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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
New session started
December 3, 2012
Toni Atkins (D)
since May 12, 2014
Speaker pro Tempore
Nora Campos (D)
since August 10, 2012
Majority Leader
V. Manuel Perez (D)
since May 12, 2014
Minority Leader
Connie Conway (R)
since December 6, 2010
Seats 80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
Democratic Party (55)
Republican Party (25)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, California Constitution
Salary $90,526/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2012
Next election
November 4, 2014
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California Assembly chamber.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California
California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. It consists of eighty 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 twelve years in the legislature in any combination of four-year state senate or two-year state assembly terms.[1]

The State Assembly convenes at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.


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 current Speaker is Democrat Toni Atkins (78thSan Diego). The majority leader is Democrat V. Manuel Perez (56thCoachella), while the minority leader is Republican Connie Conway (34thTulare).

Meeting chamber[edit]

The chamber's green tones are based on the British House of Commons. 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.

Candidate qualifications[edit]

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, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplain are not members of the Legislature. The Sergeant-at-Arms protects the members of the California State Assembly. This position has existed since December 15, 1849, when Samuel N. Houston became the Assembly's first Sergeant-at-Arms.

Current session[edit]


Currently, Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.

Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
55 1 24
Democratic V Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Independent Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 52 1 27 80 0
Begin 55 0 25 80 0
March 21, 2013[2] 54 79 1
May 16, 2013[3] 53 78 2
May 28, 2013[4] 54 79 1
July 1, 2013[5] 53 78 2
September 26, 2013[6] 52 77 3
October 11, 2013[7] 53 78 2
December 5, 2013[8] 54 79 1
January 6, 2014[9] 55 80 0
April 4, 2014[10] 24 79 1
Latest voting share 69.6% 0% 30.4%


Position Name Party District
  Speaker Toni Atkins Democratic 78th–San Diego
  Speaker pro tempore Nora Campos Democratic 27th–San Jose
  Assistant speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin Democratic 22nd–South San Francisco
  Majority floor leader V. Manuel Perez Democratic 56th–Coachella
  Assistant majority floor leader Chris Holden Democratic 41st–Pasadena
  Majority whip Jimmy Gomez Democratic 51st–Echo Park
  Assistant majority whips Matt Dababneh Democratic 45th–Encino
  Cristina Garcia Democratic 58th–Bell Gardens
  Majority caucus chair Phil Ting Democratic 19th–San Francisco
  Speaker emeritus John Pérez Democratic 53rd–Los Angeles
  Minority leader Connie Conway Republican 26th–Tulare
  Assistant minority floor leader Curt Hagman Republican 55th–Chino Hills
  Minority caucus chair Brian Jones Republican 71st–Santee
  Deputy minority floor leader Don Wagner Republican 68th–Irvine
  Chief minority whip Dan Logue Republican 3rd–Marysville
  Republican whips Brian Maienschein Republican 77th–San Diego
  Marie Waldron Republican 75th–Escondido
Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson
Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Pane
Chaplain Father Constantine Papademos

Seating chart[edit]

Hall Bonta Linder Nestande Wilk Conway V. M. Perez Bloom Bocanegra Ridley-Thomas Pan Williams
Chavez Dahle Waldron Logue Maienschein Hagman Ting Nazarian Mullin Campos Medina Garcia
Donnelly Vacancy Brown Yamada Gordon Daly Holden Fox Bonilla Rodriguez Wagner Grove
Bigelow Mansoor Fong Quirk Buchanan Chau Rendon Levine Allen Harkey Dababneh Cooley
Gonzalez Weber Eggman Alejo Jones Stone Gatto Hernandez Gaines Gorell Jones-Sawyer Lowenthal
Gomez Calderon Chesbro Muratsuchi Olsen Patterson Bradford Salas Achadjian Melendez Wieckowski Ammiano
Frazier Dickinson Gray J. Pérez Atkins Perea Skinner Quirk-Silva


Current committees include:[11]


  • 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 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 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

Recent sessions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Democrat Ben Hueso (District 80) resigned when he was sworn into the State Senate.
  3. ^ Democrat Norma Torres (District 52) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
  4. ^ Democrat Lorena Gonzalez sworn into office for District 80 after winning a special election.
  5. ^ Democrat Bob Blumenfield (District 45) resigned when he was sworn into the Los Angeles City Council.
  6. ^ Democrat Holly Mitchell (District 54) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
  7. ^ Democrat Freddie Rodriguez sworn into office for District 52 after winning a special election.
  8. ^ Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas sworn into office for District 54 after winning a special election.
  9. ^ Democrat Matt Dababneh sworn into office for District 45 after winning a special election.
  10. ^ Republican Mike Morrell (District 40) resigned when he was sworn into the State Senate.
  11. ^ "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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