California's 21st State Assembly district

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California's 21st State Assembly district
Map of the district
Current assemblymember
  Adam Gray
DMerced
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
 • Citizen voting age
461,301[1]
318,196[1]
236,734[1]
Demographics
Registered voters178,372
Registration45.31% Democratic
31.04% Republican
18.98% No party preference

California's 21st State Assembly district is one of 80 California State Assembly districts. It is currently represented by Democrat Adam Gray of Merced.

District profile[edit]

The district is located in the heart of the Central Valley, sandwiched between Modesto and Fresno. The district is primarily rural and agricultural.

Election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Results
2020 President[2] Biden 55.3 – 42.3%
2018 Governor[3] Newsom 54.6 – 45.4%
Senator[4] De Leon 54.3 – 45.7%
2016 President Clinton 54.6 – 35.9%
Senator Harris 51.0 – 49.0%
2014 Governor Brown 53.6 – 46.4%
2012 President Obama 55.6 – 42.0%
Senator Feinstein 57.2 – 42.8%

List of Assembly Members[edit]

Due to redistricting, the 21st district has been moved around different parts of the state. The current iteration resulted from the 2011 redistricting by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Assembly Members Party Years Served Counties Represented Notes
C. B. Culver Republican January 5, 1885 - January 3, 1887 Yolo
Levi B. Adams Democratic January 3, 1887 - January 5, 1891
Reese Clark Republican January 5, 1891 - January 5, 1893
H. C. Chipman January 5, 1893 - January 7, 1895 Sacramento
L. T. Hatfield January 7, 1895 - January 4, 1897
Scott F. Ennis January 4, 1897 - January 2, 1899
William D. Knights January 2, 1899 - January 1, 1901
Louis F. Reeber Democratic January 1, 1901 - January 5, 1903
Stephen H. Olmsted Republican January 5, 1903 - January 7, 1907 Marin
Edward I. Butler January 7, 1907 - January 2, 1911
George H. Harlan January 2, 1911 - January 6, 1913
Walter A. McDonald January 6, 1913 - January 4, 1915 San Francisco
Prohibition January 4, 1915 - January 8, 1917
Frederick C. Hawes Republican January 8, 1917 - January 5, 1931
Frank Lee Crist January 5, 1931 - January 2, 1933 Santa Clara
Joseph P. Gilmore January 2, 1933 - January 4, 1937 San Francisco
Joseph Francis Sheehan Democratic January 4, 1937 - January 2, 1939
Joseph P. Gilmore Republican January 2, 1939 - January 6, 1941
John D. Welch Democratic January 6, 1941 - January 4, 1943
Albert C. Wollenberg Republican January 4, 1943 - September 19, 1947 Resigned from State Assembly.[5]
Arthur H. Connolly Jr. November 24, 1947 - January 5, 1953 Won special election to fill the vacant seat left by Wollenberg. He was sworn in on November 24, 1947.[6]
Caspar Weinberger January 5, 1953 - January 5, 1959
Milton Marks January 5, 1959 - October 25, 1966
Gordon W. Duffy January 2, 1967 - November 30, 1974 Kings, Tulare
Victor Calvo Democratic December 2, 1974 - November 30, 1980 San Mateo, Santa Clara
Byron Sher December 1, 1980 - March 28, 1996 Resigned from the Assembly to take Oath of office in the State Senate for the 11th district after winning a special election.[7]
Ted Lempert December 2, 1996 – November 30, 2000
Joe Simitian December 4, 2000 – November 30, 2004
Ira Ruskin December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2010
Rich Gordon December 6, 2010 - November 30, 2012
Adam Gray December 3, 2012 - Present Merced, Stanislaus

Election results 1992 - present[edit]

2020[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2020
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 54,987 99.0%
Republican Joel Gutierrez Campos (write in) 300 0.5%
Republican Guadalupe Salazar (write in) 256 0.5%
Total votes 55,543 100.0%
General election
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 93,816 59.6%
Republican Joel Gutierrez Campos 63,514 40.4%
Total votes 157,330 100.0%

2018[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 43,023 99.9
Libertarian Justin Ryan Quigley (write-in) 49 0.1
Total votes 43,072 100.0
General election
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 74,320 71.3
Libertarian Justin Ryan Quigley 29,855 28.7
Total votes 104,175 100.0
Democratic hold


2016[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 43,874 66.8
Republican Greg Opinski 21,754 33.1
Republican Brien J. Rahilly (write-in) 36 0.1
Total votes 65,664 100.0
General election
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 85,990 69.8
Republican Greg Opinski 37,230 30.2
Total votes 123,220 100.0
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 26,015 95.3
Republican Jack Mobley (write-in) 1,286 4.7
Total votes 27,301 100.0
General election
Democratic Adam Gray (incumbent) 34,931 53.4
Republican Jack Mobley 30,499 46.6
Total votes 65,430 100.0
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Mobley 20,148 45.4
Democratic Adam Gray 14,391 32.4
Democratic Lesa Rasmussen 4,305 9.7
Democratic Tommy Jones 4,055 9.1
Democratic Robert R. Sellers 1,452 3.3
Total votes 44,351 100.0
General election
Democratic Adam Gray 63,349 58.2
Republican Jack Mobley 45,534 41.8
Total votes 108,883 100.0
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

2010 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rich Gordon 89,927 60.1
Republican Greg Conlon 52,809 35.3
Libertarian Ray M. Bell, Jr. 6,295 4.6
Total votes 149,031 100.0
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

2008 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ira Ruskin (incumbent) 133,856 70.93
Republican Annalisa Marie Temple 54,849 29.07
Total votes 188,705 100.00
Turnout   75.26
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

2006 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ira Ruskin (incumbent) 95,104 67.77
Republican Virginia Kiraly 45,314 32.23
Total votes 140,418 100.00
Turnout   64.06
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

2004 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ira Ruskin 98,002 51.55
Republican Steve Poizner 92,118 48.45
Total votes 190,120 100.00
Democratic hold

2002[edit]

2002 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Simitian (incumbent) 71,110 60.53
Republican James A. Russell 42,164 35.89
Libertarian Raymond M. Bell, Jr. 4,210 3.58
Invalid or blank votes 6,201 5.01
Total votes 123,685 100.00
Democratic hold

2000[edit]

2000 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Simitian 82,466 54.89
Republican Deborah E. G. Wilder 53,140 35.37
Green Gloria Purcell 14,641 9.74
Invalid or blank votes 6,295 4.02
Total votes 156,542 100.00
Democratic hold

1998[edit]

1998 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ted Lempert (incumbent) 89,221 70.08
Republican Laverne F. Atherly 35,053 27.53
Natural Law Marilyn M. Bryant 3,036 2.38
Invalid or blank votes 10,995 7.95
Total votes 138,305 100.00
Democratic hold

1996[edit]

1996 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ted Lempert (incumbent) 92,950 60.84
Republican Theodore A. Laliotis 52,855 34.59
Natural Law Ron Whitehurst 3,864 2.53
Libertarian Christopher R. Inama 3,115 2.04
Invalid or blank votes 12,320 7.46
Total votes 165,104 100.00
Democratic hold

1994[edit]

1994 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Byron D. Sher (incumbent) 79,188 62.64
Republican Bill Mills 47,219 37.35
No party Ronald Paul Whitehurst (write-in) 3 0.00
Invalid or blank votes 20,765 14.11
Total votes 147,175 100.00
Democratic hold

1992[edit]

1992 California State Assembly election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Byron Sher (incumbent) 105,327 63.18
Republican Janice "Jan" LeFetra 55,497 33.29
Libertarian Lyn Sapowsky-Smith 5,887 3.53
Invalid or blank votes 18,028 9.76
Total votes 184,739 100.00
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Citizens Redistricting Commission Final Report, 2011" (PDF).
  2. ^ https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2020-general/ssov/pres-by-assembly.pdf
  3. ^ https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2018-general/ssov/governor-assembly.pdf
  4. ^ https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2018-general/ssov/us-senate-by-assembly.pdf
  5. ^ "Albert Wollenberg". joincalifornia.com.
  6. ^ "Arthur Connolly Oath of Office" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.
  7. ^ "Byron Sher Resignation letter" (PDF). clerk.assembly.ca.gov.

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