California State Assembly
Coordinates: The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature, the upper house being the California State Senate. The Assembly convenes, along with the State Senate, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
California State Assembly
|California State Legislature|
|Elected before 2012:|
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
New session started
|December 3, 2018|
Speaker pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article 4, California Constitution|
|Salary||$110,459/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|Redistricting||California Citizens Redistricting Commission|
|Legislatorum est justas leges condere|
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
|State Assembly Chamber|
California State Capitol
|California State Assembly|
The Assembly consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to a combination of the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population-per-representative ratio of any state lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States after the federal House of Representatives.
Members of the California State Assembly are generally referred to using the titles Assemblyman (for men), Assemblywoman (for women), or Assemblymember (gender-neutral). In the current legislative session, Democrats enjoy a three-fourths supermajority of 61 seats, while Republicans control a minority of 18 seats; there is currently 1 vacant seat.
The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is nominated by the caucus of the majority party and elected by the full Assembly. Other leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.
The current Speaker is Democrat Anthony Rendon (63rd–Lakewood). The majority leader is Democrat Ian Calderon (57th–Whittier), while the minority leader is Republican Marie Waldron (75th–Escondido).
Terms of officeEdit
As a result of Proposition 140 in 1990 and Proposition 28 in 2012, members elected to the Legislature prior to 2012 are restricted by term limits to three two-year terms (six years), while those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years in the legislature in any combination of four-year State Senate or two-year State Assembly terms.
Every two years, all 80 seats in the Assembly are subject to election. This is in contrast to the State Senate, in which only half of its 40 seats are subject to election every two years.
The chamber's green tones are based on the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The dais rests along a wall shaped like an "E", with its central projection housing the rostrum. Along the cornice appears a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a Latin quotation: legislatorum est justas leges condere ("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws"). Almost every decorating element is identical to the Senate Chamber.
To run for the Assembly, a candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter in the district at the time nomination papers are issued, and may not have served three terms in the State Assembly since November 6, 1990. According to Article 4, Section 2(c) of the California Constitution, the candidate must have one year of residency in the legislative district and California residency for three years.
The chief clerk of the Assembly, a position that has existed since the Assembly's creation, is responsible for many administrative duties. The chief clerk is the custodian of all Assembly bills and records and publishes the Assembly Daily Journal, the minutes of floor sessions, as well as the Assembly Daily File (the Assembly agenda). The chief clerk is the Assembly's parliamentarian, and in this capacity gives advice to the presiding officer on matters of parliamentary procedure. The chief clerk is also responsible for engrossing and enrolling of measures, and the transmitting passed legislation to the governor.
Since 2016, the chaplain and the alternate chaplain of the Assembly have been Revs. Patti Oshita and Bob Oshita, married couple and both Buddhist spiritual leaders. The chaplain from 2003 to 2016 was Father Constantine Pappademos, a Greek Orthodox priest.
The position of sergeant-at-arms of the Assembly has existed since 1849; Samuel N. Houston was the first to hold this post, overseeing one deputy. The sergeant-at-arms is mostly tasked with law enforcement duties, but customarily also has a ceremonial and protocol role. Today, some fifty employees are part of the Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Office.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||55||25||80||0|
|January 24, 2019||61||19||80||0|
|June 12, 2019||61||18||79||1|
|Latest voting share||77.2%||22.8%|
|Speaker pro tempore||Kevin Mullin||Democratic||22nd–South San Francisco|
|Assistant speaker pro tempore||Rebecca Bauer-Kahan||Democratic||16th–Orinda|
|Majority leader||Ian Calderon||Democratic||57th–Whittier|
|Assistant majority leaders||Rob Bonta||Democratic||18th–Alameda|
|Al Muratsuchi||Democratic||66th–Rolling Hills Estates|
|Majority whip||Todd Gloria||Democratic||78th–San Diego|
|Assistant majority whips||Tasha Boerner Horvath||Democratic||76th–Encinitas|
|Democratic caucus chair||Mike Gipson||Democratic||64th–Carson|
|Republican leader||Marie Waldron||Republican||75th–Escondido|
|Republican floor leader||Heath Flora||Republican||12th–Ripon|
|Republican caucus chair||Jay Obernolte||Republican||33rd–Big Bear Lake|
|Republican chief whip||Phillip Chen||Republican||55th–Yorba Linda|
|Republican whip||Devon Mathis||Republican||26th–Visalia|
|Chief Clerk||E. Dotson Wilson|
|Chief Sergeant-at-Arms||Richard Desmond|
|Chaplain||Reverend Patti Oshita|
|Alternate Chaplain||Reverend Bob Oshita|
The Chief Clerk, the acting Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplains are not members of the Legislature.
|District||Name||Party||Residence||First elected||Term limited||Notes|
|2||Jim Wood||Democratic||Santa Rosa||2014||2026|
|3||James Gallagher||Republican||Yuba City||2014||2026|
|8||Ken Cooley||Democratic||Rancho Cordova||2012||2024|
|9||Jim Cooper||Democratic||Elk Grove||2014||2026|
|11||Jim Frazier||Democratic||Discovery Bay||2012||2024|
|17||David Chiu||Democratic||San Francisco||2014||2026|
|19||Phil Ting||Democratic||San Francisco||2012||2024|
|22||Kevin Mullin||Democratic||South San Francisco||2012||2024|
|24||Marc Berman||Democratic||Palo Alto||2016||2028|
|25||Kansen Chu||Democratic||San Jose||2014||2026|
|27||Ash Kalra||Democratic||San Jose||2016||2028|
|29||Mark Stone||Democratic||Scotts Valley||2012||2024|
|33||Jay Obernolte||Republican||Big Bear Lake||2014||2026|
|35||Jordan Cunningham||Republican||Paso Robles||2016||2028|
|37||Monique Limón||Democratic||Santa Barbara||2016||2028|
|38||Christy Smith||Democratic||Santa Clarita||2018||2030|
|39||Luz Rivas||Democratic||North Hollywood||2018||2030|
|42||Chad Mayes||Republican||Yucca Valley||2014||2026|
|44||Jacqui Irwin||Democratic||Thousand Oaks||2014||2026|
|46||Adrin Nazarian||Democratic||Sherman Oaks||2012||2024|
|47||Eloise Reyes||Democratic||Grand Terrace||2016||2028|
|48||Blanca Rubio||Democratic||Baldwin Park||2016||2028|
|50||Richard Bloom||Democratic||Santa Monica||2012||2024|
|51||Wendy Carrillo||Democratic||Boyle Heights||2017||2030|
|53||Miguel Santiago||Democratic||Los Angeles||2014||2026|
|54||Sydney Kamlager||Democratic||Los Angeles||2018||2030|
|55||Phillip Chen||Republican||Yorba Linda||2016||2028|
|57||Ian Calderon||Democratic||Whittier||2012||2024||Majority Leader|
|58||Cristina Garcia||Democratic||Bell Gardens||2012||2024|
|59||Reggie Jones-Sawyer||Democratic||Los Angeles||2012||2024|
|62||Autumn Burke||Democratic||Marina del Rey||2014||2026|
|65||Sharon Quirk-Silva||Democratic||Fullerton||2016||2026||Previously served from 2012 to 2014.|
|66||Al Muratsuchi||Democratic||Rolling Hills Estates||2016||2026||Previously served from 2012 to 2014.|
|67||Melissa Melendez||Republican||Lake Elsinore||2012||2024|
|70||Patrick O'Donnell||Democratic||Long Beach||2014||2026|
|73||Bill Brough||Republican||Dana Point||2014||2026|
|74||Cottie Petrie-Norris||Democratic||Laguna Beach||2018||2030|
|75||Marie Waldron||Republican||Escondido||2012||2024||Minority Leader|
|76||Tasha Boerner Horvath||Democratic||Encinitas||2018||2030|
|77||Brian Maienschein||Democratic||San Diego||2012||2024||Changed party affiliation on January 24, 2019|
|78||Todd Gloria||Democratic||San Diego||2016||2028|
|79||Shirley Weber||Democratic||San Diego||2012||2024|
|80||Lorena Gonzalez||Democratic||San Diego||2013||2024|
- elected in a special election
Past composition of the AssemblyEdit
Current committees include:
- Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative review
- Assembly Committee on Aging And Long-Term Care
- Assembly Committee on Agriculture
- Assembly Committee on Appropriations
- Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
- Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance
- Assembly Committee on Budget
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversight and Program Evaluation
- Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
- Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance
- Assembly Committee on Education
- Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting
- Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
- Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization
- Assembly Committee on Health
- Assembly Committee on Higher Education
- Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development
- Assembly Committee on Human Services
- Assembly Committee on Insurance
- Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
- Assembly Committee on Judiciary
- Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment
- Assembly Committee on Local Government
- Assembly Committee on Natural Resources
- Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection
- Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
- Assembly Committee on Public Safety
- Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation
- Assembly Committee on Rules
- Assembly Committee on Transportation
- Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
- Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs
- Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife
- Joint Committee on Arts
- Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation and Classification
- Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Joint Committee on Legislative Audit
- Joint Committee on Rules
- Joint Legislative Budget
- Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management
- Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies
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