|California State Senate District 19|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Strickland has been appointed to these committees:
- Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, California Senate
- Environmental Quality Committee, California 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
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 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|
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|
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. 
19th district profile
California Senate District 19 includes most of Santa Barbara County and the Simi Valley. It includes rural and suburban areas, from the southern parts of the Central Coast to the suburbs of Los Angeles.
The 19th includes portions of three counties, with the majority of the district's population in Ventura County. The district includes the entire Simi Valley, including Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and the city of Ventura.
Almost all of Santa Barbara County is in the district, including the city of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.
- 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: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2008
- Tony Strickland on Facebook
- Tony Strickland on Twitter
- Senate Health committee membership
- Senate Budget & Fiscal Review committee membership
- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee membership
- "Bridge Tax Fails; Local Tax Passes," CalWatchdog.org June 13, 2010
- California State Senate official election results
- Campaign donors
- 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
- Overview of Senate District 19
|California State Senate District 19
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