|Member of the California State Senate
from the 34th district
December 4, 2006
|Preceded by||Joe Dunn|
|Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st District
December 6, 2004 – December 4, 2006
|Preceded by||Charles V. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Janet Nguyen|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 69th district
December 7, 1998 – December 6, 2004
|Preceded by||Jim Morrissey|
|Succeeded by||Tom Umberg|
January 24, 1958 |
|Residence||Santa Ana, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Fullerton
Real Estate Broker
Jose Luis Correa (born January 24, 1958 in Anaheim, California) is a California Democratic Party Legislator. He is serving his second term as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 34th Senate District. The district includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
He is a resident of Santa Ana, where he lives with his wife and four children. One of his children is Andreas Correa.
Before entering politics, Correa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California State University, Fullerton as well as a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was an investment banker, a real estate broker, and a college instructor.
Correa's political career began in 1996 when he ran for the California State Assembly as the Democratic nominee in the 69th Assembly District. In a very close race, he lost to Republican incumbent Jim Morrissey by just 93 votes. In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly when he defeated Morrissey 54% to 43%.
While a member of the Assembly, Correa served on several committees and was the chair of the Committee on Business and Professions, the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee; the Select Committee on Mobile Homes; and the Select Committee on MCAS El Toro Reuse.
Correa was re-elected to the Assembly twice but was forced from office by California's term limits law, which restricts members from serving more than three two-year terms.
In 2004, he campaigned for and was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, becoming the first Democrat to serve on the board since 1987. He represented the First District, which includes the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster as well as unincorporated areas of the county including Midway City.
In January 2006, Correa entered the race for the Democratic Party nomination for the California State Senate 34th District, a seat vacated by termed out Democratic State Senator Joe Dunn.
After defeating Assemblyman Tom Umberg in the contested June primary, Correa faced off against Republican Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher in the November general election. In yet another close race, Correa won the election with a margin of victory of 1,392 votes.
Correa was sworn into the California State Senate on December 4, 2006.
In 2010, Correa was easily reelected against Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille Kring.
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|California State Assemblyman
Charles V. Smith
|Orange County Supervisor
|California State Senator