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Mark Leno
Mark Leno.jpg
California State Senate District 11
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'sAmerican College, Jerusalem, 1973
Date of birthSeptember 24, 1951
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Mark Leno is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

He previously served in the California State Assembly and as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 2008, Leno captured the Democratic Party nomination in California's 3rd District in a vigorous primary contest, upsetting incumbent senator Carole Migden. In the November general election, Leno won with 80% of the vote in the general election. Overall, Leno's 2008 campaigns spent about $1.78 million.[1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review, Chair
Environmental Quality
Labor and Industrial Relations
Legislative Budget, Chair
Joint Rules


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


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


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.[2][3]

On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Leno ranked as a 100. He was one of eight state senators the publication identified as voting in what they defined as a "liberal" way in every vote they ranked.[4]

Proposition 15

Leno supports California Proposition 15, Public Funding of Some Elections (June 2010), arguing that "We've got a scheme here really would take all that special interest power out of our election system."[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Leno won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 11. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 3. He and Harmeet Dhillon (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Leno was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Leno Incumbent 84.7% 303,241
     Republican Harmeet K. Dhillon 15.3% 54,887
Total Votes 358,128


In 2008 Leno was elected to the California State Senate, District 3. He finished with 326,755 votes while his opponent Sashi McEntee finished with 80,617 votes.[8] Leno raised $1,788,752

California State Senate, District 3
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Leno (D) 326,755
Sashi McEntee (R) 80,617

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leno is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Leno raised a total of $5,549,175 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[9]

Mark Leno's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 11 Won $666,035
2010 California State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $335,168
2008 California State Senate, District 3 Won $1,788,752
2006 California State Assembly, District 13 Won $855,019
2004 California State Assembly, District 13 Won $995,826
2002 California State Assembly, District 13 Won $908,375
Grand Total Raised $5,549,175


Leno won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Leno raised a total of $666,035.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Leno's campaign in 2012
California Teachers Association$15,600
California Association of Realtors$13,745
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$11,000
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$9,000
AFSCME California$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$666,035
Source: Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Leno's campaign in 2010
Leno, Mark$24,000
Operating Engineers Local 3$8,900
Consumer Attorneys Of California$7,800
Western States Council Of Sheet Metal Workers$7,800
California State Association Of Electrical Workers$7,800
Total Raised in 2010 $335,168


Senator Leno at Harvey Milk Memorial

In 2008 Leno raised $1,788,752 in campaign donations. He contributed $100,000 to his own campaign fund. Listed below are his top 7 campaign contributors.

Donor Amount
California Dental Association $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
AFSCME California $14,400
California School Employees Association $14,400
California Labor Federation AFL-CIO $14,400
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing CMTE $14,400

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Simitian (D)
California State Senate District 11
Succeeded by