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Fabian Nunez

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Fabian Nunez
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California State Assembly
Former officeholder
Fabian Núñez (b. 1966) is a Democratic politician and former Speaker of the California State Assembly. Núñez represented California's 46th Assembly District, a position to which he was first elected in 2002. In 2004, Núñez was selected as the 66th Speaker of the California assembly.

He is credited with the authorship of California's AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006".



See also: California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Nunez filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for California State Treasurer in the 2014 elections. [1]

Impact of term limits on Nunez

With the term limits established by 1990's Proposition 140 in place, Nunez was term-limited out of office and out of his leadership position in 2008.

Along with California State Senate President Don Perata, Núñez was one of the major backers of Proposition 93.[2]

California newspapers reported that when Nunez and Perata began their promotion of Proposition 93, they promised to simultaneously pass a measure that would change the way that legislative districts are re-drawn after the 2010 decennial census. However, once Proposition 93 was on the ballot, they dropped their advocacy of redistricting reform.[3]


Nunez comes under scrutiny

As the early 2008 battle over term limits heated up, Nunez came under scrutiny, with the Los Angeles Times reporting in October 2007 that Núñez had spent tens of thousands of dollars of campaign money personal expenses, such as $1800 for a meal at a Parisian restaurant and $5000 for wine from Bordeaux.[4]

Esteban Núñez

Esteban Núñez is a son of Fabian. Estaban received a 16-year voluntary manslaughter sentence after killing Luis Santos, a 22-year-old student at San Diego Mesa College.[5]

In one of his last acts in office, then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Esteban's 16-year sentence to seven years. However, Schwarzegger did not notify the victim's family of this commutation. Under Marsy's Law, Schwarzenegger was required to provide that notice. Since he did not, the victim's family sued the State of California to overturn the commutation.[5]

Nunez said, "When you're dealing with a district attorney, like we did in San Diego, who clearly has aspirations and has always had aspirations for higher office, the approach that they took to my son's case and particularly to him - irrespective of the facts of the actual case - they picked on my son from day one."[5]

Fred Santos, father of the victim, said, ""His son pled guilty in court for killing my son. This politician got together with another politician and overruled and reduced the sentence."[5]


In 2007, Governing magazine named Núñez as one of nine "Public Officials of the Year" for his success "as the bridge between a Republican governor and a strongly liberal majority Democratic caucus."[6] Other honorees included Houston Mayor Bill White and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[7]

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