Tim Donnelly (politician)

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Tim Donnelly
Tim Donnelly.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 33rd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Katcho Achadjian
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 59th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Anthony Adams
Succeeded by Reggie Jones-Sawyer
Personal details
Born (1966-05-09) May 9, 1966 (age 47)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rowena Donnelly
Alma mater University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of California, Irvine
Religion Christianity

Timothy Michael "Tim" Donnelly (born May 9, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Republican[1] member of the California State Assembly, representing the 33rd district. Before his election to the Assembly in November 2010, Donnelly was a small businessman. He resides in Twin Peaks, California.[2] On January 22, 2013, Donnelly announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of California in the 2014 election.[3]


Tim Donnelly was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the third of 14 children. He graduated from Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Michigan. Donnelly attended the University of Michigan but dropped out after one year.[4] He earned a BA from the University of California, Irvine in 1989. After college he worked in a family business. Five years later, Donnelly started his own company.[5]

Donnelly is married to Rowena, who is of Filipino descent and they have five children.

Political career[edit]

In 2005, Donnelly became involved with the Minuteman movement,[4][6] and founded the Minuteman Party in California. He stepped down from the Minutemen to return to private life in 2006.[4] In 2009, following the announcement that embattled 59th District Assemblyman Anthony Adams would not seek re-election, Donnelly announced his candidacy. Appealing to Tea Party voters, he ran in the 2010 semi-closed primary election,[7] and won the Republican nomination. He won the general election on November 2, 2010, with 57.3% of the vote, to the Democratic Party nominee's 36.8%.[8]

On March 21, 2011, Donnelly went from Sacramento to Fresno to call for the resignation of California State University, Fresno student body president Pedro Ramirez during a hearing of the school's student senate committee. Ramirez is an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was on the school's dean's list. He "was injured in a car crash in January 2011" while "driving an intoxicated friend home when he crashed into a tree." Though Ramirez had been sober, "He was investigated for driving without a license" — which is "...a misdemeanor (12500(a) CVC) for which he will likely end up paying a small fine." (Illegal immigrants are not permitted to hold driver's licenses.) Donnelly was subsequently "...heckled..." by the audience of the student body.[9]

On September 28, 2012, Donnelly spoke at a bi-partisan Medical Freedom Rally with actor and democrat Rob Schneider urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB2109. AB2109 was a controversial bill that added new barriers for parents who utilize philosophical exemptions for mandatory childhood vaccines. While the bill was not vetoed, Governor Brown did add a signing message instructing the Department of Health to add a religious exemption and to make sure the process is not overly burdensome to parents.[10][11][12][13]

Donnelly called for an audit of California's Child Protective Services along with Assemblyman Mike Gatto, following the case of Sammy Nikolayev, who was removed from his parents' home after his parents wanted a second opinion regarding medical treatment.[14] The Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted unanimously to audit CPS in three counties in the state of California on June 5th.[15]

Donnelly received an endorsement for governor from Hollywood actor Rob Schneider.[16]


  • Tim was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010
  • Tim Donnelly recently decided to run for Governor in 2014

TSA incident[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Donnelly had a loaded Colt handgun while attempting to board an airplane. TSA security screeners discovered the gun in his carry-on luggage.[17][18][19][20]

According to the Sacramento Bee, "Donnelly said only that he felt enough information about the concealed weapons permit issue had been released or published already. Asked if that meant that he did not have such a permit, Donnelly deflected the question."[21] Further, the Sacramento Bee cites that "...both Sacramento's police and sheriff's departments said Thursday that they have not issued [Tim Donnelly] a concealed weapons permit [and] Assembly officials said they have not issued Donnelly a permit to carry a gun in the Capitol."[21]

Donnelly agreed to a plea bargain, one count of carrying a loaded firearm into a city without a concealed weapons permit, and one count of possession of a prohibited item in a sterile area, and was sentenced to three years of probation, a $2,215 fine, and Donnelly is prohibited from using, owning or possessing any firearm that is not registered to him.[22]

Television appearances[edit]

On June 21, 2007, Donnelly appeared on The Colbert Report.[23] In a satirical segment entitled Difference Makers, Donnelly and his Minutemen group were videotaped building a small fence along the United States border with Mexico.

On December 5, 2011, Tim Donnelly was interviewed by John Oliver, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in an appearance where he discussed California's budget shortfalls along with John L. Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party regarding direct democracy in California.[24]


  1. ^ Asimov, Nanette (7 January 2011). "Assembly bill caps public worker pensions". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Brown holds budget summit in Sacramento". The Orange County Register. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.facebook.com/tim.donnelly.12 Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Biography". Retrieved nd. 
  5. ^ "Tim Donnelly Biography". Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  6. ^ McNary, Sharon (16 September 2005). "Border friends, foes to face off". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Gang, Duane W. (20 May 2010). "Ten candidates on ballot for 59th Assembly District". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "2010 General Election Statement of Vote: State Assemblymember". Secretary of State of California. 6 January 2011. p. 84. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tim Donnelly's Revolution". LA Weekly. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Video of Donnelly speaking at the rally,[1]
  11. ^ Video of Donnelly and Rob Schneider chatting before the rally. [2]
  12. ^ AB2109 signing message from Governor Jerry Brown. retrieved from [3]
  13. ^ Massimino, M. (2012, September 28)"AM Alert: Rob Schneider, Tim Donnelly Team Up On Vaccinations".The Sacramento BEE. [4]
  14. ^ Assemblyman Tim Donnelly says CPS should be audited after handling of Nikolayev family case | news10.net
  15. ^ Sammy Nikolayev CPS case triggers statewide audit | news10.net
  16. ^ Chumley, Cheryl (1 October 2013). "Hollywood star Rob Schneider turns Republican, citing Democratic ‘disaster’". Washington Times. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lawmaker Tries To Bring Loaded Gun On Plane To Sac". kcra. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Assemblyman says he mistakenly brought gun to flight". Los Angeles Times. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Calif. lawmaker cited after agents find loaded gun in carry-on bag before flight". Washington Post. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Tim Donnelly apparently has no permit to carry loaded gun". Sacramento Bee. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "State lawmaker ducks question on concealed weapon permit". sacbee. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "S.B. COUNTY: Donnelly pleads no contest, gets probation, fine for airport gun". The Press-Enterprise. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  23. ^ Difference Makers, Comedy Central, 21 June 2007, retrieved 19 December 2011 
  24. ^ "'Daily Show' skewers Tim Donnelly, California ballot rules". Pasadena Star-News. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 

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