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|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|12 years]]
  |Next election = [[California State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
  |Next election = [[California State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
  |Prior office = California State Assembly
  |Prior office = California State Assembly

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Kevin de León
Kevin De Leon.jpg
California State Senate District 22
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 5
Senate Majority Caucus Leader
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sPitzer College
Place of birthLogan Heights, CA
ProfessionSenior Associate, National Education Association
Office website
Kevin de León is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He has served as Senate Majority Caucus Leader since 2012.


De León's professional experience includes working as a Senior Associate with the National Education Association, and working for the One Stop Immigration & Educational Center.

He is a member of the Alliance for a Better California, and the California Teachers Association. [1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governmental Organization
Public Safety
Emergency Management
Legislative Budget
Joint Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, De Leon serves on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, De Leon served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:


De Leon's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 2 - Individual health care coverage
  • AB 125 - Retirement: California Employee Savings Program
  • AB 1404 - California Global Warming Solutions Act

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see here.

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. [2],[3]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, De Leon ranked as a 94.[4]

Ballot measure committee

De León sponsors a campaign committee called "Believing in a Better California". In 2011-2012, the committee raised $188,150 and spent $168,385. Of the $168,385 that was spent, $35,400 (about 21%) went to help pass or defeat ballot measures.[5]

De León took four trips to Las Vegas with funds from "Believing in a Better California". According to an investigative report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, while in Las Vegas he attended "marquee prizefights and host glitzy fundraisers, in one case handing out boxing gloves with his autograph to Sacramento lobbyists in attendance."[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2010

De León was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead sought election to the district 22 seat of the California State Senate. De Leon defeated Alejandro Menchaca and Edward Paul Reyes in the June 8 primary. He then won unopposed in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 22 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin de León (D) 18,743
Edward Paul Reyes (D) 3,757
Alejandro Menchaca (D) 3,727
David Rosas (D) 5,775


In 2008 de Leon was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 45. De Leon (D) finished with 70,869 votes while his opponent Philip Alexander (R) finished with 15,506 votes.[8]

California State Assembly District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin de León (D) 70,869
Philip Alexander (R) 15,506

Campaign donors


In 2010, de Leon raised $847,222 in contributions. [9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $15,800
California State Pipe Trades Council $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
California Teachers Association $15,600


De Leon's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election were:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400
Electrical Workers Local 11 $12,200
Southern CA Pipe Trades District Council 16 $12,000

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Preceded by
Gilbert Cedillo
California State Senate District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 45
Succeeded by
Gilbert Cedillo