Tony Cardenas

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Tony Cardenas
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U.S. House, California, District 29
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorAdam Schiff (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$844,097
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Los Angeles City Council
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Date of birthMarch 31, 1963
Place of birthPacoima, California
Net worth$190,005
Office website
Campaign website
Tony Cardenas is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 29th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated David Hernandez (Ind) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Cardenas served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002. He was then a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2004 to 2012.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cardenas is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cardenas's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cardenas serves on the following committees:[3]



See also: California's 29th congressional district elections, 2012

Cardenas won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 29th District.[1] He and David Hernandez (Ind) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Richard Valdez (D). Cardenas went on to defeat Hernandez in the November 6, 2012, general election.[4][5]

U.S. House, California District 29 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTony Cardenas 74.1% 111,287
     Independent David Hernandez 25.9% 38,994
Total Votes 150,281
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 29 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Cardenas (D) 64.4% 24,882
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Hernandez (NPP) 21.7% 8,382
Richard Valdez (D) 13.9% 5,379
Total Votes 38,643

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cardenas is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cardenas raised a total of $844,097 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[6]

Tony Cardenas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 29) Won $844,097
Grand Total Raised $844,097


Breakdown of the source of Cardenas's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cardenas won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cardenas's campaign committee raised a total of $844,097 and spent $709,797.[7]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cardenas is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of June 4, 2013.[8]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cardenas missed 8 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 9.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cardenas's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $30,011 and $349,999. That averages to $190,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[10]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cardenas has voted with the Democratic Party 95.9% of the time. This ranked 78th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[11]


Cardenas and his wife, Norma, have four children.[2]

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Preceded by
Adam Schiff
U.S. House, California, District 29
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by