|California State Senate District 18|
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Ashburn was first elected to the state senate in November 2002 and was re-elected in November 2006. His last four-year term ended in 2010 and he was not able to run again for the California Senate because of the state's term limits.
Ashburn was a primary sponsor of California Proposition 13, Seismic Retrofitting (June 2010), which was on the June 8, 2010 ballot in the state.
Prior to his election to the state senate, Ashburn was on the California State Assembly from 1996-2002. He was a Kern County supervisor from 1984-1996 and ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004.
- See also: California State Senate elections, 2010
Ashburn was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of California's term limits.
In 2006 Ashburn was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 18. He finished with 147,767 votes and was followed by Fred Davis with 59,187 votes and Matthew Rick with 4,923 votes. Ashburn raised $383,488 in campaign funds.
|California State Senate, District 18|
|Roy Ashburn (R)||147,767|
|Fred Davis (D)||59,187|
|Matthew Rick (G)||4,923|
In 2006 Ashburn raised $383,488 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.
|Kern Oil & Refining Co.||$6,700|
|California Medical Association||$6,250|
|California Correctional Peace Officers Association||$5,600|
|California Association of Realtors||$5,600|
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Ashburn ranked as a 17. 
Ashburn was a member of:
- Budget and Fiscal Review
- Environmental Quality
- Revenue and Taxation
- Transportation and Housing
He was a vice-chair of:
Senator Ashburn on the California budget
Arrested on suspicion of DUI
Ashburn was pulled over in downtown Sacramento around 2:10 AM the morning of March 3, 2010 for driving erratically. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being given a sobriety test. Ashburn was taken to Sacramento County jail, given a blood-alcohol test, booked and released.
In a statement Ashburn said, "I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did."
Admits to being gay
The days following saw a media frenzy revolving around a report that Ashburn had been at a gay nightclub on the night of his arrest. During a radio interview on the morning of March 8, Ashburn ended the speculation, stating, "I'm gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long." Ashburn, who has a history of voting against gay rights issues, explained that his votes were based on the feelings of the majority of his constituents.
On April 14, Ashburn pled no contest to 2 counts of driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 2 days in jail and 3 years probation. Additionally his drivers license was suspended, he has to attend a class for DUI offenders, and pay fines and fees of nearly $2,000.
18th district profile
- Ashburn's senate profile
- Vote Smart legislative profile of Ashburn
- Vote Smart biographical profile of Ashburn
- Campaign contributions: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008
- California State Senate official election results
- Campaign donors
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- California Budget and Fiscal Review committee membership
- Senate Environmental Quality committee membership list
- Los Angeles Times, "'Sacramento Six' face conservative backlash", March 22, 2009
- Recall Roy
- Mercury News, "GOP state senator arrested on suspicion of DUI," March 3, 2010
- The Sacramento Bee, "Sen. Roy Ashburn: 'I'm gay'," March 8, 2010
- Desert Dispatch, "Sen. Ashburn gets jail, probation following DUI arrest," April 14, 2010
- Overview of Senate District 18
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