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}}{{tnr}}'''Jim Nielsen''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[California State Senate]], representing District 4 since 2013.<ref> [http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22351069/special-election-winner-sworn-senate-seat ''Mercury News,'' "Special election winner sworn in to Senate seat," January 10, 2013] </ref> He previously served in the [[California State Senate|Senate]] from 1978-1990.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jim Nielsen''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[California State Senate]], representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 1978 serving until 1990, before being reelected in 2013.<ref> [http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22351069/special-election-winner-sworn-senate-seat ''Mercury News,'' "Special election winner sworn in to Senate seat," January 10, 2013] </ref>
  
 
Nielsen was a member of the [[California State Assembly]], representing the 2nd District from 2008 to 2012.
 
Nielsen was a member of the [[California State Assembly]], representing the 2nd District from 2008 to 2012.
  
Nielsen is a former business owner and ranch foreman.   
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==Biography==
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Nielsen's professional experience includes working as business owner and ranch foreman.   
  
Nielsen is the founder of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=104331 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nielsen]</ref>
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Nielsen is the founder of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=104331 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nielsen]</ref>
 
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In 2009, Nielsen received the Patti Mattingly Award from the Regional Council for Rural Counties for displaying proactive leadership on rural issues and knowledge of challenges confronting rural communities.<ref>[http://m.dailydemocrat.com/dailydemocrat/db_10637/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=961F53B35153B9F83B105FFC70D01194?contentguid=fnMxJHZt&detailindex=4&pn=0&ps=5]</ref> Presented annually, the award honored Nielsen's work supporting a water bond issue and protection of water rights.<ref>[http://www.willows-journal.com/articles/rural-4155-nielsen-award.html]</ref>
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==Legislative scorecard==
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[[Capitol Weekly]], California's major weekly periodical covering the [[California State Legislature|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 [[California Proposition 1A, Temporary Tax Increase (May 2009)|Proposition 1A (2009)]].  On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. <ref name=scorecard>[http://capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=yhq30izrcjpifl&xid=yhnf7ylhyptpvq&done=.yhq30izrck7ifl ''Capitol Weekly'', "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009]</ref>,<ref>[http://foxandhoundsdaily.com/blog/jon-fleischman/6105-random-thoughts-political-scene ''Fox and Hounds Daily'', "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009]</ref>
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On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nielsen ranked as a '''17'''.  <ref>[http://capitolweekly.net/fs/global:file/article/jq2q6aq0qasen6_files/file/id/yhpv1hrwt99tc2?_c=yhq30izrcjpifl ''Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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|year = 2013
 
|Chamber = State Senate
 
|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee2 = Governmental Organization
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|Committee4 = Insurance
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|Committee5 = Veterans Affairs
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|Committee6 = Fisheries and Aquaculture
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|Joint6 = Yes
 
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
 
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
 
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
*[[Appropriations Committee, California General Assembly]]
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*[[Budget Committee, California General Assembly]], Vice Chair
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*Master Plan for Higher Education
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*[[Rules Committee, California General Assembly]]
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*[[Veterans Affairs Committee, California General Assembly]]
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|Committee1 = Appropriations
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|Committee2 = Budget  
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|Chair2 = Vice-chair
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|Committee3 = Legislative Budget  
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|Joint3 = Yes
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|Committee4 = Rules  
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|Committee5 = Veterans Affairs  
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===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nielsen served on these committees:
* [[Appropriations Committee, California General Assembly]]
 
* [[Budget Committee, California General Assembly]] (Vice Chair)
 
* [[Judiciary Committee, California General Assembly]]
 
* [[Joint Legislative Budget Committee, California Legislature]] (Vice Chair)
 
* [[Revenue and Taxation Committee, California General Assembly]]
 
  
==Sponsored legislation==
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|Chamber = General Assembly
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|Committee1 = Appropriations
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|Committee2 = Budget
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|Chair2 = Vice-chair
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|Committee3 = Judiciary
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|Committee4 = Joint Legislative Budget
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|Chair4 = Vice-chair
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|Joint4 = Yes
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|Committee5 = Revenue and Taxation
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==Issues==
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===Sponsored legislation===
 
Nielsen's sponsored legislation includes:
 
Nielsen's sponsored legislation includes:
 
*AB 726 - Transportation capital improvement projects
 
*AB 726 - Transportation capital improvement projects
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*AB 1167 - Firearms: concealed firearm licenses
 
*AB 1167 - Firearms: concealed firearm licenses
 
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html House site].
 
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html House site].
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===Legislative scorecard===
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[[Capitol Weekly]], California's major weekly periodical covering the [[California State Legislature|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 [[California Proposition 1A, Temporary Tax Increase (May 2009)|Proposition 1A (2009)]].  On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. <ref name=scorecard>[http://capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=yhq30izrcjpifl&xid=yhnf7ylhyptpvq&done=.yhq30izrck7ifl ''Capitol Weekly'', "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009]</ref>,<ref>[http://foxandhoundsdaily.com/blog/jon-fleischman/6105-random-thoughts-political-scene ''Fox and Hounds Daily'', "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009]</ref>
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On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nielsen ranked as a '''17'''.  <ref>[http://capitolweekly.net/fs/global:file/article/jq2q6aq0qasen6_files/file/id/yhpv1hrwt99tc2?_c=yhq30izrcjpifl ''Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard]</ref>
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===Awards===
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In 2009, Nielsen received the Patti Mattingly Award from the Regional Council for Rural Counties for displaying proactive leadership on rural issues and knowledge of challenges confronting rural communities.<ref>[http://m.dailydemocrat.com/dailydemocrat/db_10637/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=961F53B35153B9F83B105FFC70D01194?contentguid=fnMxJHZt&detailindex=4&pn=0&ps=5]</ref> Presented annually, the award honored Nielsen's work supporting a water bond issue and protection of water rights.<ref>[http://www.willows-journal.com/articles/rural-4155-nielsen-award.html]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
 
 
In 2008 Nielsen was elected to the California State Assembly District 2. Nielsen (R) finished with 118,149 votes while his opponent Paul Singh (D) finished with 62,510 votes.<ref>.[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=CA&y=2008 California State Assembly election results]</ref> Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 Campaign funds]</ref>
 
In 2008 Nielsen was elected to the California State Assembly District 2. Nielsen (R) finished with 118,149 votes while his opponent Paul Singh (D) finished with 62,510 votes.<ref>.[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=CA&y=2008 California State Assembly election results]</ref> Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 Campaign funds]</ref>
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2010===
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In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CA&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable 2010 contributions]</ref>   
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|org1 = California Association of Realtors
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|org2 = California Department of Forestry Firefighters
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|org3 = AT&T
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|org4 = Taxpayers for Bob Huff for Senate 2012
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|org5 = Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
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===2010===
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In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CA&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable ''followthemoney.org'', "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013]</ref>   
  
 
His two largest contributors were:
 
His two largest contributors were:
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===2008===
 
===2008===
 
 
Below are Nielsen's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
Below are Nielsen's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Jim + Nielsen + California + Legislature'''
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
*[http://nielsenforassembly.com/ Jim Nielsen's campaign website]
 
* [http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/2/ Official website of Jim Nielsen]
 
 
* [http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=104331 Legislative profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=104331 Legislative profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=104331 Biographical profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=104331 Biographical profile of Jim Nielsen on Project Vote Smart]
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=122370 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 2008]
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*Patti Mattingly Award: [http://www.willows-journal.com/articles/rural-4155-nielsen-award.html Jim Nielsen named legislator of the year]
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* Patti Mattingly Award: [http://www.willows-journal.com/articles/rural-4155-nielsen-award.html Jim Nielsen named legislator of the year]
  
 
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Revision as of 14:18, 23 December 2013

Jim Nielsen
Nielsen.jpg
California State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 6, 2014
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedJanuary 8, 2013
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 2
2008-2012
California State Senate
1978-1990
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
CandidateVerification
Jim Nielsen is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 1978 serving until 1990, before being reelected in 2013.[1]

Nielsen was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 2nd District from 2008 to 2012.

Biography

Nielsen's professional experience includes working as business owner and ranch foreman.

Nielsen is the founder of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Governmental Organization, Vice-chair
Health
Insurance
Veterans Affairs
Fisheries and Aquaculture

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Nielsen's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 726 - Transportation capital improvement projects
  • AB 1033 - California Global Warming Solutions Act
  • AB 1167 - Firearms: concealed firearm licenses

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nielsen ranked as a 17. [5]

Awards

In 2009, Nielsen received the Patti Mattingly Award from the Regional Council for Rural Counties for displaying proactive leadership on rural issues and knowledge of challenges confronting rural communities.[6] Presented annually, the award honored Nielsen's work supporting a water bond issue and protection of water rights.[7]

Elections

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Nielsen won a special election for California State Senate District 4. He came in first against Mickey Harrington (D), Jann Reed (no party preference) and Dan Levine (no party preference) in the blanket primary on November 6, 2012. Nielsen initially looked to have won the blanket primary outright, but final returns showed him just short of the 50 percent plus one necessary to avoid a general election. Nielsen defeated Harrington in the special election on January 8, 2013.[8][9][10][11][12]

California State Senate, District 4, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mickey Harrington 33.4% 49,004
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Nielsen 66.6% 97,849
Total Votes 146,853

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012 and Redistricting in California

Nielsen initially announced in August 2011 that he would seek re-election in 2012.[13] However, he did not end up running for re-election.

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Nielsen won re-election to the 2nd District Seat in 2010. He defeated Charlie Schaupp in the June 8 primary, receiving 28,178 votes to Schaupp's 22,457. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[14][15]

California House of Representatives, District 2 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Nielsen (R) 28,178
Charlie Schaupp (R) 22,457

2008

In 2008 Nielsen was elected to the California State Assembly District 2. Nielsen (R) finished with 118,149 votes while his opponent Paul Singh (D) finished with 62,510 votes.[16] Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.[17]

California State Assembly District 2
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Nielsen (R) 118,149
Paul Singh (D) 62,510

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nielsen is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Nielsen raised a total of $1,752,843 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[18]

Jim Nielsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2013 California State Senate, District 4 Won $0
2012 California State Senate, District 4 Won $516,633
2010 California State Assembly, District 2 Won $648,829
2008 California State Assembly, District 2 Won $587,381
Grand Total Raised $1,752,843

2012

Nielsen won election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nielsen raised a total of $516,633.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Nielsen's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Department of Forestry Firefighters$10,600
AT&T$10,200
Taxpayers for Bob Huff for Senate 2012$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$516,633
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions. [19]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Department Of Forestry Fire Fighters $11,800
California Dental Association $9,800

2008

Below are Nielsen's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[20]

Contributor 2008 total
Philip Morris $7,200
Crime Victims United Prop 34 $7,200
California Dental Assoc $7,200
Sierra Pacific Industries $7,200
Golden State Water Co $7,200

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