Manuel Perez

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Manuel Perez
Manuel Perez.jpg
California State Assembly District 56
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/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)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Riverside
Master'sHarvard University
Place of birthIndio, California
Office website
V. Manuel Perez is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 55, He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Perez is the former Director of Community Health, and Trustee of the Coachella School Board. [1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Governmental Organization
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Revenue and Taxation
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 978 - Transactions and use taxes: cities: counties
  • AB 1139 - Income taxes: credits: enterprise zones
  • AB 1201 - Immunizations for children: reimbursement

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

Political Courage test

Perez did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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, Perez ranked as a 69.[5]

Top Two Primary

Regarding the Top Two Primary Proposition on the June 8, 2010 ballot, Perez said, "I am not convinced this proposal will support the type of reform so many of us desire....This might mean fewer choices for voters on the general election ballot."[6][7]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Perez won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 56. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 80. He and Corky Reynaga-Emett (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngV. Manuel Perez Incumbent 66.1% 66,353
     Republican Corky Reynaga-Emett 33.9% 34,038
Total Votes 100,391


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Perez won re-election to the 80th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Steve Sanchez in the November 2 general election.[10]

California State Assembly, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Manuel Perez (D) 58,315
Steve Sanchez (R) 41,728


In 2008 Perez was elected to the California State Assembly District 80. Perez (D) finished with 70,140 votes while his opponent Gary Jeandron (R) finished with 63,085 votes.[11]

California State Assembly District 80
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Manuel Perez (D) 70,140
Gary Jeandron (R) 63,085

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Perez raised $1,841,018 in contributions. [12]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Democratic Party $913,470
San Diego County Democratic Party $38,000
California Teachers Association $15,600
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $15,600
State Building & Construction Trades Council $15,600


Below are Perez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[13]

Contributor 2008 total
California Democratic Party $1,854,655
Imperial County Democratic Central Cmte $80,357
Manuel Perez $21,138
Service Employees Local 721 $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Mendoza (D)
California State Assembly District 56
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 80
Succeeded by
Ben Hueso (D)