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Rich Gordon
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California State Assembly District 24
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina (1970)
Master'sNorthwestern University (1973)
Date of birthJuly 3, 1948
Campaign website
Rich Gordon (b. July 3, 1948) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He formerly served as a supervisor on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2010. Gordon is also the former chairman of the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce.


Gordon earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Southern California in 1970 and his Masters of Divinity from Northwestern University in 1973. His professional experience includes working as executive director of Youth and Family Assistance, as a member of the San Mateo County Board of education from 1992 to 1997 and from 1995 to 1997, as vice president of that board, and as president of the California State Association of Counties in 2008.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Chair
Local Government
Revenue and Taxation


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



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Gordon won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 24. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 21. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Geby Espinosa (D) and Joseph Antonelli Rosas (I). Gordon defeated Chengzhi Yang (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

California State Assembly, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard S. Gordon Incumbent 70.4% 118,120
     Republican Chengzhi "George" Yang 29.6% 49,700
Total Votes 167,820

California State Assembly, District 24 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Geby Espinosa 10.4% 7,654
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRich Gordon Incumbent 57% 42,018
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChengzhi Yang 28.4% 20,949
     Independent Joseph Antonelli Rosas 4.2% 3,129
Total Votes 73,750


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Gordon defeated Josh Becker and Yoriko Kishimoto in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Republican Greg Conlon and Libertarian Ray M. Bell, Jr. in the November 2 general election.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Gordon (D) 89,927
Greg Conlon (R) 52,809
Ray M. Bell, Jr. (L) 6,925
California House of Representatives, District 21 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Gordon (D) 14,850
Josh Becker (D) 12,720
Yoriko Kishimoto (D) 10,190

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Gordon raised $719,225 in contributions. [5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME California $15,600
California Association Of Realtors $15,600
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 467 $15,600
California Teachers Association $15,600


Gordon has a husband, Dennis McShane.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Beall Jr. (D)
California State Assembly District 24
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ira Ruskin (D)
California Assembly District 21
Succeeded by
Adam Gray (D)