Chris Holden

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Chris Holden
Chris Holden, California State Assembly (2012).jpg
Majority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
December 1, 2014 – March 10, 2016
Preceded by V. Manuel Perez
Succeeded by Ian Calderon
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Anthony Portantino (redistricted)
53rd Mayor of Pasadena
In office
May 1997 – May 1999
Preceded by Bill Paparian
Succeeded by Bill Bogaard
Personal details
Born (1960-07-19) July 19, 1960 (age 56)
Pasadena, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melanie Holden

Christopher Holden (born July 19, 1960) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly since 2012. He is a Democrat representing the 41st district, in its new location encompassing the northern San Gabriel Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.[1] He was appointed Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Assembly in 2014. He is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus.[2] Holden is the son of Los Angeles politician Nate Holden.


Prior to being elected to the state assembly, Holden was a Pasadena city council member, and a former mayor of the city, serving from 1997 to 1999.[3] He is the second longest-serving city councilmember in the city's history, having served since 1989.

Holden is an alumnus of Pasadena High School and San Diego State University. He first ran for seat 3 of the Pasadena City Council in 1985, but lost narrowly to incumbent Loretta Thompson-Glickman. He was elected four years later, and was appointed Mayor in 1997. During his term, the City charter was revised to allow for open election of the mayor. However, in the first citywide mayoral election, Holden was defeated by former Councilmember and former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

Electoral history[edit]

Pasadena General Election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bogaard 11,576 60
Democratic Chris Holden (incumbent) 7,760 40
Total votes 19,336 100.0
Voter turnout  %


California's 41st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Holden (incumbent) 35,296 98.1
Republican Nathaniel Tsai (write-in) 394 1.1
Republican Samuel S. Forsen (write-in) 120 0.3
Libertarian Ted Brown (write-in) 84 0.2
Republican Linda Hazelton (write-in) 83 0.2
Total votes 35,977 100.0
General election
Democratic Chris Holden (incumbent) 62,810 59.3
Republican Nathaniel Tsai 43,126 40.7
Total votes 105,936 100.0
Democratic hold

In 2014, Holden was reelected to the Assembly with 59% of the vote. Nathaniel Tsai,[4] the 18-year-old challenger to Holden, finished with 41% of the vote. [5]


In his first term, Holden introduced legislation to require California schools to teach about the significance of the Barack Obama presidency.[6] He introduced legislation to tackle the problem of grease thievery at restaurants.[7] He also introduced legislation to study and foster economic development and job creation. [8]

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