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Tony Strickland
Tony Strickland.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 25
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 19
California State Assembly, District 37
Bachelor'sWhittier College
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1970
Place of birthFort Ord, CA
ProfessionVice President, Green Wave Energy Solutions LLC
Campaign website
Tony Strickland (b. February 17, 1970, in Fort Ord, California) was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 25th Congressional District of California.[1] He is also a former Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 19 from 2008 to 2012.

In 2012, Strickland ran for U.S. House representing the 26th Congressional District of California, losing to Democrat Julia Brownley in the general election.[2] He initially planned to run again in 2014 but dropped out of the race once Jeff Gorell announced his candidacy. He then immediately endorsed Gorell.[3][4]

Prior to joining the state senate, Strickland served in the California State Assembly (District 37) from 1998-2004. He ran for the statewide position of California State Controller in 2006.

Strickland has a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College. He is the vice-president of Green Wave Energy Solutions, LLC.


Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly

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.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Strickland ranked as a 20.[7]

Political positions


Sen. Strickland blasted Democrats in June 2011 for not committing the recently discovered $6.6 billion additional state tax revenues to public safety and education. Public safety and education groups are the two in the state claiming to be hit the hardest with cuts. Strickland said it does not appear the money was spent wisely.

“Democrats would like to claim that this budget is about public safety and education,” Strickland said. “Let’s be clear: You can make no mistake that this budget is not about protecting public safety or education. If you extend these taxes, it’s going to mean more people out of work at a time when people can least afford it. If you vote for this, it will actually be a full year of tax increases even if people in September vote it down.”

In 2011, Republicans blocked the passage of a tax bill requiring a two-thirds vote (AB X1 18).

Immediately following the failed tax vote, Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brought up a bill (SB 1X 23) that housed his local taxation bill (SB 653) and would allow local governments to bring local tax opportunities to a vote.

“I believe that it is another club to use over Republicans and our constituencies, saying, if you don’t do this bridge tax, if you don’t raise the taxes of people that have already said no, then we are going to have all these different taxes,” said Republican Sen. Bob Huff.

However Steinberg and other Democrats said they planned to allow local governments to fund their own public programs, especially if Republicans and voters rejected the tax extensions in 2011. Senate Bill 653 was a bargaining tool to get Republicans to go along with Jerry Brown’s tax extensions.

Under SB 653, local governments could pass local taxes increases on not just goods and services, but also on income taxes. In the course of the 2011 session, Democrats said they would create a local car tax, additional business taxes, property taxes and many different excise taxes on cigarettes, liquor, soda and even locally sold medical marijuana.[8]


See also: Redistricting in California and California Proposition 40, Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan (2012)

In August 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission completed the new Congressional and state legislative maps for the 2012-2020 elections. A referendum began in August 2011 to repeal the Senate map. Supporters have until November 13, 2011 to collect the 504,760 signatures that are required to qualify the measure for the ballot. Among the drive supporters are former Governor Pete Wilson and State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton.[9] Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:[10]

Campaign themes


Strickland's campaign website lists the following issues:[11]

  • Spending and Debt: "I support a Constitutional Amendment to Balance the Budget. Washington has a spending problem. While I applaud Republicans in Congress for making some progress by reducing total spending two years in a row, the first time that has happened since the Korean War, there is so much more that can and should be done. There is still a lot of waste, duplication, fraud and abuse in the federal budget that we must address."
  • Taxes: "Raising taxes on hardworking Americans is the last thing we should be doing. Washington does not tax us too little…it taxes us far too much. The government already takes too much money from its citizens. At a time when many Americans are facing financial hardships, the last thing they can afford is higher taxes."
  • Job Creation: "Our current economic state is simply unacceptable. Over the past three and a half years, our government has failed in one of its core duties: promoting an economy where lasting, well-paying jobs can be created in America."
  • Obamacare: "Obamacare is a disaster. President Obama and Congressional Democrats spent billions of dollars on a website that doesn’t work, people’s personal information is vulnerable to identity theft and the number of people that have lost their health care because of the law still outweighs the new enrollees. It’s clear that Obamacare must be repealed, immediately."
  • National Security: "Keeping America safe at home is the most fundamental duty of our government. The enduring flame of liberty was lit on our shores in 1776, and has been transcendent for over two centuries because of the resolve of the American people and the hard work of our men and women in uniform."


—Tony Strickland's campaign website, http://www.tonystrickland.com/issues


Strickland's campaign website listed the following issues:[13]

  • Keeping Ventura County First
Excerpt: "Too many Ventura County families are struggling to make ends meet. Our local recovery and return to sound policies are necessary in order to get our neighbors working and our County thriving economically again. Creating new jobs and keeping jobs already in Ventura County, here, must be the focus of our government and our elected officials."
  • Creating American Jobs
Excerpt: "Ventura County needs independent leaders who will work to unite our community around economic policies that provide hope and prosperity for families struggling to make ends meet. Over the past three and a half years, our government has failed in its core duty: promoting an economy where lasting, well-paying jobs can be created in America."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare are a sacred trust with our country’s seniors who have worked and paid into the system their entire lives. I will steadfastly oppose any effort to reduce Social Security or Medicare benefits for America’s retirees or those nearing retirement. I will also oppose any plan that changes the system in any way for those who count on Social Security or Medicare."
  • Making America Energy Independent
Excerpt: "Energy independence isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. America must lead the world in both energy production and renewable energy development. It’s time to transition our economy from traditional fossil fuels and into a renewable energy independent economy that will provide high paying jobs and improve our environment."
  • Keeping America Strong
Excerpt: "Keeping America safe at home is the most important duty for our leaders in government. The enduring flame of liberty was lit on our shores in 1776, and has been transcendent for over two centuries because of the resolve of the American people and the hard work of our men and women in uniform. The United States remains a leader in the world, and a strong national defense will allow America to remain a global force for good. "

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: California's 25th Congressional District elections, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2014

Strickland ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 25th District. Strickland sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Strickland initially planned to run for the 26th Congressional District seat of California. However, he dropped out of the race and endorsed assemblyman Jeff Gorell once Gorell entered the race.[4]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Strickland to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[17]


See also California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

Strickland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 26th District. Redistricting combined a portion of Strickland's senate district with that of Fran Pavley. Because of this, they could have met in the 2012 general election this November, but Strickland decided to run for the U.S. House instead of running for re-election against Pavley.[18] He and Julia Brownley (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D), Jess Herrera (D), David Cruz Thayne (D), and Linda Parks (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Brownley won.[2][19][20]

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley 52.7% 139,072
     Republican Tony Strickland 47.3% 124,863
Total Votes 263,935
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 26 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Strickland (R) 44.1% 49,043
Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley (D) 26.9% 29,892
Linda Parks (NPP) 18.3% 20,301
Jess Herrera (D) 6.5% 7,244
David Cruz Thayne (D) 2.5% 2,809
Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D) 1.7% 1,880
Total Votes 111,169


In 2008 Strickland was elected to the California State Senate, District 19. In a close race Strickland finished with 207,976 votes just barely edging out his opponent Hannah-Beth Jackson who finished with 201,119 votes.[21] Strickland raised $4,196,857 in campaign funds.

California State Senate, District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tony Strickland (R) 207,976
Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) 207,119

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Strickland's reports.


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

Strickland did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Strickland's campaign committee raised a total of $2,454,653 and spent $2,377,030.[29]

2010 (Off-cycle)


In 2008 Strickland raised $4,196,857 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.[30]

Donor Amount
California Republican Party $1,771,461
San Joaquin Republican Central CMTE $127,500
Republican Party of Riverside County $118,200
Republican Central CMTE of Orange County $95,200
Monterey County Republican Party $75,200


Strickland is married to Audra Strickland, who is a former member of the California State Assembly. The Stricklands have two children and live in Moorpark, California.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Roll Call, "Strickland Switches Races to McKeon’s District in California (Updated)," December 2, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  3. Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Los Angeles Times, "GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell to challenge Rep. Julia Brownley," November 25, 2013
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  8. "Bridge Tax Fails; Local Tax Passes," CalWatchdog.org June 13, 2010
  9. Los Angeles Times "Former Gov. Pete Wilson joins effort to upset redistricting plan," August 24, 2011
  10. Sacramento Bee "Drive to repeal Senate maps gets boost from four GOP senators," August 26, 2011
  11. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 22, 2014
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  14. Senate Health committee membership
  15. Senate Budget & Fiscal Review committee membership
  16. Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership
  17. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  18. toacorn.com, "Redistricting may pit Pavley vs. Strickland" October 6, 2011
  19. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  20. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  21. California State Senate official election results
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Strickland October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  29. Open Secrets, "Tony Strickland 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013
  30. Campaign donors
Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)