Denise Moreno Ducheny

Denise Moreno Ducheny (born March 21, 1952) is an American lawyer and former politician from California. She is a former California State Senator who represented Senate District 40, which includes southern San Diego County, part of Riverside County, and all of Imperial County. Ducheny is a Democrat. She lives with her husband, Al, in San Diego, California. She is now a senior policy advisor at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Denise M. Ducheny
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Member of the Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission
Assumed office
Appointed byBarack Obama
Member of the Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank
Assumed office
Appointed byBarack Obama
Member of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
In office
January 2011 – September 2011[1]
Member of the California Senate
from the 40th district
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 6, 2010
Preceded byJames S. "Steve" Piece
Succeeded byJuan C. Vargas
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 79th district
In office
December 5, 1994 – December 4, 2000
Preceded byJames S. "Steve" Piece[2]
Succeeded byJuan C. Vargas[3]
Personal details
Denise Moreno[4]

(1952-03-21) March 21, 1952 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alvin J. Ducheny[4]
EducationPomona College (BA)
Southwestern Law School (JD)


Ducheny was born in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a BA in History from Pomona College.[5] She earned her JD in 1979 from Southwestern University School of Law. After graduation, she practiced law from 1979 in south San Diego, California. Ducheny served on the San Diego Community College Board from 1990 to 1994.[6]

State AssemblyEdit

Ducheny served as chair of the California State Assembly in 1994 to 2000. She was the first San Diegan, first woman, and first Latino ever to be appointed to this powerful position overseeing the state's $100 billion spending plan. While in the Assembly, Ducheny served as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee between 1997 and 2000, and as Vice-Chair in 1996. She also served, as Chair of the Select Committee on California-Mexico Affairs, as Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Welfare Reform, as Vice-Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus.

Ducheny served in numerous committees and authored landmark legislation, including the CAL Works Welfare Reform Act of 1997, which assisted many in the transition from welfare to work; the College Affordability Act, which rolled back student fees at the University of California, California State University, and Community Colleges for the first time in 13 years; the Reverse Mortgage bill, which provided protection to senior homeowners and consumers; the California Public School Library Act, which provided an additional funding source for school libraries; the Indian Child Welfare Act; the California development certificate to teach K-12 students; and legislation regarding vacant residential structures, which enabled local government to rehabilitate vacant dwellings to improve the quality of life in their communities.[7][8]

State SenateEdit

She was first elected to represent the 40th District in the California State Senate in November 2002. Ducheny chaired the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. She served as Vice Chair of the Agriculture Committee, a member of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and also chairs the Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation and Oversight of the UC Energy Labs.

She has been a strong advocate of a so-far unsuccessful effort to repeal California's mandatory motorcycle helmet law.[9]

2012 House of Representatives ElectionsEdit

In the 2012 congressional elections Moreno Ducheny announced that she would run against Democrat Juan Vargas.[10][11][12][13]

Vargas spent some of his funds on mailers to help Republican Michael Crimmins, who he preferred to face in the general election in this heavily Democratic seat. Vargas spent $40–50,000 helping Crimmins, at least eight times more than Crimmins spent himself.[14][15]

2014 appointment to Border Environment Cooperation CommissionEdit

In 2014 Ducheny was appointed to the board of directors for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission by President Barack Obama.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ LinkedIn Profile
  2. ^ The Journal of the Assembly during the ... session of the Legislature of the state of California (1993-1994 Session)
  3. ^ The Journal of the Assembly during the ... session of the Legislature of the state of California (2003-2004 Session)
  4. ^ a b Out from the Blue Ridge: a genealogical history of the Kessler/Kesler families of Botetourt County, Virginia, Volume 2 (1984), page 675
  5. ^ "EMILY's List Puts Denise Moreno Ducheny "On the List"". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ Dibble, Sandra. "Retired legislator to receive Mexican award". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ "State Senator Denise Ducheny - California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  8. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2007-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Ducheny Enters Race for Congress, Will Spar With Vargas". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  12. ^ "DUCHENY BLASTS VARGAS FOR 'WAR ON WOMEN'S HEALTH". 6 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  13. ^ Mgconlan (1 March 2012). "Zenger's Newsmagazine: Queer Democrats Split in 51st District Congressional Race". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  14. ^ Christopher Cadelago (June 8, 2012). "Vargas helps pick opponent in race for Congress". U-T San Diego. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "Q&A: 51st Congressional Candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny". 2 June 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Former Imperial County representative Denise Ducheny appointed to binational Border Environment Cooperation Commission board". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  17. ^ Dibble, Sandra. "Former state senator to join U.S.-Mexico board". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  18. ^ "The Whitehouse Says". Retrieved 29 April 2017.

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