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|Status = Incumbent
 
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|Tenure =  January 10, 2013 - Present
 
|Tenure =  January 10, 2013 - Present
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|December 5, 2016]]
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|Political party = Republican
 
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  |Per diem = $141.86/day
 
  |Per diem = $141.86/day
 
|Pension =
 
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|Last election = [[California State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Appointed =  
 
|Appointed =  
 
|Appointed by =
 
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|First elected =[[State legislative special elections, 2013|January 8, 2013]]
 
|First elected =[[State legislative special elections, 2013|January 8, 2013]]
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|3 terms (6 years)]]
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|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|3 terms (12 years)]]
|Next election =  
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|Next election = November 6, 2018
 
|Prior office =California State Assembly District 2  
 
|Prior office =California State Assembly District 2  
 
|Prior office years = 2008-2012
 
|Prior office years = 2008-2012
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|Profession = Legislator
 
|Profession = Legislator
 
|Religion =
 
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|Office website =  
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|Office website = http://district4.cssrc.us/
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|Campaign website = https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://nielsenforsenate.com/
 
|Personal website =
 
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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 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>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jim Nielsen''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[California State Senate]], representing [[California State Senate District 4|District 4]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 1978 and served until 1990, before being re-elected 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] ''([[dead link]])''</ref>
 
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Nielsen previously served in the [[California State Senate|Senate]] from 1978-1990.
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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.
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Nielsen's professional experience includes working as business owner and ranch foreman.   
 
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'', "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>  
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2015 legislative session===
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At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nielsen served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Appropriations
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|Committee2 = Budget and Fiscal Review
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|Chair2 = Vice-chair
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|Committee3 = Health
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|Committee4 = Veterans Affairs
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|Chair4 = Chair
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|Committee5 =
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===2013-2014===
 
===2013-2014===
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nielsen served on the following committees:
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nielsen served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
===Sponsored legislation===
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====2009-2010====
 
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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===Legislative scorecard===
 
===Legislative scorecard===
[[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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[[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>[https://web.archive.org/web/20130430183057/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>
  
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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On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nielsen ranked as a '''17'''.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20120330133815/http://capitolweekly.net/fs/global:file/article/jq2q6aq0qasen6_files/file/id/yhpv1hrwt99tc2?_c=yhq30izrcjpifl ''Capitol Weekly'', "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Awards===
 
===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.<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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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] ''([[dead link]])''</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Nielsen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://nielsenforsenate.com/issues/ ''nielsenforsenate.com'', "Issues," accessed September 19, 2014]</ref>
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'''Creating Jobs for California'''
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*Excerpt: "I believe that the only way to restore our economy and create jobs in the North State is to get Sacramento out of the way, so that small businesses, investors and entrepreneurs can pursue their dreams and, in the process, provide opportunities for others."
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'''Taxes and Spending'''
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*Excerpt: "I will continue my fight to stop this runaway spending and taxing. I’m proud to support Prop 13, which has controlled property taxes for more than 30 years.  Protecting the 2/3rds vote requirement for taxes is essential."
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'''Keeping our Communities Safe'''
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*Excerpt: "I absolutely oppose any early release programs that dump un-rehabilitated, unsupervised criminals in our rural communities."
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'''Stopping the Regulatory Nightmare'''
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*Excerpt: "I’ve authored a law to stop this wide-spread problem that is so damaging to our economy and will continue to battle these agencies at every turn."
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'''Protecting our Water, Private Property'''
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*Excerpt: "I’ll continue the fight to protect our water."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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{{CA SD4 2014}}
 
===2013===
 
===2013===
 
:: ''See also: [[State legislative special 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.<ref>[http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/runoff-121254-election-state.html ''Appeal Democrat,'' "Senate runoff looming," November 23, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/reed-119414-district-4th.html ''Appeal Democrat,'' "New candidate enters race for 4th Senate District," September 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.redding.com/news/2012/sep/05/logue-nielsen-vie-to-replace-lamalfa-in-state/ ''Redding Record Searchlight,'' "Logue, Nielsen vie to replace LaMalfa in state Senate," September 5, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/state-senate/district/4/county/all/ ''California Secretary of State,'' "State Senate District four results," accessed November 15, 2012]</ref><ref> [http://www.news10.net/news/article/224441/2/Republican-wins-in-special-Senate-election ''News 10,'' "Republican wins in special Senate election," January 9, 2013] </ref>
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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.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/runoff-121254-election-state.html ''Appeal Democrat,'' "Senate runoff looming," November 23, 2012]</ref><ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/reed-119414-district-4th.html ''Appeal Democrat,'' "New candidate enters race for 4th Senate District," September 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.redding.com/news/2012/sep/05/logue-nielsen-vie-to-replace-lamalfa-in-state/ ''Redding Record Searchlight,'' "Logue, Nielsen vie to replace LaMalfa in state Senate," September 5, 2012]</ref><ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/state-senate/district/4/county/all/ ''California Secretary of State,'' "State Senate District four results," accessed November 15, 2012]</ref><ref> [http://www.news10.net/news/article/224441/2/Republican-wins-in-special-Senate-election ''News 10,'' "Republican wins in special Senate election," January 9, 2013] </ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2013
 
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:: ''See also: [[California State Assembly elections, 2012]]'' and ''[[Redistricting in California]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[California State Assembly elections, 2012]]'' and ''[[Redistricting in California]]''
  
Nielsen initially announced in August 2011 that he would seek re-election in [[California State Assembly elections, 2012|2012]].<ref>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/aug/17/lawmakers-say-redistricting-wont-hurt-current/ ''Redding Spotlight'' "Lawmakers say redistricting won't hurt current constituents; LaMalfa, Nielsen may see lines move," August 17, 2011]</ref>  However, he did not end up running for re-election.
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Nielsen initially announced in August 2011 that he would seek re-election in [[California State Assembly elections, 2012|2012]].<ref>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/aug/17/lawmakers-say-redistricting-wont-hurt-current/ ''Redding Spotlight'', "Lawmakers say redistricting won't hurt current constituents; LaMalfa, Nielsen may see lines move," August 17, 2011]</ref>  However, he did not end up running for re-election.
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[California State Assembly elections, 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.<ref>[http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/stasm/ California House primary results]</ref><ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/01/3150569/california-assembly-results.html Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results]</ref>
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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.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2010-primary/ ''California Secretary of State'', "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref><ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2010-general/ ''California Secretary of State'', "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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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>
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:: ''See also: [[California State Assembly elections, 2008]]''
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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.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2008-general/index.htm ''California Secretary of State'', "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref> Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 ''Follow the Money'', "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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===2012===
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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===
 
===2010===
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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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 ''Follow the Money'', "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>
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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," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Endorsements==
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===2014===
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In 2014, Nielsen's endorsements included the following:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://nielsenforsenate.com/we-support-jim-nielsen/ ''nielsenforsenate.com'', "Endorsements," accessed September 19, 2014]</ref>
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*California Republican Party
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*Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
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*California Farm Bureau
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*California State Sheriffs Association
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*Gun Owners of California
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*Crime Victims United of California
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*California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights
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*Conservative Republicans of California
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*Shasta County Farm Bureau
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*Glenn County Farm Bureau
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*Colusa County Republican Party
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*Del Norte County Republican Party
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*Nevada County Republican Party
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*Shasta County Republican Party
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*Siskiyou County Republican Party
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*Tehama County Republican Party
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*Yuba County Republican Party
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*Conservative Republicans of California – Butte County
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*Conservative Republicans of California – Tehama County
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*Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce
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==Scorecards==
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{{California legislature scorecards|Begin=2013|End=2020}}
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Jim + Nielsen + California + Legislature'''
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Jim + Nielsen + California + Legislature'''
 
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==See also==
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*[[California State Legislature]]
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*[[California State Senate]]
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*[[California State Senate#Committees|California Senate Committees]]
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*[[California State Senate District 4]]
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://district4.cssrc.us/ Profile from the California State Senate]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://nielsenforsenate.com/ Official campaign website]
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* [http://openstates.org/ca/legislators/CAL000417/jim-nielsen/ Profile from Open States]
 
* [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]
 
* Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=122370 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97994 2008]
* 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] ''([[dead link]])''
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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Jim Nielsen
Nielsen.jpg
California State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJanuary 8, 2013
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 2
2008-2012
California State Senate
1978-1990
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Nielsen is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 1978 and served until 1990, before being re-elected 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

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nielsen served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations
Budget and Fiscal Review, Vice-chair
Health
Veterans Affairs, Chair

2013-2014

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

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

2009-2010

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]

Campaign themes

2014

Nielsen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

Creating Jobs for California

  • Excerpt: "I believe that the only way to restore our economy and create jobs in the North State is to get Sacramento out of the way, so that small businesses, investors and entrepreneurs can pursue their dreams and, in the process, provide opportunities for others."

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt: "I will continue my fight to stop this runaway spending and taxing. I’m proud to support Prop 13, which has controlled property taxes for more than 30 years. Protecting the 2/3rds vote requirement for taxes is essential."

Keeping our Communities Safe

  • Excerpt: "I absolutely oppose any early release programs that dump un-rehabilitated, unsupervised criminals in our rural communities."

Stopping the Regulatory Nightmare

  • Excerpt: "I’ve authored a law to stop this wide-spread problem that is so damaging to our economy and will continue to battle these agencies at every turn."

Protecting our Water, Private Property

  • Excerpt: "I’ll continue the fight to protect our water."

Elections

2014

See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Jim Nielsen (R) and CJ Jawahar (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Nielsen defeated Jawahar in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Nielsen Incumbent 63.7% 139,199
     Democratic CJ Jawahar 36.3% 79,457
Total Votes 218,656

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.[12][13][14][15][16]

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.[17] 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.[18][19]

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

See also: California State Assembly elections, 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.[20] Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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:[24]

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

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Nielsen's endorsements included the following:[25]

  • California Republican Party
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • California Farm Bureau
  • California State Sheriffs Association
  • Gun Owners of California
  • Crime Victims United of California
  • California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights
  • Conservative Republicans of California
  • Shasta County Farm Bureau
  • Glenn County Farm Bureau
  • Colusa County Republican Party
  • Del Norte County Republican Party
  • Nevada County Republican Party
  • Shasta County Republican Party
  • Siskiyou County Republican Party
  • Tehama County Republican Party
  • Yuba County Republican Party
  • Conservative Republicans of California – Butte County
  • Conservative Republicans of California – Tehama County
  • Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[26]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[27]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

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References

  1. Mercury News, "Special election winner sworn in to Senate seat," January 10, 2013 (dead link)
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  3. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  4. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  5. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
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  7. [2] (dead link)
  8. nielsenforsenate.com, "Issues," accessed September 19, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  12. Appeal Democrat, "Senate runoff looming," November 23, 2012
  13. Appeal Democrat, "New candidate enters race for 4th Senate District," September 13, 2012
  14. Redding Record Searchlight, "Logue, Nielsen vie to replace LaMalfa in state Senate," September 5, 2012
  15. California Secretary of State, "State Senate District four results," accessed November 15, 2012
  16. News 10, "Republican wins in special Senate election," January 9, 2013
  17. Redding Spotlight, "Lawmakers say redistricting won't hurt current constituents; LaMalfa, Nielsen may see lines move," August 17, 2011
  18. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  20. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
  22. Follow the Money, "Nielsen, Jim," accessed September 14, 2013
  23. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  24. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  25. nielsenforsenate.com, "Endorsements," accessed September 19, 2014
  26. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  27. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
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Doug LaMalfa (R)
California State Senate District 4
2013-Present
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California State Assembly District 2
2008–2012
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