California State Assembly

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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started
December 5, 2016
Leadership
Anthony Rendon (D)
Since March 7, 2016
Speaker pro Tempore
Kevin Mullin (D)
Since December 1, 2014
Majority Leader
Ian Calderon (D)
Since March 10, 2016
Minority Leader
Chad Mayes (R)
Since January 4, 2016
Structure
Seats 80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
  Democratic (55)
  Republican (25)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, California Constitution
Salary $104,118/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 6, 2018
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Motto
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California Assembly chamber.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California
Website
California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. It consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the State Assembly has the largest population-per-representative ratio of any state lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States after the federal House of Representatives. As a result of Proposition 140 in 1990 and Proposition 28 in 2012, members elected to the legislature prior to 2012 are restricted by term limits to three two-year terms (six years), while those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years in the legislature in any combination of four-year state senate or two-year state assembly terms.[1]

Members of the assembly are generally referred to using the titles assemblyman (for men), assemblywoman (for women), or assemblymember (for all genders).

The State Assembly convenes at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

In the current session, the Democrats control 55 seats, forming a supermajority of the chamber. Republicans control 25 seats.

Leadership[edit]

The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full assembly. Other leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

The current Speaker is Democrat Anthony Rendon (63rdParamount). The majority leader is Democrat Ian Calderon (57thWhittier), while the minority leader is Republican Chad Mayes (42ndYucca Valley).

Meeting chamber[edit]

The chamber's green tones are based on the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The dais rests along a wall shaped like an "E", with its central projection housing the rostrum. Along the cornice appears a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a Latin quotation: legislatorum est justas leges condere ("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws"). Almost every decorating element is identical to the Senate Chamber.

Candidate qualifications[edit]

To run for the Assembly, a candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter in the district at the time nomination papers are issued and may not have served three terms in the State Assembly since November 6, 1990. According to Article 4, Section 2(c) of the California Constitution, the candidate must have one year of residency in the legislative district and California residency for three years.

Employees[edit]

The Chief Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplain are not members of the Legislature. The Sergeant-at-Arms protects the members of the California State Assembly. This position has existed since December 15, 1849, when Samuel N. Houston became the Assembly's first Sergeant-at-Arms.

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
Midpoint
55 25
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 52 28 80 0
Begin 55 25 80 0
Latest voting share 68.8% 31.3%

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party District
Speaker Anthony Rendon Democratic 63rd–Paramount
Speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin Democratic 22nd–South San Francisco
Assistant speaker pro tempore Autumn Burke Democratic 62nd–Marina del Rey
Majority floor leader Ian Calderon Democratic 57th–Whittier
Assistant majority floor leader Jim Cooper Democratic 9th–Elk Grove
Majority whip Miguel Santiago Democratic 53rd–Los Angeles
Democratic whip Democratic
Assistant majority whip Evan Low Democratic 28th–Campbell
Majority caucus chair Mike Gipson Democratic 64th–Carson
Minority leader Chad Mayes Republican 42nd–Yucca Valley
Assistant minority leaders Frank Bigelow Republican 5th–O'Neals
Melissa Melendez Republican 67th–Lake Elsinore
Jim Patterson Republican 23rd–Fresno
Minority floor leader Marie Waldron Republican 75th–Escondido
Deputy minority floor leader Bill Brough Republican 73rd–Dana Point
Chief minority whip James Gallagher Republican 3rd–Nicolaus
Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson
Acting Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Rich Desmond
Chaplain Reverend Bob Oshita
Alternate Chaplain Reverend Patti Oshita

The Chief Clerk, the Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplains are not members of the Legislature.

Seating chart[edit]

Speaker
Rendon
Patterson Gallagher Mayes Calderon Gipson Holden Chu
Dahle Steinorth Maienschein Brough Waldron Ting Gray Mullin Chiu Harper Mathis
Lackey Baker McCarty Daly Weber Gonzalez Bloom Ridley-Thomas Chávez
Obernolte Wood Cooley Levine Chau Allen Dababneh Quirk
Santiago Nazarian Burke Bonta Gomez Low Bigelow C. Garcia
Eggman Salas Thurmond Frazier Jones-Sawyer Melendez Irwin
Medina Rodriguez E. Garcia Rendon Arambula O'Donnell Stone Cooper

Committees[edit]

Current committees include:[2]

Standing[edit]

  • Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative review
  • Assembly Committee on Aging And Long-Term Care
  • Assembly Committee on Agriculture
  • Assembly Committee on Appropriations
  • Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
  • Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance
  • Assembly Committee on Budget
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversight and Program Evaluation
  • Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
  • Assembly Committee on Education
  • Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting
  • Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
  • Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization
  • Assembly Committee on Health
  • Assembly Committee on Higher Education
  • Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development
  • Assembly Committee on Human Services
  • Assembly Committee on Insurance
  • Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
  • Assembly Committee on Judiciary
  • Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment
  • Assembly Committee on Local Government
  • Assembly Committee on Natural Resources
  • Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
  • Assembly Committee on Public Safety
  • Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation
  • Assembly Committee on Rules
  • Assembly Committee on Transportation
  • Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
  • Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife

Joint[edit]

  • Joint Committee on Arts
  • Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation and Classification
  • Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Audit
  • Joint Committee on Rules
  • Joint Legislative Budget
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management

Recent sessions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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