Mark DeSaulnier

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Mark DeSaulnier
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California State Senate District 7
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross, 1952
Place of birthLowell, MA
Mark DeSaulnier is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

DeSaulnier previously represented the 11th assembly district of the California State Assembly from 2006-2008.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance
Transportation and Housing, Chair
Legislative Audit


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


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


Campaign themes

State constitution

California constitutional convention

DeSaulnier supports a California constitutional convention. He is a critic of the current California Constitution, saying, "We keep adding rooms, but the hallways don’t connect together. There’s not a lot of thought given to the overall architecture.”[1]

Initiative rights

DeSaulnier is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 24, which would make it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[2],[3]

Legislative scorecards

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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, DeSaulnier ranked as a 91.[6]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

DeSaulnier won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 7. He and Mark P. Meuser (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. DeSaulnier was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

California State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark DeSaulnier Incumbent 61.5% 229,105
     Republican Mark P. Meuser 38.5% 143,707
Total Votes 372,812


In 2008 DeSaulnier was elected to the California State Senate, District 7. He finished with 256,311 votes while his opponent Christian Amsberry finished with 128,878 votes.[9]

California State Senate, District 7
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark DeSaulnier (D) 256,311
Christian Amsberry (R) 128,878

Campaign donors


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2010 (Off-cycle)


In 2008 DeSaulnier raised $799,074 in campaign donations. Listed below are three of his top donors.[10]

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 302 $14,400
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO $14,400
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $14,400

7th district profile

DeSaulnier speaks on water legislation

The 7th district includes a primarily suburban part of San Francisco's East Bay arear. It is located entirely in and covers most of Contra Costa County. This includes all of the central and eastern portions of the county (everything east of Alameda County), and the western portion of the county on San Pablo Bay.

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Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District 7
Succeeded by