Mike Gatto

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Mike Gatto
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California State Assembly District 43
In office
June 8, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012]
First electedJune 8, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Los Angeles (1996)
J.D.Loyala Law School (2004)
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Gatto is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in June 8, 2010.[1] He has served as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore from 2011 to 2012. He has also served as sergeant at arms for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee.


Gatto earned his B.A. in History from the University of California Los Angeles in 1996 and his JD from Loyola Law School in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a teacher and as an attorney for O'Melveny & Myers and for Mayer Brown LLP.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Banking and Finance
Water, Parks and Wildlife
Legislative Budget


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


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


Policy positions

Government Reform

Gatto is the author of ACA 6, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require that if a statewide ballot initiative would require the state government to spend money, the initiative would have to identify the source of that money.[2]

Gatto also authored ACA 4, the enhanced Rainy Day Fund for California, a measure that would require the Legislature to put aside some funds when faced with budget surpluses like in the 1990s and early 2000s.[2]



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Gatto won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 43. He and Greg Krikorian (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Gatto Incumbent 60.2% 95,673
     Republican Greg Krikorian 39.8% 63,251
Total Votes 158,924


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Gatto won a special election on June 8, 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Paul Krekorian, defeating Sunder Ramani (R). Gatto and Ramani appeared on the ballot twice, seeking their party primaries. Both candidates won their primaries, setting up a rematch in the general election on November 2.[5]

Incumbent Gatto defeated Republican Sunder Ramani in the November 2 general election.[6]

California State Assembly, District 43 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gatto (D) 65,350
Sunder Ramani (R) 33,767
California House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gatto (D) 17,567
Nayiri Nahabedian (D) 3,109
Chahe Keuroghelian (D) 1,107

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Gatto raised $705,665 in contributions. [7]


Gatto and his wife Danielle have two daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Krekorian
California State Assembly District 43
June 2010-present
Succeeded by