Roy Ashburn

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Roy Ashburn
California State Senate District 18
Former member
Term in office began
December 2002
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Roy Ashburn (b. 1954) was a Republican member of the California State Senate. He represented California senate district 18, which spans parts of Kern County, Tulare County, Inyo County, and San Bernardino County.

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.[1] Ashburn raised $383,488 in campaign funds.

California State Senate, District 18
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Roy Ashburn (R) 147,767
Fred Davis (D) 59,187
Matthew Rick (G) 4,923

Campaign donors


In 2006 Ashburn raised $383,488 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.[2]

Donor Amount
AT&T $7,550
Kern Oil & Refining Co. $6,700
California Medical Association $6,250
California Correctional Peace Officers Association $5,600
California Association of Realtors $5,600

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Ashburn ranked as a 17. [5]


Ashburn was a member of:

He was a vice-chair of:

"Sacramento Six"

Senator Ashburn on the California budget
Senator Ashburn, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans became known as the Sacramento Six. [8]

A recall effort targeting Ashburn for his tax hike votes in early 2009 was formed in March 2009 but later abandoned.[9]

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."[10]

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."[11] 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.[12]

18th district profile

California Senate District 18 contains all of Inyo County and major parts of Kern County, San Bernardino County and Tulare County.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Jean Fuller