California State Assembly
|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 5, 2016|
Speaker pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article 4, California Constitution|
|Salary||$104,118/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016|
|November 6, 2018|
|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|
Coordinates: 38°34′35″N 121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°WThe California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. It consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the State 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. 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.
Members of the assembly are generally referred to using the titles assemblyman (for men), assemblywoman (for women), or assemblymember (for all genders).
The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of 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 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.
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||52||28||80||0|
|July 10, 2017||54||79||1|
|November 27, 2017||53||78||2|
|December 16, 2017||54||79||1|
|December 31, 2017||53||78||2|
|January 2, 2018||52||77||3|
|April 16, 2018||53||78||2|
|June 5, 2018||55||80||0|
|Latest voting share||68.8%||31.3%|
|Speaker pro tempore||Kevin Mullin||Democratic||22nd–South San Francisco|
|Assistant speaker pro tempore||Laura Friedman||Democratic||43rd–Glendale|
|Majority leader||Ian Calderon||Democratic||57th–Whittier|
|Assistant majority leader||Rob Bonta||Democratic||18th–Alameda|
|Majority whip||Todd Gloria||Democratic||78th–San Diego|
|Assistant majority whip||Eloise Reyes||Democratic||47th–Grand Terrace|
|Majority caucus chair||Mike Gipson||Democratic||64th–Carson|
|Minority leader||Brian Dahle||Republican||1st–Bieber|
|Deputy Republican leaders||Frank Bigelow||Republican||5th–O'Neals|
|Assistant Republican leaders||Phillip Chen||Republican||55th–Diamond Bar|
|Chad Mayes||Republican||42nd–Yucca Valley|
|Republican caucus chair||Jay Obernolte||Republican||33rd–Big Bear Lake|
|Republican floor leader||Marie Waldron||Republican||75th–Escondido|
|Chief Clerk||E. Dotson Wilson|
|Chief Sergeant-at-Arms||Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D|
|Chaplain||Reverend Bob Oshita|
|Alternate Chaplain||Reverend Patti 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|
|1||Brian Dahle||Republican||Bieber||2012||2024||Minority leader|
|8||Ken Cooley||Democratic||Rancho Cordova||2012||2024|
|9||Jim Cooper||Democratic||Elk Grove||2014||2026|
|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|
|30||Anna Caballero||Democratic||Salinas||2016||2018||Previously served from 2006 to 2010.|
|33||Jay Obernolte||Republican||Big Bear Lake||2014||2026|
|37||Monique Limón||Democratic||Santa Barbara||2016||2028|
|38||Dante Acosta||Republican||Santa Clarita||2016||2028|
|39||Luz Rivas||Democratic||North Hollywood||2018
|40||Marc Steinorth||Republican||Rancho Cucamonga||2014||2026|
|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|
|49||Ed Chau||Democratic||Monterey Park||2012||2024|
|50||Richard Bloom||Democratic||Santa Monica||2012||2024|
|51||Wendy Carrillo||Democratic||Boyle Heights||2017
|53||Miguel Santiago||Democratic||Los Angeles||2014||2026|
|54||Sydney Kamlager||Democratic||Los Angeles||2018
|55||Phillip Chen||Republican||Diamond Bar||2016||2028|
|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|
|72||Travis Allen||Republican||Huntington Beach||2012||2024|
|73||Bill Brough||Republican||Dana Point||2014||2026|
|74||Matthew Harper||Republican||Huntington Beach||2014||2026|
|77||Brian Maienschein||Republican||San Diego||2012||2024|
|78||Todd Gloria||Democratic||San Diego||2016||2028|
|79||Shirley Weber||Democratic||San Diego||2012||2024|
|80||Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher||Democratic||San Diego||2013
||2024|elected in a special election
Past composition of the Assembly
- 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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- About Us, Office of the Chief Clerk, California State Assembly.
- Melanie Mason, Buddhist reverend is newest chaplain for California Assembly, Los Angeles Times (December 20, 2016).
- History, Sergeant-at-Arms Office, California State Assembly.
- Jimmy Gomez (D–51st) resigned to assume a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
- Raul Bocanegra (D–39th) resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
- Democrat Wendy Carrillo elected to replace Jimmy Gomez.
- Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D–54th) resigned due to health issues.
- Matt Dababneh (D–45th) resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
- Sydney Kamlager (D–54th) elected to replace Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
- Luz Rivas (D–39th) & Jesse Gabriel (D–45th) elected to replace Raul Bocanegra and Matt Dababneh.
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