Talk:California State Senate

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I'm in the process of creating a historical list of California State senators so that it will fit nicely in one area:

Here is my current progress on creating a historical table of former California State Senators:

**DISCLAIMER**
I have been checking my information agaisnt (http://www.joincalifornia.com/election/) and it seems that I forgot to take into account that odd and even seats on the senate are elected at different times and this may cause this information to be incorrect. unsigned comment by User:cmdrbond
I just counterchecked all of this against http://vote96.ss.ca.gov, http://vote98.ss.ca.gov, http://vote2000.ss.ca.gov, http://vote2002.ss.ca.gov, and http://vote2004.ss.ca.gov. This is now all correct. (I also checked http://www.joincalifornia.com/election/ for the winners of the 1994 elections.) This is now correct from 1997-2006. OCNative 00:38, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Table is now at Members of the California State Legislature.OCNative 07:48, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Great idea, thanks! Since it will be bulky, please put on a separate page, similar to the Congressional Delegation from California is on a separate page: United States Congressional Delegations from CaliforniaDananderson 00:53, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

CA Senate v. U.S. House[edit]

Am I correct in assuming that the size of a CA State Senate district is larger than the size of a district for CA's Representatives in the U.S. House? Is it generally considered to be "harder" to become a State Senator than member of the U.S. House or vice versa? If so, these might be worthy of mention in the article. --Tim4christ17 talk 01:59, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes you are correct, however, it's not enough of a difference to definitively say it's harder to win. Especially with both House seats and Senate seats gerrymandered the way they are. KilgoreTrout 21:16, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
Besides gerrymandering one needs to know that even though CA Senate districts are larger and have a greater population then U.S. House Districts in CA, CA Senators have term limits of 2 four year terms, hence a Senate Seat will be open (i.e. no incumbent is running) at most every eight years. Due to this lack of incumbency advantage I would say it is still eaiser to become a CA Senator then it is to be a U.S. Representative from California (which has no term limits). GreatGreg 19:25, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Reading this, I find that the article doesn't answer an important question: how and by whom are the senators elected? Are they elected by a popular vote or indirectly? Woodwalker (talk) 10:02, 9 February 2010 (UTC)