Ben Hueso

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Ben Hueso
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California State Senate District 40
In office
March 21, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 6, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedMarch 12, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Ben Hueso is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 40. He elected to the chamber on March 12, 2013. He previously served as a member of the California State Assembly, representing District 80 from 2012 to 2013. He also represented District 79 from 2010 to 2012 and served as a council member for the City of San Diego from 2006 to 2010.


Hueso earned his BA from the University of California Los Angeles. He went on to complete postgraduate work in Community and Economic Development from San Diego State University. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner/operator.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013


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



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Hueso won a special election for California State Senate District 40. The seat was vacant following Juan Vargas's (D) election to the 51st Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. Hueso (D) defeated Anna Nevenic (D), Hector Gastelum (R), and Xanthi Gionis (R) in the special election on March 12, 2013.[1][2][3][4]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Hueso won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 80. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 79. He and Derrick Roach (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

California State Assembly, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 69.6% 76,225
     Republican Derrick W. Roach 30.4% 33,260
Total Votes 109,485


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Hueso defeated Jack Doyle and Pearl Quinones in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Derrick Roach in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

California State Assembly, District 79 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Hueso (D) 46,349
Derrick Roach (R) 27,545
California House of Representatives, District 79 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Hueso (D) 10,826
Pearl Quinones (D) 7,612
Jack Doyle (D) 4,201

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hueso raised $755,078 in contributions. [9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $11,700
Consumer Attorneys Of California $10,300
California Medical Association $9,800


Hueso and his wife, Laura, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Vargas (D)
California State Senate District 40
March 21, 2013–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Manuel Perez (D)
California State Assembly District 80
Succeeded by
Lorena Gonzalez (D)
Preceded by
Mary Salas (D)
California Assembly District 79
Succeeded by
Shirley Weber (D)