 California State Senate, District 7 Won $587,356
2010 California State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $432,115
2008 California State Senate, District 7 Won $799,074
2006 California State Assembly, District 11 Won $669,860
Grand Total Raised $3,050,374

2014

DeSaulnier won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, DeSaulnier's campaign committee raised a total of $561,969 and spent $541,227.[18] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[19]

Cost per vote

DeSaulnier spent $4.61 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, California District 11, 2014 - Mark DeSaulnier Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $561,969
Total Spent $541,227
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $115,594
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $115,894
Top contributors to Mark DeSaulnier's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,000
Boilermakers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$53,000
Building Trade Unions$49,600
Industrial Unions$31,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$30,800
Health Professionals$21,750

Below are DeSaulnier's FEC reports.

2012

DeSaulnier won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, DeSaulnier raised a total of $587,356.

2010 (Off-cycle)

2008

In 2008 DeSaulnier raised $799,074 in campaign donations. Listed below are three of his top donors.[24]

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 302 $14,400
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO $14,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $14,400

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[25]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[26]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.===2012===

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[27]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

DeSaulnier has two sons and lives in Concord.[2]

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See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campaign website, "About," accessed April 15, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DESAULNIER, Mark James, (1952 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Mark DeSaulnier Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  7. Sacramento News & Review, "California Renovation," June 18, 2009
  8. Ballot Access News, "California Legislative Hearing on Bill to Ban Paying Circulators Per Signature," July 6, 2009
  9. California Senate, "Text of SB 34," September 2010 (timed out)
  10. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  11. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  12. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. Open Secrets, "DeSaulnier, Mark," accessed February 3, 2015
  18. Open Secrets, "Mark DeSaulnier 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  19. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mark DeSaulnier October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  24. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  25. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  26. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  27. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
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George Miller
U.S. House, California, District 11
2015-Present
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California State Senate District 7
2008–2014
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