Robert Dutton

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Robert Dutton
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California State Senate District 31
Former Member
In office
Minority Leader, California State Senate
Base salary$95,290.56/year
Per diem$141.86/day for each day in session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
AssociatesLos Angeles Valley College, 1972
Military service
Service/branchArmy Reserve/California Air National Guard
Years of service1969-1974
Date of birthOctober 13, 1950
Place of birthLincoln, NE
ProfessionPresident/Chief Executive Officer, Dutton and Associates, Inc.
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Dutton (b. 1950) is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 31 from 2004 to 2012. He served as State Senate Minority Leader from 2011 to 2012.He previously served two years in the California State Assembly.

Because of California's term limits, he was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.

Dutton ran for U.S. House in 2012 but lost in the general election.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


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. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Dutton ranked as a 6. [7]

Fined over gift disclosure

In February 2010 Dutton agreed to pay a fine of $200 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well.[8]

Campaign themes


Dutton's campaign website listed the following issues:[9]

  • Small Businesses Create Jobs
Excerpt: "A small business owner for 40 years, Bob Dutton has seen first-hand how suffocating government regulations are simply killing jobs in our region. As a citizen legislator, he successfully brought together state retailers and on-line giant Amazon for a tax compromise that protected tens of thousands of small businesses and created thousands of new jobs in California."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Bob Dutton believes that we in the Inland Empire do not get our fair share of federal transportation dollars. Bob Dutton believes that transportation and logistics are critical to the Inland Empire's economy and job base."
  • Local Airports
Excerpt: "Our local airports, both Ontario International Airport (ONT) and the San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) in San Bernardino County are critical to our regional economy. Bob Dutton believes these airports should be under local control and management. "
  • No Tax Hikes
Excerpt: "Not only does citizen legislator Bob Dutton oppose raising taxes to balance the federal budget, but he led the fight last year to reduce the state sales tax rate as well as decrease the car tax . . . and that helps families keep more of their hard-earned income."
  • Pay Down National Debt
Excerpt: "Bob Dutton is appalled that our national debt is now $15 trillion and that since the time President Obama took office, the national debt has risen an astounding 41%. He favors a tough federal spending cap because powerful D.C. lobbyists – like big labor union bosses and greedy corporate interests – corrupt decision making in Washington. It’s time to stop the influence peddling and get our fiscal house in order."



See also California's 31st congressional district elections, 2012

Dutton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 31st District. He and district 42 incumbent Gary Miller (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Justin Kim (D), Rita Ramirez-Dean (D), Renea Wickman (D), and Pete Aguilar (D). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Miller won.[1][10][11]

U.S. House, California District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller Incumbent 55.2% 88,964
     Republican Bob Dutton 44.8% 72,255
Total Votes 161,219
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


In 2008 Dutton was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 31. He finished with 186,191 votes while his opponent Ameenah Fuller finished with 130,973 votes.[12] Dutton raised $491,204 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Dutton (R) 186,191
Ameenah Fuller 130,973

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Dutton's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Dutton did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Dutton's campaign committee raised a total of $387,524 and spent $385,151.[13]

2010 (Off-cycle)


In 2008 Dutton raised $491,204 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[14]

Donor Amount
Peace Officiers Research Association of California $7,800
California Portland Cement Co. - CPCC $7,200
AT&T $7,170
Veritas Health Services Inc. DBA Chino Valley Medical Center $6,700

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Preceded by
California State Senate District 31
Succeeded by
Richard Roth (D)