|Running for U.S. House, California, District 26|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|California State Senate District 19|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|California State Assembly, District 37|
|Birthday||February 17, 1970|
|Place of birth||Fort Ord, CA|
|Profession||Vice President, Green Wave Energy Solutions LLC|
- 1 Issues
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
In 2012, Strickland ran for U.S. House representing the 26th congressional district of California, losing to Democrat Julia Brownley in the general election. He is seeking a re-match against Brownley in 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.
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.
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Strickland ranked as a 20. 
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.
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. Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:
Strickland's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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. "
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Strickland served on these committees:
- Business, Professions and Economic Development
- Energy, Utilities and Communications
- Environmental Quality Committee, California State Senate, Vice Chair
- Governmental Organization Committee, California Senate
- Health Committee, California Senate, Vice Chair
- Human Services Committee, California Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Strickland served on these committees:
- Budget and Fiscal Review
- Energy, Utilities and Communications
- Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments
Strickland has filed his campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin raising money for his 2014 campaign for U.S. House representing the 26th congressional district seat of California. After losing his bid for the 26th district seat to Democrat Julia Brownley in the general election, Strickland will once again run as a Republican in the 2014 primary election, the date of which has yet to be scheduled. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.
Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
Brownley defeated Republican former state legislator Tony Strickland for the open 26th District seat in the general election on November 6, 2012, earning 52.7 percent of the total vote. The following April, Strickland filed his campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin raising money for a 2014 re-match against Brownley. He ultimately decided against the rematch and sought election to the 25th District instead.
After the blanket primary, Cook Political Report changed the rating of this race from Lean D to Toss-up. The Republican candidates in the race received over 50 percent of the primary vote, showing that the race is likely to be very competitive in November.
Strickland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.  He and Julia Brownley (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, 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.
|U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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. Strickland raised $4,196,857 in campaign funds.
|California State Senate, District 19|
|Tony Strickland (R)||207,976|
|Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)||207,119|
|U.S. House, California District 26, 2012 - Tony Strickland Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,155,828|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,106,886|
|Top contributors to Tony Strickland's campaign committee|
|Fidelity National Financial||$18,461|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$12,750|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$86,000|
|California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Tony Strickland's campaign in 2010|
|California Medical Association||$7,800|
|American College Of Emergency Physicians||$7,800|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$6,900|
|Total Raised in 2010||$629,741|
Senator Strickland on the California budget
In 2008 Strickland raised $4,196,857 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.
|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|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Tony + Strickland + California + Senate
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- Tony Strickland's campaign website
- Official website of State Senator Tony Strickland
- Legislative profile of Tony Strickland on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Tony Strickland on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Tony Strickland on Facebook
- Tony Strickland on Twitter
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- "Bridge Tax Fails; Local Tax Passes," CalWatchdog.org June 13, 2010
- Los Angeles Times "Former Gov. Pete Wilson joins effort to upset redistricting plan," August 24, 2011
- Sacramento Bee "Drive to repeal Senate maps gets boost from four GOP senators," August 26, 2011
- Campaign website, Issues
- Senate Health committee membership
- Senate Budget & Fiscal Review committee membership
- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
- Red State, "Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.," June 23, 2014
- toacorn.com, "Redistricting may pit Pavley vs. Strickland" October 6, 2011
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- California State Senate official election results
- Open Secrets "Tony Strickland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 19, 2013
- Campaign donors
|California State Senate District 19
| Succeeded by|
Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)