Denise Moreno Ducheny

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Denise Moreno Ducheny
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 51
Prior offices
California State Senate
Date of birthMarch 21, 1952
Denise Moreno Ducheny (b. March 21, 1952) was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 51st Congressional District of California. She formerly was a Democratic member of the California State Senate. She represented California's 40th Senate District. Ducheny was first elected to the state senate in November 2002 and then re-elected in 2006. Her last four-year term ended in 2010 and she was not able to run again for the California Senate because of the state's term limits.

Ducheny's previous political experience includes serving three two-year terms on the California State Assembly from 1994-2000.

Ducheny has a B.A. in History from Pomona College and a Juris Doctor degree, earned in 1979, from the Southwestern University School of Law, 1979. She also attended the University of Lund in Sweden. She has worked as an attorney in private practice and as a university lecturer.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Ducheny now resides in Chula Vista with her husband, Al.



See also: California's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Ducheny ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 51st District. She was defeated in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[1][2]


See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

Ducheny was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of California's term limits.


In 2006 Ducheny was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 40. She finished with 84,787 votes and was followed by David Walden with 47,601 votes and Jesse Thomas with 3,982 votes.[3] Ducheny raised $652,761 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 40
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) 84,787
David Walden (R) 47,601
Jesse Thomas (L) 3,982

Campaign donors


In 2006 Ducheny raised $652,761 in campaign donations. Her top four donors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
California Association of Realtors $15,100
California State Council of Service Employees $13,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $12,500
California State Pipe Trades Council $12,000

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. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Ducheny ranked as an 89. [7]

Proposition 49

In 2009, Ducheny told a reporter for National Public Radio that she partly blames California Proposition 49 (2002) for what has been described as "California's ongoing budget nightmare." Ducheny told the reporter, "Last year, when we tried to suggest that ... it ought to be flexible in these very difficult years, the governor vetoed that legislation. So the irony is this year we are cutting schools, but his initiative for after-school programs is fully funded."[8]

Committee assignments

Senator Ducheny speaks on California budget

Senator Ducheny served on these standing committees:

40th district profile

California Senate District 40 includes parts of Riverside County and San Diego County and all of Imperial County.

In Riverside County, District 40 includes the communities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, East Blythe, Indio, Mecca, Thousand Palms.

In San Diego County, the district includes the communities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, 2% of Bonita and 19% of the City of San Diego.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Juan Vargas