Anthony Adams

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Anthony Adams
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 8
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Campaign website
Anthony Adams was a 2012 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 8th congressional District of California. He was a member of the California State Assembly, representing California's 59th Assembly District as a Republican. He was first elected to the state assembly in 2006. In his 2008 re-election to the state assembly, he won his race with 51% of the vote. Adams was one of two Chief Minority Whips in the California State Assembly.[1]

In January 2010, Adams announced that he will not seek re-election in November 2010.[2]

Adams earned a bachelor's degree from California State University-San Bernardino in political science, and a law degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton.[3]

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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Adams ranked as a 14.[6]

2009 recall effort

See also: Anthony Adams recall, California, 2009

Assemblyman Adams, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans became known as the Sacramento Six.

A group called "Atlas PAC" then launched a recall campaign against Adams because of his vote on the budget. However, it was announced on November 20, 2009 that the group had fallen short of its goal of collecting sufficient signatures to force a recall election. Election officials announced that about 46% of the signatures they reviewed were invalid.[7] The group has to collect about 32,000 valid voter signatures by October 13, 2009--within 160 days of the California Secretary of State's office approving a recall petition.

Committee assignments

Adams served on the following committees:

Map of Assembly District 59

The assembly committees that Adams sits on are:[8]

Adams's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 90 - Torts: personal liability immunity
  • AB 238 - Renewable energy resources
  • AB 1415 - Elections: voting procedures

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



See also: California's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Adams ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 1st District. He was defeated in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[9][10]


Adams was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010.


In 2008 Adams was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 59. Adams (R) finished with 91,366 votes and was followed by Donald Williamson (D) with 73,011 votes and Maureen Keedy (L) with 14,744 votes.[11]

California State Assembly District 59
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony Adams (R) 91,366
Donald Williamson (D) 73,011
Maureen Keedy(L) 14,744

Campaign donors


Below are Adams's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $10,200
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $7,200
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $7,200
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
Altria $7,200

Professional career

Adams worked as a radio host on AM Talk 960. He was also the director of legislative affairs for San Bernardino County and an executive analyst for Bill Postmus.


Adams and his wife, Deanna, have been married for twenty years and have resided in the city of Hesperia since 1996.[13]

See also

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 59
Succeeded by
Tim Donnelly