David Hadley

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David Hadley
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 66th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Al Muratsuchi
Personal details
Born (1964-11-14) November 14, 1964 (age 51)
Fullerton, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Suzanne Hoff Hadley
Children Four
Residence Manhattan Beach, California
Occupation State Assemblyman
Religion Christianity
Website www.DavidHadley.com

David Hadley (born November 14, 1964) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 66th district, which consists of most of the South Bay. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was an entrepreneur and investment banker.

On October 4, 2013, he announced his run for the State Assembly, to represent the people of California’s 66th State Assembly District in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.[1] Prior to committing to run for the California State Assembly, Hadley was the chairman of the Republican Party for the 66th State Assembly District after having been elected to the leadership of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County in 2012.[2][not in citation given] Under his leadership, the local Republican Party formed a community of supporters called the South Bay 100.[citation needed] This group raised more money in 2013 than any other Republican Assembly District central committee in the state.[3][not in citation given]

On November 4, 2014, in a low turnout Midterm Election Hadley defeated incumbent Al Muratsuchi of California's 66th State Assembly district for reelection by a margin of 50.3% for Hadley compared to 49.7% for Muratsuchi, which was only 706 votes.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Hadley was born and raised in Fullerton, California and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim[4]. He received his bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and History from Dartmouth College (1986), and he completed his Master of Science in Economic History at the London School of Economics (1994).

Business career[edit]

From 1986 to 1999, Hadley was an employee of BT Alex Brown and its predecessors and affiliates, including BT Securities Corporation and Bankers Trust Company. During his employment he worked in New York and Atlanta, and moved with the firm to Los Angeles in 1996. When Hadley resigned in June 1999 upon the acquisition of BT Alex Brown by Deutsche Bank,[5] he was a managing director in the media & communications investment banking group. In June 1999, Hadley founded Hadley Partners, Incorporated. The firm has completed over 50 transactions and over $2.5 billion of transaction value on behalf of its clients.[6][not in citation given]

Politics and Assembly Campaign[edit]

In 2011 and 2012, Hadley served as the chairman of the Beach Cities Republicans, the largest[citation needed] Republican Party grassroots organization in the South Bay. Hadley is credited[by whom?] with reviving the Beach Cities Republicans after a leadership absence created by the departure of the previous chairman. After two years as chairman, Hadley was succeeded by Evan Chase.[7][not in citation given] During his leadership of the Beach Cities Republicans, Hadley published approximately 15 opinion articles in the Daily Breeze, the Daily News and/or the Long Beach Press-Telegram.[citation needed] He has expressed support for the Tea Party in the past[citation needed], in 2011 he hung a Tea Party flag at his home.[citation needed] In June 2012 Hadley was elected to the board of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, representing the 66th Assembly District.[8][not in citation given] In this election, he received more votes than any other candidate in the county despite being a first-time candidate.[citation needed] Hadley was then elected chairman of the Republican Party for the 66th Assembly District by the other eight elected and ex officio members.[9][not in citation given] As local party leader, Hadley’s primary initiative was the formation of the South Bay 100 as a program of the Assembly District.[citation needed] The South Bay 100 is a community of over 175 people who have contributed money to strengthen and unify the center/right of the political spectrum in the South Bay.[citation needed] They are also working to unify the Republican Party around its best candidates as early as possible in the election cycle.[citation needed] Hadley’s second major activity as party chairman was to recruit possible candidates to run for the 66th Assembly District seat in 2014.[10][not in citation given][11][dead link] Hadley has publicly stated that he actively tried to recruit Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka and former Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, among others, to run for this seat.[citation needed] When none of these candidates elected to run, Hadley himself committed to the race.[citation needed] Hadley has been endorsed by a number of local leaders, including: Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto[citation needed]; Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka[citation needed], former Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin[citation needed] and several local city council members[citation needed], as well as billionaire Charles Munger Jr who ran a multi-million dollar parallel campaign on Hadley's behalf.[12][not in citation given] In a minor controversy, the Hadley campaign was fined by an ethics committee for inadvertently breaking a rule on contribution limits, the Hadley campaign has since returned the money. [13]When Hadley committed to run for the state Assembly seat, he stepped down as chairman of the local Republican Party.[14][not in citation given]

Assembly Career and Legislation[edit]

Hadley is a member of the Natural Resources, Banking and Finance, Utilities and Commerce committees and the vice chairman of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee.[15] Legislatively, David Hadley has spent his time in the Assembly focused primarily on education issues. Hadley believes race has no place in determining how our students are evaluated for the purpose of college admissions and voted against the controversial SCA 5 (which was withdrawn on March 17, 2014 by State Senator Ed Hernandez per request of 3 senators that originally supported the bill: Leland Yee, Ted Lieu, and Carol Liu)[16][not in citation given] [17][self-published source] In 2015, AB306, a bill Hadley authored that gives the children of military personnel better options in choosing which school district they matriculate into, regardless of on-base housing's location, was signed into law.[18] He has voted in favor of strengthening the death penalty.[19] He believes government has no right to force businesses or religious organizations to provide service to same sex couples such as a ceremonial wedding, or any other service that would go against the business owner's religious beliefs.[20] He worked with environmentalist Erin Brockovich to create an awareness of the poor quality of water in the city of Gardena in 2015-2016. [21]

David is known as a maverick for voting independently at times against his own party, the California Republican Party.[citation needed] An example was Senate Bill 350 where Hadley was one of the only 2 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill.[22][not in citation given]

Personal life[edit]

Hadley has been married to Suzanne Hoff Hadley since June 19, 1992. They have four children: Jack, Claire, Ellen and Faith. They have lived in Manhattan Beach, California since 1996.


  1. ^ "David Frederick Hadley Candidate for Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 66". smartvoter.org. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "June 5th 2012 California Christian Voters Guide". veritasdomain.wordpress.com/. May 17, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.mbrwf.com/January_2014_news.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.servitehs.org/uploaded/A_SUPPORT_SERVITE/DONOR_RECOGNITION/DOCUMENTS/Legenda_-_COMMUNICATIONS_FINAL.pdf
  5. ^ "Alex. Brown sheds its BT". articles.baltimoresun.com. June 5, 1999. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Company Overview of Hadley Partners, Incorporated". businessweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Too many elections, too little accountability cripple California". westsiderepublicans. Retrieved 5 April 2014. [user-generated source]
  8. ^ "Local leads Republican charge for Muratsuchi's 66th District seat". tbrnews.com. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Local leads Republican charge for Muratsuchi's 66th District seat". tbrnews.com. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Assembly District 66". aroundthecapitol. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "2014 Political Endorsements". newmajority.com. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  12. ^ http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/charles-munger-campaign-spending/
  13. ^ http://www.dailybreeze.com/government-and-politics/20141120/california-ethics-panel-fines-david-hadleys-assembly-campaign-for-illegal-contribution
  14. ^ "Crowded fields emerge for open South Bay political districts". dailybreeze. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  15. ^ https://ad66.asmrc.org/committee-membershipTemplate:Self published source
  16. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_25361339/california-affirmative-action-challenge-is-dead
  17. ^ http://www.davidhadley.com/on-the-issue.php
  18. ^ https://ad66.asmrc.org/legislation/education-school-district-choice-children-active-duty-militaryTemplate:Self published source
  19. ^ http://www.davidhadley.com/on-the-issue.phpTemplate:Self published source
  20. ^ http://www.davidhadley.com/on-the-issue.phpTemplate:Self published source
  21. ^ http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-gardena-dirty-water-20160314-story.html
  22. ^ "Bill Votes". leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 

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