John Perez

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John Perez
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California State Assembly District 53
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
Speaker of the House
Base salary$95,290.56 per year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Office website
Campaign website
John Perez is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. On December 10, 2009, he was chosen as the Speaker of the House by his Democratic Party colleagues in the state assembly. He was formally elected to the post in a floor vote on January 7, 2010,[1] and sworn in on March 1.[2] Perez is the first openly gay man to hold the position of Speaker of the Assembly in the California State Assembly.[3] He replaced Karen Bass.

Perez is also the chairman of the California Assembly Democratic Caucus.


Perez's professional experience includes working as the Political Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers[4] He has served on the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, the Democratic National Committee, and on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters and Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.[5]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[6]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Rules


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


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


Perez's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 780 - Elections: failsafe ballots
  • AB 1045 - HIV and AIDS reporting
  • AB 1139 - Income taxes: credits: enterprise zones

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

Disincorporation of Vernon

In 2011, Pérez submitted a bill (AB46) to the California State Legislature to disincorporate Vernon as a city.[7] This was partly done in response to reports of rampant corruption. The Perez plan would have been the first forced disincorporation of a city since Hornitos (in Maricopa County) was disincorporated in 1973. Assemblyman Pérez argued that Vernon lacks a legitimate electorate and postulated that dissolving the city would be the only way to permanently root out corruption. The proposed legislation failed on a 13-17 vote in the California State Senate. Perez heatedly lambasted fellow Democratic legislators Charles Calderon and Kevin de León, saying that they are responsible for any future misdeeds in the city.[8]

Campaign themes


Perez's campaign website lists the following issues:[9]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "John believes getting Californians back to work should be our number one priority. In one of his first acts as Speaker, John pushed legislation to create thousands of jobs by expanding green businesses in California."
  • Education
Excerpt: "John understands the importance of quality education to our children’s future. A world-class education is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Today our children are competing with kids from India and China – and all over the world."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "One in four Californians lack health insurance. Millions more struggle with rising health care costs. John believes that affordable health care is critical to creating jobs and getting our economy back on track."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "John knows that clean air and clean water are vital to the quality of life of every Californian. As a former board member of the California League of Conservation Voters, John understands California’s environmental challenges."
  • Budget
Excerpt: "John understands that a key to fixing our state budget is to ensure public input and independent review. He pledged that the budget will not be written behind closed doors."

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. [10],[11]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Perez ranked as a 94.[12]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Perez won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 53. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 46. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Michael Aldapa (D) and Roger Young (D). Perez defeated Jose Trinidad Aguilar (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13][14]

California State Assembly, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn A. Perez Incumbent 82.8% 61,651
     Republican Jose Trinidad Aguilar 17.2% 12,803
Total Votes 74,454

California State Assembly, District 53 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Michael Aldapa 14.5% 2,494
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Perez Incumbent 58.5% 10,051
     Democratic Roger Young 10.1% 1,738
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJose Trinidad Aguilar 16.8% 2,889
Total Votes 17,172


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Perez won re-election to the 46th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition.[15]


In 2008 Perez was elected to the California State Assembly District 46. Perez (D) finished with 51,556 votes while his opponent Manuel Aldana (R) finished with 9,180 votes.[16]

California State Assembly District 46
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Perez (D) 51,556
Manuel Aldana (R) 9,180

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Perez raised $2,058,587 in contributions. [17]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $23,400
California State Pipe Trades Council $15,600
Longshore & Warehouse Local 13 $15,600
California Dental Association $15,600


Below are Perez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[18]

Contributor 2008 total
Food & Commercial Workers Region 8 States Council $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Building & Construction Trades Council of CA $14,400
Food & Commercial Workers Local 8 $14,400

Other top donors included the California Teachers Association, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, and more than a dozen labor unions. Altogether, Perez raised nearly $1 million for his 2008 campaign, earning him a reputation as a "prodigious fundraiser."[5]

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Preceded by
Betsy Butler (D)
California Assembly District 53
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 46
Succeeded by
Adrin Nazarian (D)