President pro tempore of the California State Senate

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The President pro tempore of the California State Senate is the highest-ranking leader and most powerful member of the Senate. He or she also chairs the Senate Rules Committee. At the beginning of each two-year session, all Senators elect a new President pro tempore.[1]

Dates of Office President Pro Tem Political Party Pro Tem Number
1849 E. Kirby Chamberlain Democrat 1
1851 Elcan Heydenfeldt Whig 2
1852-1854 Benjamin F. Keene Democrat 3
1855 Royal T. Sprague Democrat 4
1856 Delos R. Ashley American 5
1857 Samuel H. Dosh Democrat 6
1858 Samuel Augustus Merritt Democrat 7
1859 W. B. Dickinson Democrat 8
1860 Isaac N. Quinn Democrat 9
1860 Charles J. Lansing[2] Democrat 10
1861 Richard Irwin Douglass Democrat 11
1862 James McMillan Shafter Republican 12
1863 A. M. Crane Union 13
1864 Ransome Burnell Union 14
1866 S. P. Wright Union 15
1868 Lansing B. Mizner Union 16
1870 Edward J. Lewis Democrat 17
1872 James T. Farley Democrat 18
1874 William Irwin Democrat 19
1876 Benjamin F. Tuttle Democrat 20
1878 Edward J. Lewis Democrat 21
1880 George F. Baker Republican 22
1881 William Johnston Republican 23
1883 Reginald F. Del Valle Democrat 24
1885 Benjamin Knight, Jr. Democrat 25
1887-1889 Stephen M. White Democrat 26
1891 Thomas Fraser Republican 27
1893 R. B. Carpenter Republican 28
1895-1903 Thomas Flint, Jr. Republican 29
1905 - 1909 Edward I. Wolfe Republican 30
1911 - 1913 A. E. Boynton Republican 31
1915 N. W. Thompson Republican 32
1917 - 1933 Arthur H. Breed Republican 33
1935 - 1939 William P. Rich Republican 34
1939 Jerrold L. Seawell Republican 35
1941 William P. Rich Republican 36
1943-1945 Jerrold L. Seawell Republican 37
1947 - 1953 Harold J. Powers Republican 38
1954-1955 Clarence C. Ward Republican 39
1955 - 1956 Ben Hulse Republican 40
1957 - 1969 Hugh M. Burns Democrat 41
May 14, 1969 - February 10, 1970 Howard Way Republican 42
February 10, 1970 - November 30, 1970 Jack Schrade Republican 43
November 30, 1970 - November 30, 1980 James R. Mills Democrat 44
November 30, 1981 - January 31, 1994 David Roberti Democrat 45
January 31, 1994 - February 5, 1998 Bill Lockyer Democrat 46
February 5, 1998 - November 30, 2004 John L. Burton Democrat 47
November 30, 2004 - August 21, 2008 Don Perata Democrat 48
August 21, 2008 - October 15, 2014 Darrell Steinberg Democrat 49
October 15, 2014 - Present Kevin de León Democrat 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glossary of Legislative Terms". California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Charles J. Lansing". JoinCalifornia Election Archive. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 

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