Tom Harman

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Tom Harman
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California State Senate District 35
Former Member
In office
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader
Minority Whip, Republican Caucus, California State Senate
Base salary$95,290.56/year
Per diem$141.86/day for each day in session
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sKansas State University, 1963
J.D.Loyola University, 1968
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1965
Date of birthMay 30, 1941
Place of birthPasadena, CA
Office website
Thomas "Tom" Harman (b. May 30, 1941) is a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 35 from 2006 to 2012. He served as the Minority Whip for the California State Senate from 2011 to 2012.

Harman earned his Bachelor's degree in business administration from Kansas State University in 1963. He went on to receive his J.D. from Loyola University in 1968.

Prior to joining the senate, Harman was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006 and a member of the Huntington Beach City Council from 1994-2000. From 1963-1965, he was a lieutenant with the 4th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He was employed as an attorney with Lucas and Deukmejian from 1973-2000.


Direct democracy

Harman believes that the Attorney General of California should be legally required to defend any voter-approved initiative or constitutional amendment in court if a lawsuit is filed against it: "As an expression of the people's will, initiative statutes should be shown deference by California's elected officials and zealously defended when challenged in court" Harman expected to introduce legislation called the "Ballot Box Defense Act" in pursuit of this goal. He is said to be motivated by the fact that Jerry Brown, when he was the Attorney General of California, declined to defend the voter-approved Proposition 8 in court.[1]

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.[2][3]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Harman ranked as a 12.[4]

Committee assignments


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


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

Other roles

Senator Harman speaks to California Republican Assembly
  • Member/President, Huntington Beach Rotary Club (1975-1995)
  • Member/President, Huntington Youth Shelter (1992-1995)
  • Member, Bolsa Chica Land Trust
  • Member, Boys and Girls Club
  • Member, CalTrout
  • Member, Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Member/Founder/Former President, Huntington Beach Tomorrow
  • Keynote Speaker, Newport Beach American Legion
  • Member, Young Men’s Christian Association



Harman was unable to run for re-election in 2012 due to term limits.


See also: California Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Steve Cooley 47.3%
     Republican Party John Eastman 34.2%
     Republican Party Tom Harman 18.5%
Total Votes 1,555,709


  • 2008 Race for State Senate, 35rd District - Republican Primary
    • Tom Harman ran unopposed
2008 Race for State Senate, 35rd District - General Election[11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tom Harman (R) 58.6%
Ginny Mayer (D) 41.4%
Total votes 379,420

Harman raised $653,154 in campaign donations. Out of 743 recorded donors his top donor was the California Association of Realtors who contributed $14,400.[12]


2006 Race for State Senate, 35rd District - Special Primary Election[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tom Harman (R) 38.8%
Diane Harkey (R) 38.5%
Larry Caballero (D) 22.7%
Total votes 98,344
2006 Race for State Senate, 35rd District - Special General Election[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tom Harman (R) 61.3%
Larry Caballero (D) 29.4%
Write Ins 9.3%
Total votes 145,875

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)


Harman currently resides in Huntington Beach, California with his wife, Dianne. The couple has had two children together - Michael and Michelle. He is also a practicing Protestant.

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  • Civil Justice Leadership Award (2007) from the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC)[14]
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2007) from the State Coalition of Probation Organizations
  • Outstanding Legislator of the Year (2008) from the California State Sheriffs’ Association
  • Scales of Justice Award from the California Judges Association

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 35
Succeeded by
Roderick Wright (D)