|California State Senate District 36|
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Hollingsworth became the Senate Minority leader on February 18, 2009, when David Cogdill was voted out of the leadership position by Senate Republicans who were unhappy over Cogdill's position on the 2009 California state budget compromise, which led to a set of six budget ballot propositions going on the May 19 special election ballot in California.,
Prior to joining the state senate, Hollingsworth was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2002.
Hollingsworth has chaired the California State Public Sector committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council. He is the former chair of the California chapter of Quail Unlimited, and was the president of the Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund.
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
Hollingsworth was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of California's term limits.
In 2006 Hollingsworth was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 36. Hollingsworth finished with 164,025 votes and he was followed by Mark Hanson with 85,706 votes and Joe Shea with 9,001 votes. Hollingsworth raised $387,846 for his campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 36|
|Dennis Hollingsworth (R)||164,025|
|Mark Hanson (D)||85,706|
|Joe Shea (L)||9,001|
In 2006 Hollingsworth raised $387,846 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.
|California Association of Realtors||$6,700|
|California Association of Health Plans||$5,384|
According to Hollingsworth's website, "His conservative voting record consistently earns him “A” ratings from taxpayer protection and business groups such as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Chamber of Commerce.
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Hollingsworth ranked as a 6. 
Senator Hollingsworth on budget, 2007
Hollingsworth served on these standing committees:
- Natural Resources and Water
- Food and Agriculture
- Budget and Fiscal Review
- Human Services
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California Senate District 36 includes areas of Riverside County and San Diego County. The Riverside contingent of municipalities includes all of Murrieta, Murrieta Hot Springs, Sedco Hills, Temecula and Wildomar and almost all of Lakeland Village.
Hollingsworth attended California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and Cornell University.
He is married to Natalie Hollingsworth and together they have three children.
- Dennis Hollingsworth's personal website
- Official website of State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
- Legislative profile of Dennis Hollingsworth on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Dennis Hollingsworth on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- Dennis Hollingsworth on Facebook
- PolitickerCA, "Senator Dave Cogdill Replaced as California GOP State Senate Leader Over Unhappiness With California State Budget Stalemate", February 18, 2009
- Lodi News Sentinel, "Dave Cogdill gets boot", February 19, 2009
- California State Senate official election results
- Campaign donations
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- Senate Natural Resources and Water committee membership
- Senate Standing Committee on Food and Agriculture
- California Budget and Fiscal Review committee membership
- Senate Standing Committee on Human Services membership list
- Overview of Senate District 36
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