Sam Blakeslee

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Sam Blakeslee
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California State Senate District 15
Former Member
In office
Minority Floor Leader, California State Assembly
Base salary$95,290.56/year
Per diem$141.86/day for each day in session
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First electedAugust 17, 2010
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Master'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Ph.D.University of California, Santa Barbara
ProfessionPresident, Blakeslee & Blakeslee
Office website
Sam Blakeslee is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 15 from 2010 to 2012. He formerly served in the California State Assembly from 2005 to 2010.

In 2010 Blakeslee ran against democratic opponent John Laird of Santa Cruz to fill the seat vacated by Abel Maldonado upon Maldonado's confirmation as lieutenant governor of California. Blakeslee won the August 17, 2010 special election to fill the seat garnering 48.8% of the vote to Laird's 44.1%.[1] Blakeslee will finish the remainder of Maldonado's term which will end in 2012.[2]

In early May 2009, it was announced that Blakeslee is likely to take over the leadership position that Michael Villines resigned.[3]

Blakeslee holds a Ph.D from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He also has a B.S. and a Masters in Geophysics from the University of California-Berkeley.


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. [4],[5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Blakeslee ranked as a 19.[6]

Blakeslee's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 42 - Electricity: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • AB 45 - Distributed generation: small wind energy systems
  • AB 1111 - Energy: California Alternative Energy

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Blakeslee filed a "Statement of Intention" to run for California State Treasurer in the 2014 elections. [7]


Blakeslee initially indicated that he would seek re-election to the State Senate in 2012. John Laird, who Blakeslee defeated in 2010, also filed a statement that he will once again challenge Blakeslee.[8] Blakeslee has since decided to retire, citing redistricting and the result of his district shifting in favor of Democrats. However, he has stated that he may change his mind, should courts rule against the current map.[9]


Blakeslee won election to the California State Senate in a special election on August 17, 2010. Blakeslee ran to fill California Senate District 15 which was vacated by Abel Maldonado upon confirmation as lieutenant governor of California. Blakeslee ran against John Laird.


In 2008 Blakeslee was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 33. Blakeslee (R) finished with 114,316 votes while his opponent Robert Cuthbert (D) finished with 64,740 votes.[10]

California State Assembly District 33
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Blakeslee (R) 114,316
Robert Cuthbert (D) 64,740
California State Senate District 15
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Blakeslee (R) 77,107
John Laird (D) 69,649

Campaign donors


Below are Blakeslee's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Assoc of Realtors $14,100
AT&T $9,850
Sempra Energy $9,700
CA Assoc of Psychiatric Technicians $9,350
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $9,200

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Professional experience

Blakeslee is the President of Blakeslee & Blakeslee, investment firm, and a former research scientist/strategic budget planner for Exxon.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abel Maldonado (R)
California State Senate District 15
August 23, 2010 – present
Succeeded by
James Beall Jr. (D)
Preceded by
Abel Maldonado (R)
California State Assembly District 33
2004 – August 23, 2010
Succeeded by
K.H. Achadjian (R)