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 3, 2012|
Speaker pro Tempore
|Democratic Party (55)
Republican Party (25)
Length of term
|Authority||Article 4, California Constitution|
|Salary||$90,526/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2012|
|November 4, 2014|
|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 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.
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 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.
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.
Currently, Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||52||1||27||80||0|
|March 21, 2013||54||79||1|
|May 16, 2013||53||78||2|
|May 28, 2013||54||79||1|
|July 1, 2013||53||78||2|
|September 26, 2013||52||77||3|
|October 11, 2013||53||78||2|
|December 5, 2013||54||79||1|
|January 6, 2014||55||80||0|
|April 4, 2014||24||79||1|
|Latest voting share||69.6%||0%||30.4%|
|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|
|Chief Clerk||E. Dotson Wilson|
|Chaplain||Father Constantine Papademos|
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 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
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- "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- Democrat Ben Hueso (District 80) resigned when he was sworn into the State Senate.
- Democrat Norma Torres (District 52) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
- Democrat Lorena Gonzalez sworn into office for District 80 after winning a special election.
- Democrat Bob Blumenfield (District 45) resigned when he was sworn into the Los Angeles City Council.
- Democrat Holly Mitchell (District 54) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
- Democrat Freddie Rodriguez sworn into office for District 52 after winning a special election.
- Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas sworn into office for District 54 after winning a special election.
- Democrat Matt Dababneh sworn into office for District 45 after winning a special election.
- Republican Mike Morrell (District 40) resigned when he was sworn into the State Senate.
- "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
- Official website of the California State Assembly
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