Jim Nielsen

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Jim Nielsen
California State Assembly District 2
In office
Term ends
December 6, 2012
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,290.56 per year
Per diem$141.86 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
California State Senate
Office website
Jim Nielsen is a Republican member of the California State Assembly. He has represented the 2nd District since 2008.

Nielsen is a former business owner and ranch foreman. He served in the California State Senate from 1978-1990.

Nielsen is the founder of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.[1]

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.[2] Presented annually, the award honored Nielsen's work supporting a water bond issue and protection of water rights.[3]

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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nielsen ranked as a 17. [6]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nielsen has been appointed to these committees:


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

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.



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Nielsen is running in a special election for California State Senate District 4. He will face fellow Assemblyman Dan Logue in the Republican primary on November 6, 2012. The general election will take place on January 8, 2013. The seat was left vacant following Doug LaMalfa's resignation on August 31, 2012.[7]


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.[8] However, he did not end up running for re-election.


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.[9][10]

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


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.[11] Nielsen raised $587,381 for his campaign fund.[12]

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions. [13]

His two largest contributors were:

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


Below are Nielsen's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

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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