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Stephen Knight
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California State Senate District 21
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 36
High schoolPalmdale High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of serviceDates unknown
ProfessionPolice officer
Stephen "Steve" Knight is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 36th District from 2008 to 2012. He also serves on the Palmdale City Council.


Knight is an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, a former soldier in the United States Army, Germany, and a member of Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums. [1]

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Governance and Finance, Vice-chair
Legislative Ethics, Vice-chair
Public Safety
Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair


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


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


Knight's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 340 - Income taxes: credits: hiring credit
  • AB 357 - Firearms: license to carry concealed firearm
  • AB 703 - Housing: federal housing certificate program

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

Political Courage test

Knight did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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, Knight ranked as a 3.[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Knight won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 21. He and Star Moffatt (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Knight was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Knight 57.6% 153,412
     Democratic Star Moffatt 42.4% 112,780
Total Votes 266,192


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Knight won re-election to the 36th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. he defeated Democrat Linda K. Jones in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Knight (R) 66,312
Linda K. Jones (D) 48,943


In 2008 Knight was elected to the California State Assembly District 36. Knight (R) finished with 79,502 votes while his opponent Linda Jones finished with 74,841 votes.[9]

California State Assembly District 36
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Knight (R) 79,502
Linda Jones (D) 74,841

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Knight raised $366,035 in contributions. [10]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $13,800
Eli Lilly & Co $9,800
Farmers Insurance Group $7,900


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

Contributor 2008 total
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
George C Runner for Senate 2008 $7,200
Philip Morris $7,200
CA Medical Assoc $7,000
Personal Insurance Federation of CA $4,600


Knight and his wife, Lily, have two children.

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Preceded by
Carol Liu (D)
California State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 36
Succeeded by
Steve Fox (D)