Warren Furutani

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Warren Furutani
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California State Assembly District 55
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGardena High School (1965)
Bachelor'sAntioch University
Campaign website
Warren Furutani is a former Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 55 from 2008 to 2012.

Furutani has served on the Los Angeles Community College District Board and as President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board.


Furutani is Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, President/Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and President/Vice President/Member of the Board of Trustees of Los Angeles Community College.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Political Courage test

Furutani 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]

Elections proposition

Furutani supported California Proposition 15. He argued that if enacted it would help minority candidates.[3]

Furutani's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 35 - Education: workforce preparation
  • AB 503 - Battered women's shelters: grant program
  • AB 505 - Sex offenders: monitoring and housing

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



Furutani did not run for re-election in 2012.


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Furutani won re-election to the 55th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Christopher Salabaj in the November 2 general election.[4]

California State Assembly, District 55 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Warren Furutani (D) 61,088
Christopher Salabaj (R) 25,328


In 2008, Furutani was elected to the California State Assembly District 55. Furutani (D) finished with 84,597 votes while his opponent Edwin Williams (R) finished with 33,420 votes.[5]

California State Assembly District 55
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Warren Furutani (D) 84,597
Edwin Williams (R) 33,420

Campaign donors


In 2010, Furutani raised $626,975 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Service Employees Local 721 $19,750
California State Pipe Trades Council $15,600
California Teachers Association $15,600
California State Council Of Service Employees $15,600


Below are Furutani's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $10,800
Cordoba Corp $7,200
CA Assoc of Realtors $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.[8][9]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Furutani ranked as a 94.[10]


Furutani and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 55
Succeeded by
Curt Hagman (R)