Ronald S. Calderon

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Ronald S. Calderon
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California State Senate District 30
In office
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First elected2006
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles, 1980
BirthdayAugust 12, 1957
Place of birthMontebello, CA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionProtestant and Catholic
Office website
Ronald S. Calderon is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He is currently suspended from the chamber pending a criminal investigation.

Prior to his election to the state senate, Calderon served in the California State Assembly from 2002-2006.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Calderon was appointed to the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions
Environmental Quality
Governmental Organization
Insurance, Chair

Due to an investigation by the FBI, Calderon was stripped of all his committee assignments on November 12, 2013.[1]


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


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


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.[2][3]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Calderon ranked as a 64.[4]



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Calderon has filed a "Statement of Intention" with the secretary of state to run for California Controller in the 2014 elections.[5]


See also: California's 38th Congressional District elections, 2012

Calderon was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 38th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[6] Calderon dropped out of the race and endorsed Linda Sanchez in January 2012.[7]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Calderon won re-election to the 30th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Republican Warren P. Willis in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Senate, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald S. Calderon (D) 105,946
Warren P. Willis (R) 48,534


In 2006 Calderon was elected to the California State Senate, District 30. He finished with 93,436 votes while his opponent Selma Minerd finished with 38,340 votes.[9] Calderon raised $968,152 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald S. Calderon (D) 93,436
Selma Minerd (R) 38,340

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Calderon is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Calderon raised a total of $4,029,743 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[10]

Ronald S.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 30 Not up for election $0
2010 California State Senate, District 30 Won $786,598
2008 California State Senate, District 30 Not up for election $678,733
2006 California State Senate, District 30 Won $968,152
2004 California State Assembly, District 58 Won $964,408
2002 California State Assembly, District 58 Won $631,852
Grand Total Raised $4,029,743


Calderon was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Calderon raised a total of $0.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ronald S. Calderon's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Calderon raised $786,598 in contributions.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Professional Engineers In California Government $9,800
California Dental Association $9,500
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $8,900
State Building & Construction Trades Council Of California $8,600


Senator Calderon speaks to striking members of Writers Guild of America

In 2006 Calderon raised $968,152 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[12]

Donor Amount
California Building Industry Association $20,000
AT&T $9,900
Farmers Insurance Group $8,157
Professional Engineers in California Government $7,000


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

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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.

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


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[14]


California Film Commission bribe indictment

Calderon was removed from the California Film Commission on October 31, 2013, after an affidavit leaked to media sources revealed accusations that the Democratic Senator has accepted more than $60,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner. According to the affidavit, Calderon reportedly accepted the money in exchange for his support of lucrative tax breaks for small studios. Calderon was removed from all of his other committee assignments on November 12, 2014.[1] California State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg expressed doubts about Calderon's ability to continue serving in the legislature. “This is serious stuff, and it doesn’t reflect well on the individual involved, obviously,” Steinberg said.

Calderon was not immediately available to comment on the document's claims, according to news reports. The FBI has stated that it will be opening an investigation into the leaked affidavit.[15][16]

On February 21, 2014, Calderon was charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes in addition to plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to golf resorts in exchange for pushing legislation related to film tax credits and workers' compensation. "Today’s action by the US Attorney casts a shadow of corruption and greed over our government and all who serve as elected officials," said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D). Steinberg refused to comment officially until the Democratic caucus had a chance to meet.[17]

On March 3, 2014, Calderon announced he would take a leave of absence to fight his bribery charges.[18]

FBI investigation

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the state Capitol on June 4, 2013, searching the offices of Calderon and the Latino Legislative Caucus. It was the first time the Capitol had been raided since the 1980s Shrimpscam sting, in which undercover agents offered bribes to legislators willing to sponsor fake bills.[19]

While the cause of the investigation was not immediately known, news reports cited sources claiming that the probe centered around Calderon's relations to the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County. Calderon's brother, former assemblyman Tom Calderon, was contracted to consult the water district for $11,000 per month.[20][21][22]

On March 28, 2014, Calderon was suspended from the chamber by a 28-1 vote along with fellow Sens. Roderick Wright (D) and Leland Yee (D).[23]

Gift disclosure fine

In February 2010, Calderon agreed to pay a fine of $600 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well. Calderon's violations, which were more than any other legislator, included $300 in concert tickets from Verizon and $250 in golfing fees from the California Cable and Telecommunications Association.[24]

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  1. 1.0 1.1, "Sen. Ronald Calderon stripped of committee assignments amid inquiry," November 12, 2013
  2. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  3. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  4. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  5. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  6. California Newswire, "Calif. State Senator Ron Calderon Announces Campaign for Congress," August 9, 2011
  7. Sacramento Bee, "Ron Calderon drops bid for congress, endorses Linda Sanchez," accessed March 1, 2012
  8. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Calderon, Ron," accessed September 17, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  12. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  14. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  15. "CBS Local Los Angeles," "In Wake Of Sting, Sen. Ron Calderon Removed From State Film Panel," accessed Nov. 1, 2013"
  16. "Capitol Alert," "California Sen. Ron Calderon removed from Film Commission," accessed Nov. 1, 2013
  17. Los Angeles Times, "Calderon indictment could affect other races, supermajority," February 21, 2014
  18., "Ron Calderon takes leave of absence from California Senate," March 3, 2014
  19. McClatchy News, "California Sen. Ron Calderon at Center of FBI Investigation," June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013
  20. Los Angeles Times, "Calderon ties to water district may be part of FBI investigation," June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013
  21. Associated Press, "Lawmaker says investigation has left him stressed," June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013
  22. Associated Press, "FBI Looking Into State Sen. Calderon, Brother Since 2005," June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013
  23. Associated Press, "California Senate suspends 3 Democratic lawmakers," May 28, 2014
  24. Sacramento Bee, "California lawmakers agree to pay fines over gift disclosure," February 2, 2010

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