List of Speakers of the California State Assembly

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For information on the Assembly, see California State Assembly. For a list of all members of the Assembly, see Members of the California State Legislature.

This is a list of Speakers of the California State Assembly. It does not number those individuals who serving abbreviated terms; nor those serving during an extraordinary session called by the Governor for a narrowly defined agenda.

Speaker Portrait District Party Term of service
1. Thomas J. White Sacramento unaffiliated 1 December 1849–February 1850
2. John Bigler John Bigler, 2nd Speaker (1850–1851) Sacramento Democratic February 1850–May 1851
3. Richard P. Hammond 7 Democratic January 1852–May 1852
4. Isaac B. Wall 6 Democratic January 1853–May 1853
5. Charles S. Fairfax 15 Democratic January 1854–May 1854
6. William W. Stow 3 Whig January 1855–May 1855
7. James T. Farley James Farley, 7th Speaker (1856) 19 American January 1856–April 1856
8. Elwood T. Beatty 19 Democratic January 1857–April 1857
9. Ninian E. Whiteside 15 Democratic January 1858–April 1858
10. William C. Stratton 17 Democratic January 1859–April 1859
11. Phillip Moore 16 Democratic January 1860–April 1860
12. R. Burnell 19 Douglas Democratic January 1861–May 1861
13. George Barstow 8 Republican January 1862–May 1862
14. Tim N. Machin National Union January 1863–April 1863
15. William H. Sears 21 National Union December 1863–April 1864
16. John Yule 20 National Union December 1865–April 1866
17. Caius T. Ryland 4 Democratic December 1867–March 1868
18. George H. Rogers 8 Democratic December 1869–April 1870
19. Thomas Bowles Shannon 8 Republican December 1871–April 1872
20. Morris M. Estee 8 Independent 2 December 1873–March 1874
21. Gideon J. Carpenter 23 Democratic December 1875–April 1876
22. Campbell Polson Berry Campbell Berry, 22nd Speaker (1877–1878) 25 Democratic December 1877–April 1878
23. Jabez F. Cowdery 13 Republican January 1880–April 1880
24. William H. Parks 25 Republican January 1881–May 1881
25. Hugh M. La Rue 18 Democratic January 1883–May 1884
William H. Parks 25 Republican January 1885–September 1886
26. William H. Jordan Republican January 1887–March 1887
27. Robert Howe 25 Democratic January 1889–March 1889
28. Frank Leslie Coombs Frank Leslie Coombs.jpg Republican January 1891–March 1891
29. Frank H. Gould Democratic January 1893–March 1893
30. John C. Lynch 8 Republican January 1895–March 1895
Frank Leslie Coombs Frank Leslie Coombs.jpg Republican January 1897–March 1897
31. Howard E. Wright Republican January 1899
32. Alden Anderson Alden Anderson.jpg Republican January 1899–February 1900
33. Cornelius W. Pendleton Republican January 1901–March 1901
34. Arthur G. Fisk Arthur Fisk, 34th Speaker (1903) Republican January 1903–March 1903
35. Frank C. Prescott Republican January 1905–June 1906
36. Robert L. Beardslee Sr. Republican January 1907–November 1907
37. Philip A. Stanton Republican January 1909–October 1910
38. Arthur Hathaway Hewitt Republican January 1911–December 1911
39. C. C. Young Republican, Progressive 3 January 1913–April 1917
40. Henry W. Wright Republican January 1919–April 1921
41. Frank F. Merriam Republican January 1923–October 1926
42. Edgar C. Levey Edgar Levey, 42nd Speaker (1927–1931) Republican January 1927–May 1931
43. Walter J. Little Republican January 1933–July 1933
44. Forsythe Charles Clowdsley Democratic September 1934 (extraordinary session)
45. Edward Craig Republican January 1935–May 1936
46. William Moseley Jones William Jones, 46th Speaker (1937–1938) Democratic January 1937–March 1938
47. Paul Peek Democratic January 1939–June 1939
48. Gordon Hickman Garland Gordon Garland, 48th Speaker (1940–1942) Democratic January 1940–January 1942
49. Charles W. Lyon Charles Lyon, 49th Speaker (1943–1946) 59 Republican January 1943–July 1946
50. Sam L. Collins 75 Republican January 1947–August 1952
51. James W. Silliman 34 Republican January 1953–April 1954
52. Luther H. Lincoln 15 Republican January 1955–April 1958
53. Ralph M. Brown 30 Democratic January 1959–September 1961
54. Jesse M. Unruh Jesse M. Unruh, 54th Speaker (1961–1969) 65 Democratic September 1961–January 1969
55. Robert T. Monagan 12 Republican January 1969–September 1970
56. Bob Moretti 42 Democratic January 1971–June 1974
57. Leo T. McCarthy Leo T. McCarthy, 57th Speaker (1974–1980) 19/184 Democratic June 1974–November 1980
58. Willie Brown Willie Brown, 58th Speaker (1980–1995) 17/135 Democratic December 2, 1980–June 5, 1995
59. Doris Allen 67 Republican 6 June 5, 1995–September 14, 1995
60. Brian Setencich 30 Republican 6 September 14, 1995–January 4, 1996
61. Curt Pringle 68 Republican January 4, 1996–November 30, 1996
62. Cruz M. Bustamante Cruz Bustamante, 62nd Speaker (1996–1998) 31 Democratic December 2, 1996–February 26, 1998
63. Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Villaraigosa portrait.jpg 45 Democratic February 26, 1998–April 13, 2000
64. Robert M. Hertzberg 40 Democratic April 13, 2000–February 6, 2002
65. Herb J. Wesson, Jr. Herb Wesson 2012.jpg 47 Democratic February 6, 2002–February 9, 2004
66. Fabian Núñez Fabian Núñez, 66th Speaker (2004–2008) 46 Democratic February 9, 2004–May 13, 2008
67. Karen Bass Karen Bass.jpg 47 Democratic May 13, 2008–March 1, 2010
68. John Pérez John Pérez 2011.jpg 46/537 Democratic March 1, 2010–May 12, 2014
69. Toni Atkins Atkins Headshot.jpg 78 Democratic May 12, 2014–present

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