Roderick Wright

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Roderick Wright
Rod Wright.jpg
California State Senate District 35
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'sPepperdine University
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Roderick Wright is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Senator Wright served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002.


Wright has a B.A. in Urban Studies and City Planning from Pepperdine University.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget and Fiscal Review
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governmental Organization, Chair
Human Services
Joint Rules


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wright 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. [1],[2]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Wright ranked as a 53. [3]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Wright ran in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 35. He and Charlotte Svolos (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Paul Butterfield (D). Wright was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012. [4][5]

California State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoderick "Rod" Wright Incumbent 76.5% 192,483
     Republican Charlotte A. Svolos 23.5% 59,077
Total Votes 251,560

California State Senate, District 35 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlotte Svolos 57.4% 40,312
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRod Wright Incumbent 26.8% 18,793
     Democratic Paul Butterfield 15.8% 11,091
Total Votes 70,196


In 2008 Wright was elected to California State Senate, District 25. He finished with 179,654 votes while his opponent Lydia Gutierrez finished with 70,199 votes.[6] Wright raised $570,968 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 25
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Roderick Wright (D) 179,654
Lydia Gutierrez 70,199

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Senator Wright argues for budget package

2010 (Off-cycle)


In 2008 Wright raised $570,968 in campaign donations. His top four donors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $14,400
California State council of Service Employees $14,400
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters $14,400
AT&T $13,300


Residency investigation

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed in late September 2009 that it was investigating Wright based on the possibility that Wright incorrectly reported his legal address of residence when he sought his state senate seat in 2008.[8]

When Wright registered to vote on March 14, 2007, he listed as address as being a four-plex in Inglewood.

The issue of residency was a campaign issue in the heavily-contested June 2008 primary election. The residency of contender Mervyn Dymally and of Wright was questioned because both of them owned homes in the district, and in more affluent areas outside of the district. At that time, when questioned about where he lived, Wright told a local newspaper, "It wasn't like I switched last week to be eligible. I've owned the house for years. It's a kind of nonissue."[8]

Registration documents are filed under penalty of perjury, which is a felony.

David Demerjian of the Los Angeles District Attorney's public integrity division said he could not discuss details of the ongoing investigation into Wright but did go so far as to say that when the office investigates residency issues, they are generally interested in "whether false documents were filed."[8]

The charges against Wright were thrown out in March 2011 by a California Superior Court judge for being improperly filed, but reinstated by the California 2nd District Court of Appeals in July. Wright once again faces all eight charges -- two counts of perjury, one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy and five counts of voting fraud.[9]

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.[10]

25th district profile

Senate District 25
California Senate District 25 covers parts of Los Angeles County. It is a semi-circle running from Westchester to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. the majority of the district's population is based in Inglewood, Compton, the northwestern sections of Long Beach, and some parts of the City of Los Angeles. The district includes Alondra Park, East Compton, Florence-Graham, Gardena, Hawthorne, Ladera Heights, Lawndale, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, West Athens, West Compton, Westmont, and Willowbrook.

In the City of Los Angeles, the 25th includes part of Westchester near Los Angeles International Airport, as well as parts of South Los Angeles and a small portion of San Pedro that connects the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the remainder of the district.[11]

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Preceded by
Tom Harman (R)
California State Senate District 35
Succeeded by