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Mariko Yamada
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California State Assembly District 4
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Mariko Yamada is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 4 since 2008.

Yamada served as District 4 Director of Yolo County from 1999-2003, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer for the San Diego County Department of Social Services from 1989-1994, and in the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Commerce from 1982-1987.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging and Long-Term Care, Chair
Veterans Affairs
Water, Parks and Wildlife


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


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


Yamada's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 76 - Life and Annuity Consumer Protection Fund
  • AB 1124 - Special education: due process hearings
  • AB 1228 - Elections: all-mailed ballot elections

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

Political Courage test

Yamada provided 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. When asked her legislative priorities she responded:

"My top priorities are: healthcare reform--achievement of single-payer, universal coverage will actually save money over time; public safety with emphasis on community corrections and integrated social services and alcohol, drug, and mental health services; and public education, both vocational, technical and preparatory for college as the pathway to the middle class. I support continued funding for Proposition 98; additional revenues can be raised by closing tax loopholes benefitting the wealthiest Californians; streamlining and reducing the number of categorial programs in education and public health in favor of block grants to school districts and local governments for greater efficiencies."[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, Yamada ranked as a 97.[5]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Yamada won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 4. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She and John Munn (R) won the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. She subsequently won the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMariko Yamada Incumbent 62.5% 108,081
     Republican John Munn 37.5% 64,946
Total Votes 173,027


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Yamada won re-election to the 8th District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She defeated Republican Michelle P. Connor in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mariko Yamada (D) 79,787
Michelle P. Connor (R) 49,714


In 2008 Yamada was elected to the California State Assembly District 8. Yamada (D) finished with 112,524 votes while her opponent Manuel Cosme (R) finished with 57,883 votes.[9] Yamada raised $464,704 for her campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mariko Yamada (D) 112,524
Manuel Cosme (R) 57,883

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Yamada raised $225,181 in contributions. [11]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California School Employees Association $10,800
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
United Domestic Workers Of America $7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800


2008 website banner

Below are Yamada's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
CA School Employees Assoc $10,471
CA Assoc of Psychiatric Technicians $9,500
California Nurses Association $8,200

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Political offices
Preceded by
Beth Gaines (R)
California State Assembly District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 8
Succeeded by
Ken Cooley (D)