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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
New session started
December 5, 2016
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
Brian Dahle (R)
Since September 16, 2017
Seats 80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups


  Democratic (53)


  Republican (25)
  Vacant (2)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, California Constitution
Salary $104,118/year + per diem
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 6, 2018
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
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
California State Assembly

Coordinates: 38°34′35″N 121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°W / 38.57639; -121.49333The 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 53 seats, one seat short of a supermajority of the chamber. Republicans control 25 seats. There are two vacant seats.


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 Brian Dahle (1stBieber).[2]

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.[3]


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.[citation needed]

Current session[edit]


Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
52 3 25
Democratic V Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 52 28 80 0
Begin 55 25 80 0
July 10, 2017[4] 54 79 1
November 27, 2017[5] 53 78 2
December 5, 2017[6] 54 79 1
December 8, 2017[7] 53 78 2
December 31, 2017[8] 52 77 3
Latest voting share 67.9% 32.1%


Position Name Party District
Speaker Anthony Rendon Democratic 63rd–Paramount
Speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin Democratic 22nd–South San Francisco
Assistant speaker pro tempore Laura Friedman Democratic 43rd–Glendale
Majority leader Ian Calderon Democratic 57th–Whittier
Assistant majority leader Rob Bonta Democratic 18th–Alameda
Majority whip Todd Gloria Democratic 78th–San Diego
Assistant majority whip Eloise Reyes Democratic 47th–Grand Terrace
Majority caucus chair Mike Gipson Democratic 64th–Carson
Minority leader Brian Dahle Republican 1st–Bieber
Deputy Republican leaders Frank Bigelow Republican 5th–O'Neals
Rocky Chávez Republican 76th–Oceanside
Assistant Republican leaders Phillip Chen Republican 55th–Diamond Bar
Heath Flora Republican 12th–Ripon
Chad Mayes Republican 42nd–Yucca Valley
Republican caucus chair Jay Obernolte Republican 33rd–Big Bear Lake
Republican floor leader Marie Waldron Republican 75th–Escondido
Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson
Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D
Chaplain Reverend Bob Oshita
Alternate Chaplain Reverend Patti Oshita

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

Seating chart[edit]

Patterson Fong Gallagher Maienschein Baker Dahle Calderon Gipson Rubio Holden Bonta Chu
Mayes Choi Lackey Cunningham Brough Waldron Ting Gray Limón Chiu Harper Mathis
Steinorth Kiley Chen Melendez Grayson Daly Caballero Vacant Bloom Burke Flora Obernolte
Nazarian McCarty Wood Cooley Low Chau Kalra Cooper Allen Vacant Santiago Quirk
E. Garcia Rodriguez Carrillo Gloria Muratsuchi O'Donnell Weber Quirk-Silva Bigelow Acosta C. Garcia Reyes
Gonzalez F. Medina Berman Levine Frazier Jones-Sawyer Aguiar-Curry Eggman Voepel Chávez Cervantes Irwin
Thurmond Friedman Salas Rendon Mullin Arambula Stone Vacant


Current committees include:[9]


  • 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 Communications and Conveyance
  • 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 Privacy and Consumer Protection
  • 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 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
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies

Recent sessions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Officers of the California State Assembly | Assembly Internet". Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Law section". Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  4. ^ Jimmy Gomez (D51st) resigned to assume a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
  5. ^ Raul Bocanegra (D39th) resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
  6. ^ Democrat Wendy Carrillo elected to replace Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-51).
  7. ^ Matt Dababneh (D45th) resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
  8. ^ Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D54th) resigned due to health issues.
  9. ^ "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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