Tim Donnelly

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Tim Donnelly
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California State Assembly District 33
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 3, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Irvine
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
Tim Donnelly is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Donnelly was a Republican candidate for Governor of California in 2014.[1] He lost in the June 3 primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Donnelly earned his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections and Redistricting, Vice-chair
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Legislative Audit
Joint Rules


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



See also: California Gubernatorial election, 2014

Donnelly is running for Governor of California. Donnelly unsuccessfully sought one of two available spots on the general election ballot in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

Governor of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Akinyemi Agbede 0.9% 37,024
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Brown Incumbent 54.3% 2,354,769
     Republican Richard Aguirre 0.8% 35,125
     Republican Andrew Blount 2.1% 89,749
     Republican Glenn Champ 1.8% 76,066
     Republican Tim Donnelly 14.8% 643,236
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeel Kashkari 19.4% 839,767
     Republican Alma Marie Winston 1.1% 46,042
     Green Luis Rodriguez 1.5% 66,872
     Peace and Freedom Cindy L. Sheehan 1.2% 52,707
     Nonpartisan "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz 0.3% 14,929
     Nonpartisan Janel Hyeshia Buycks 0.3% 12,136
     Nonpartisan Rakesh Kumar Christian 0.3% 11,142
     Nonpartisan Joe Leicht 0.2% 9,307
     Nonpartisan Robert Newman 1% 44,120
Total Votes 4,332,991
Election Results California Secretary of State.

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking election to a fourth non-consecutive term in the office. Brown is the longest-serving governor in California history as of October 2013.[3]

Including Brown, fifteen candidates filed for the June 3 top-two California Gubernatorial primary election. Among the small fraction of these candidates whose qualifications indicated they could match wits with someone as experienced as Brown, one, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount (R), withdrew from the race one month before the primary, citing health issues. Bount's exit left a total of fourteen hopefuls, none with any actual hope of unseating Brown in the general election. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) and former Treasury official official Neel Kashkari (R) both proved to be formidable campaigners, however the odds of an upset by Kashkari, who scored the second nomination in the primary after Brown, are extremely unlikely.[4]

Throughout the primary campaign season, polls underscored projections of Brown's strong standing to win a record-breaking fourth term as California's chief executive in 2014. A Field Poll released in early April put Brown 40 percentage points ahead of what appeared to be his biggest competitor, Tim Donnelly. Brown drew 57% to Donnelly's 17%, with ex-candidate Blount at 3% and Kashkari at 2%. The final poll before the primary conducted for USC and the Los Angeles Times foreshadowed Donnelly's demise, pushing Kashkari into second place overall at 18%, with Donnelly at 13% and Brown holding tight at 50%.[5] Around this time, the Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings California and rated California as "Solid Democratic."[6]


Governor of California
Poll Jerry Brown* (D) Tim Donnelly (R)Neel Kashkari (R) (Not included in Poll 1 or 3)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Institute of California
November 12-19, 2013
The Field Poll
November 15-December 3, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
January 14-21, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
March 11-18, 2014
The Field Poll
March 18-April 5, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
April 8-15, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
May 8-16, 2014
May 16-19, 2014
USC/LA Times Poll
May 21-28, 2014
AVERAGES 50.67% 13.78% 5.33% 24.78% +/-4.23 937.22
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Donnelly won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 33. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 59. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating William Jahn (R). Donnelly defeated John Coffey (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

California State Assembly, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Donnelly Incumbent 59% 73,836
     Democratic John Coffey 41% 51,215
Total Votes 125,051
California State Assembly, District 33 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Coffey 28.7% 13,873
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Donnelly Incumbent 52.1% 25,200
     Republican William Jahn 19.3% 9,331
Total Votes 48,404


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Donnelly defeated Democrat Darcel Woods, American Independent Robert Gosney, and Libertarian Tony Tyler in the November 2 general election.[9]

California State Assembly District 59 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Donnelly Incumbent 57.3% 82,475
     Democratic Darcel Woods 36.8% 52,928
     Libertarian Tony Tyler 3% 4,335
     American Independent Robert Gosney 3% 4,269
Total Votes 144,007

He defeated Corey Calaycay, Iver Bye, Ken Hunter, Christopher W. Lancaster, and Anthony Riley in the June 8 primary.[10]

California State Assembly District 59 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Donnelly Incumbent 29.5% 11,638
Christopher W. Lancaster 28.5% 11,225
Corey Calaycay 22% 8,654
Anthony Riley 10% 3,921
Ken Hunter 7.4% 2,930
Iver Bye 2.6% 1,033
Total Votes 39,401

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Donnelly is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Donnelly raised a total of $424,135 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[11]

Tim Donnelly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 33 Won $298,726
2010 California State Assembly, District 59 Won $125,409
Grand Total Raised $424,135


Donnelly won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Donnelly raised a total of $298,726.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tim Donnelly's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$7,800
Linda Halderman for Assembly 2012$7,800
Connie Conway for Assembly 2012$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$6,400
Total Raised in 2012$298,726
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Donnelly raised $125,409 in contributions.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers $7,000
Citizens For Brulte - Boe 2014 $3,900
California Association Of Realtors $3,900
Garrick For Assembly 2010 $3,900


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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]


In April 2012, Donnelly pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges for attempting to take a loaded pistol onto a commercial flight.[15]


Donnelly and his wife, Rowena, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
K.H. Achadjian (R)
California State Assembly District 33
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Anthony Adams (I)
California Assembly District 59
Succeeded by
Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D)