California State Legislature, 2011–12 session

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2011–2012 session of the
California State Legislature
2009–2010 2013–2014
The Great Seal of the State of California
Jurisdiction California
Term December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Members 40
President of the Senate
President pro tempore Darrell Steinberg (D6th)
Dec. 6, 2010 – Nov. 30, 2012
Minority Leader
Party control Democratic
Members 80
Speaker John Pérez (D46th)
Dec. 6, 2010 – Nov. 30, 2012
Minority Leader Connie Conway (R34th)
Dec. 6, 2010 – Nov. 30, 2012
Party control Democratic

The 2011–2012 session was a session of the California State Legislature. The session first convened on December 6, 2010 and adjourned sine die on November 30, 2012.

Major events[edit]

Vacancies and special elections[edit]

  • July 13, 2010: Senator Dave Cox (R1st) dies from prostate cancer
  • October 20, 2010: Senator Jenny Oropeza (D28th) dies of complications from a blood clot. Despite her death, she wins re-election, thus prolonging the seat's vacancy and necessitating a special election
  • December 21, 2010: Senator George Runner (R17th) resigns after his election to the State Board of Equalization
  • January 4, 2011: Assemblyman Ted Gaines (R4th) wins the special election for the 1st Senate District seat to replace Cox and is sworn in on January 6
  • January 10, 2011: Mayor Gavin Newsom (DSan Francisco) is sworn in as Lieutenant Governor (and Senate President), replacing Abel Maldonado
  • February 15, 2011: Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R36th) wins the special election for the 17th Senate District seat to replace George Runner and is sworn in on February 18
  • February 15, 2011: Former Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D53rd) wins the special election for the 28th Senate District seat to replace Oropeza and is sworn in on February 18
  • May 3, 2011: Beth Gaines (RRoseville) wins the special election for the 4th Assembly District seat to replace Ted Gaines and is sworn in on May 12
  • September 1, 2012: Doug LaMalfa (R4th) resigned to run for Congress

Leadership changes[edit]

Party changes[edit]

  • March 28, 2012: Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R75th) leaves the Republican Party to become an independent


Composition of the California State Senate
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party


  25 Democrats - 62.5 %
  1 Vacancy - 2.5 %
  14 Republicans - 35 %
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 24 14 38 2
Begin 24 14 38 2
December 21, 2010 13 37 3
January 6, 2011 14 38 2
February 18, 2011 25 15 40 0
September 1, 2011 14 39 1
Latest voting share 62.5% 35%


Position Name Party District
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Democratic
President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg Democratic 6th–Sacramento
Majority leader Ellen Corbett Democratic 10th–San Leandro
Majority caucus chair Kevin de León Democratic 22nd–Los Angeles
Majority whip Vacant
Minority leader Bob Huff Republican 29th–Diamond Bar
Minority caucus chair Tom Harman Republican 35th–Huntington Beach
Minority whip Vacant
Secretary Greg Schmidt
Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard, Jr.

The Secretary and the Sergeant-at-Arms are not members of the Legislature.


District Name Party Residence Term-limited?
1 Ted Gaines Republican Roseville
2 Noreen Evans Democratic Santa Rosa
3 Mark Leno Democratic San Francisco
4 Doug LaMalfa Republican Richvale
5 Lois Wolk Democratic Davis
6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic Sacramento
7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic Concord
8 Leland Yee Democratic San Francisco
9 Loni Hancock Democratic Berkeley
10 Ellen Corbett Democratic San Leandro
11 Joe Simitian Democratic Palo Alto Yes
12 Anthony Cannella Republican Ceres
13 Elaine Alquist Democratic San Jose Yes
14 Tom Berryhill Republican Modesto
15 Sam Blakeslee Republican San Luis Obispo
16 Michael Rubio Democratic East Bakersfield
17 George Runner Republican Lancaster
Sharon Runner Republican Lancaster
18 Jean Fuller Republican Bakersfield
19 Tony Strickland Republican Moorpark
20 Alex Padilla Democratic Los Angeles
21 Carol Liu Democratic La Cañada Flintridge
22 Kevin de León Democratic Los Angeles
23 Fran Pavley Democratic Agoura Hills
24 Edward Hernández Democratic West Covina
25 Rod Wright Democratic Inglewood
26 Curren Price Democratic Inglewood
27 Alan Lowenthal Democratic Long Beach Yes
28 Ted Lieu Democratic Torrance
29 Bob Huff Republican Diamond Bar
30 Ronald Calderon Democratic Montebello
31 Robert Dutton Republican Rancho Cucamonga Yes
32 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic Chino
33 Mimi Walters Republican Laguna Niguel
34 Lou Correa Democratic Santa Ana
35 Tom Harman Republican Huntington Beach Yes
36 Joel Anderson Republican Alpine
37 Bill Emmerson Republican Hemet
38 Mark Wyland Republican Carlsbad
39 Christine Kehoe Democratic San Diego Yes
40 Juan Vargas Democratic San Diego


Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party


  52 Democrats - 65 %
  1 Independent - 1.25 %
  27 Republicans - 33.75 %
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Independent Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 50 1 27 78 2
Begin 52 0 28 80 0
January 6, 2011 27 79 1
May 12, 2011 28 80 0
March 28, 2012 1 27 80 0
Latest voting share 65.00% 1.25% 33.75%


Position Name Party District
Speaker John Pérez Democratic 46th–Los Angeles
Speaker pro tempore Nora Campos Democratic 23rd–San Jose
Assistant speaker pro tempore Fiona Ma Democratic 12th–San Francisco
Majority floor leader Toni Atkins Democratic 76th–San Diego
Assistant majority floor leader Michael Allen Democratic 7th–Santa Rosa
Majority caucus chair Jerry Hill Democratic 19th–San Mateo
Majority whip Roger Hernandez Democratic 57th–West Covina
Minority leader Connie Conway Republican 34th–Tulare
Assistant minority floor leader Curt Hagman Republican 60th–Chino Hills
Minority caucus chair Brian Jones Republican 77th–Santee
Assistant minority leader Steve Knight Republican 36th–Palmdale
Chief minority whips Dan Logue Republican 3rd–Linda
Kristin Olsen Republican 25th–Modesto
Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson
Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Pane

The Chief Clerk and the Sergeant-at-Arms are not members of the Legislature.


District Name Party Residence Term-limited?
1 Wesley Chesbro Democratic Arcata
2 Jim Nielsen Republican Gerber
3 Daniel Logue Republican Linda
4 Ted Gaines Republican Roseville Yes
Beth Gaines Republican Roseville
5 Richard Pan Democratic Sacramento
6 Jared Huffman Democratic San Rafael Yes
7 Michael Allen Democratic Santa Rosa
8 Mariko Yamada Democratic Davis
9 Roger Dickinson Democratic Sacramento
10 Alyson Huber Democratic El Dorado Hills
11 Susan Bonilla Democratic Concord
12 Fiona Ma Democratic San Francisco Yes
13 Tom Ammiano Democratic San Francisco
14 Nancy Skinner Democratic Berkeley
15 Joan Buchanan Democratic Alamo
16 Sandré Swanson Democratic Alameda Yes
17 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic Livingston Yes
18 Mary Hayashi Democratic Hayward Yes
19 Jerry Hill Democratic San Mateo
20 Bob Wieckowski Democratic Fremont
21 Rich Gordon Democratic Menlo Park
22 Paul Fong Democratic Cupertino
23 Nora Campos Democratic San Jose
24 Jim Beall Democratic San Jose Yes
25 Kristin Olsen Republican Modesto
26 Bill Berryhill Republican Ceres
27 Bill Monning Democratic Carmel
28 Luis Alejo Democratic Watsonville
29 Linda Halderman Republican Fresno
30 David Valadao Republican Hanford
31 Henry Perea Democratic Fresno
32 Shannon Grove Republican Bakersfield
33 Katcho Achadjian Republican Arroyo Grande
34 Connie Conway Republican Tulare
35 Das Williams Democratic Santa Barbara
36 Steve Knight Republican Palmdale
37 Jeff Gorell Republican Camarillo
38 Cameron Smyth Republican Santa Clarita
39 Felipe Fuentes Democratic Sylmar Yes
40 Bob Blumenfield Democratic Woodland Hills
41 Julia Brownley Democratic Santa Monica Yes
42 Mike Feuer Democratic Los Angeles Yes
43 Mike Gatto Democratic Los Angeles
44 Anthony Portantino Democratic La Cañada Flintridge Yes
45 Gil Cedillo Democratic Los Angeles Yes
46 John Pérez Democratic Los Angeles
47 Holly Mitchell Democratic Los Angeles
48 Mike Davis Democratic Los Angeles Yes
49 Mike Eng Democratic Monterey Park Yes
50 Ricardo Lara Democratic Bell Gardens
51 Steven Bradford Democratic Gardena
52 Isadore Hall, III Democratic Compton
53 Betsy Butler Democratic Marina del Rey
54 Bonnie Lowenthal Democratic Long Beach
55 Warren Furutani Democratic Long Beach
56 Tony Mendoza Democratic Artesia Yes
57 Roger Hernandez Democratic West Covina
58 Charles Calderon Democratic Whittier Yes
59 Tim Donnelly Republican Twin Peaks
60 Curt Hagman Republican Chino Hills
61 Norma Torres Democratic Pomona
62 Wilmer Carter Democratic Rialto
63 Mike Morrell Republican Rancho Cucamonga
64 Brian Nestande Republican Palm Desert
65 Paul Cook Republican Yucca Valley Yes
66 Kevin Jeffries Republican Lake Elsinore Yes
67 Jim Silva Republican Huntington Beach Yes
68 Allan Mansoor Republican Costa Mesa
69 Jose Solorio Democratic Santa Ana Yes
70 Don Wagner Republican Irvine
71 Jeff Miller Republican Corona
72 Chris Norby Republican Fullerton
73 Diane Harkey Republican Dana Point
74 Martin Garrick Republican Carlsbad Yes
75 Nathan Fletcher Republican San Diego
76 Toni Atkins Democratic San Diego
77 Brian Jones Republican Santee
78 Marty Block Democratic San Diego
79 Ben Hueso Democratic San Diego
80 V. Manuel Perez Democratic Coachella


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