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Fran Pavley

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Fran Pavley
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California State Senate District 27
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Mayor, City of Agoura Hills
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fresno, 1970
Master'sCalifornia State University, Northridge, 1985
Date of birthNovember 11, 1948
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Fran Pavley (b. 1948) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 27. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Pavley previously served in the California State Assembly from 2001-2006. She also served as a Coastal Commissioner for the State of California from 1995-2000, and as a city council member and mayor of Agoura Hills.


Pavley earned her B.A. from California State University-Fresno and her M.A. in Environmental Planning from California State University-Northridge, 1985. Her professional experience includes teaching at Moorpark Unified School District and at Esparto Unified School District.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environmental Quality
Natural Resources and Water, Chair
Transportation and Housing


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pavley serves on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pavley served on these committees:


Legislative scorecards

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. [1],[2]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Pavley ranked as a 100. She was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[3]

Campaign themes


The following excerpts come from Pavley's campaign website:[4]

Education: "...In an effort to help students and their families with out-of-pocket costs, Senator Pavley is working on important legislation aimed at reducing the cost of textbooks. She is also working hard to pass the Middle Class Scholarship Act to ensure that families can keep more of their hard earned cash and lower their debit [sic].

Public safety: "...The Senator carried the banner on many public safety reforms because she knows that communities flourish when people feel safe. Children are better educated, businesses thrive and overall quality of life improves when people are safe on their streets and in their homes and businesses. Fran has a long record of fighting for public safety reforms including cracking down on elder abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence...."

Jobs/economy: "...[Pavley's economic reforms] are a key component of California’s economic recovery."

Transportation: "As a member of the Assembly and Senate Transportation Committees for her entire time in the Legislature, Senator Pavley has been actively working to represent her constituents to secure funding, address safety concerns and provide leadership on the state’s transportation policy...."

Environment/energy: "...Now known as the 'Pavley Law,' Fran’s efforts pushed the President of the United States to adopt national standards that will save the average driver about $4,000 dollars over the life of the car, money that would otherwise go to big oil companies.... Fran’s Global Warming Solutions Act sent a strong signal to businesses around the world that California is the epicenter of the global clean energy economy. Since the passage of this bill, which requires the state’s largest polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s clean energy economy has grown, while many other sectors have faltered.... Senator Pavley is an acknowledged leader in establishing water conservation policies across California and in protecting public access to coastal resources and protecting other ocean resources.... Fran also led the way in California to protect children from dangerous toxins, including laws to ban BPA from baby bottles, lead in children’s jewelry, and mercury in vaccines."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Pavley won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 27. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and Todd Zink (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Pavley was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

California State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFran Pavley Incumbent 53.6% 197,757
     Republican Todd Zink 46.4% 171,438
Total Votes 369,195


In 2008 Pavley was elected to the California State Senate, District 22. She finished with 238,172 votes and was followed by Rick Montaine with 96,724 votes and Colin Goldman with 18,906 votes.[7] Pavley raised $1,055,172 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fran Pavley (D) 238,172
Rick Montaine (R) 96,274
Colin Goldman (L) 18,906

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fran Pavley's campaign in 2010
California State Council Of Laborers$7,800
California Academy Of Physician Assistants$7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians$5,900
California Professional Fire Fighters$4,234
Packard, Julie E$3,900
Total Raised in 2010 $337,217


Senator Pavley speaks on environmental measures

In 2008 Pavley raised $1,055,172 in campaign donations. Her top three donors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Dental Association $11,400
California Medical Association $8,800
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing CMTE $7,700


In 2003, Governing magazine named Pavley as one of eleven "Public Officials of the Year" for spearheading the successful campaign to limit automobile emissions of greenhouse gases.[9] Other honorees included Alabama Governor Bob Riley. 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."[10]


Pavley and her husband, Andy Pavley, have two children, Jennifer and David.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Lowenthal (D)
California State Senate District 27
Succeeded by