Jim Nielsen

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Jim Nielsen
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California State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedJanuary 8, 2013
Term limits3 terms (6 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, {{{year}}}
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

2010

In 2010, Nielsen raised $648,829 in contributions. [18]

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:[19]

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug LaMalfa (R)
California State Senate District 4
2013-Present
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 2
2008–2012
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