Tony Mendoza (California)

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Tony Mendoza
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California State Senate, District 32
Base salary$95,290.56 per year
Per diem$141.86 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 56
Artesia City Council
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Campaign website
Tony Mendoza is a Democratic member-elect of the California State Senate, representing District 32.

Mendoza previously served in the California State Assembly, representing District 56 from 2006 to 2012. He also served as a member of the Artesia City Council.


Mendoza's professional experience includes working as a Fourth-Grade Teacher at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Issue positions

Political Courage test

Mendoza did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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, Mendoza ranked as an 80.[5]

Mendoza's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 132 - School safety: immigration investigations
  • AB 155 - Local government: bankruptcy proceedings
  • AB 1134 - Elections: petitions

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



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Tony Mendoza (D) and Mario A. Guerra (R) defeated Carlos R. Arvizu (D), Sally Morales Havice (D) and Irella Perez (D) in the blanket primary. Mendoza defeated Guerra in the general election.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 32 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMario A. Guerra 44.5% 29,096
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTony Mendoza 31.8% 20,804
     Democratic Sally Morales Havice 11.2% 7,325
     Democratic Irella Perez 10.5% 6,873
     Democratic Carlos R. Arvizu 2% 1,280
Total Votes 65,378


Mendoza was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Mendoza won re-election to the 56th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Henry J. Bestwick in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 56 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tony Mendoza (D) 56,943
Henry J. Bestwick (R) 30,111


In 2008 Mendoza was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 56. Mendoza (D) finished with 78,652 votes while his opponent Roger Garrett (R) finished with 42,040 votes.[9]

California State Assembly District 56
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tony Mendoza (D) 78,652
Roger Garrett (R) 42,040

Campaign donors


In 2010, Mendoza raised $881,398 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Service Employees Local 721 $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $11,700
District Council Of Ironworkers $11,700


Below are Mendoza's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
CA State Council of Laborers $9,200
CA Assoc of Realtors $8,200
Southwestern Regional Council of Carpenters $7,200



In 2014, Mendoza's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  • Congresswoman, Janice Hahn
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
  • CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson
  • CA Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones
  • Board of Equalization Jerome Horton
  • LAUSD Board President, Dr. Richard Vladovic
  • Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • Senate President Pro Tem Designee Kevin de Leon
  • Senator Lou Correa
  • Senator Ed Hernandez
  • Senator Ted Lieu
  • Senator Fran Pavley
  • Senator Norma Torres
  • Artesia Mayor Tony Lima
  • Artesia City Mayor Pro Tem Miguel Canales
  • Artesia City Council Member Victor Manalo
  • Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj
  • Buena Park City Council Member Art Brown
  • Buena Park City Council Member Fred Smith


Mendoza and his wife, Leticia, have four children. He is a Board Member of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, representative of the California Teachers Association, representative of the National Education Association and member of the Board of Directors, United Teachers Los Angeles.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 56
Succeeded by
Manuel Perez (D)