David Hadley

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David Hadley
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 66th district
In office
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byAl Muratsuchi
Succeeded byAl Muratsuchi
Personal details
Born (1964-11-14) November 14, 1964 (age 55)
Fullerton, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Suzanne Hoff
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
London School of Economics (MS)
WebsiteOfficial website

David Frederick Hadley (born November 14, 1964) is an American businessman and former politician, who served in the California State Assembly, representing the 66th Assembly District, which consists of most of the South Bay region of Los Angeles. He is a member of the Republican Party.

On November 4, 2014, Hadley defeated Democratic assembly member Al Muratsuchi by a margin of just 706 votes.[1] In 2016, Hadley was defeated in his own bid for reelection in a rematch with Muratsuchi.[2] Prior to serving in the California State Assembly, Hadley was the Republican party chairman for the 66th assembly district and an entrepreneur and investment banker.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hadley was born and raised in Fullerton, California and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim. 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,[4] he was a managing director in the media & communications investment banking group. In June 1999, Hadley founded Hadley Partners, Incorporated.[5]

Political background and experience[edit]

Hadley previously served as the chairman of the Beach Cities Republicans.[6]

In June 2012, Hadley was elected to the board of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, representing the 66th Assembly District.[7]

After election to public office, Hadley created the South Bay 300 Club which raised funds for his 2016 re-election campaign, charging $1000 for admission to the club.[8]

In September 2016, Hadley announced he would not vote or support the Republican nominee for the presidency, Donald Trump.[9] He said "I am not voting for either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump. Both have shown themselves unfit for the highest office in the land. Neither reflects the South Bay values that this citizen legislator is trying to bring to Sacramento." [10]

In July 2017, Hadley declared his candidacy for Governor of California in 2018; he withdrew from the race two weeks later.[11][12]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 66th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Hadley 30,996 50.5
Democratic Al Muratsuchi (incumbent) 30,439 49.5
Total votes 61,435 100.0
General election
Republican David Hadley 54,401 50.3
Democratic Al Muratsuchi (incumbent) 53,695 49.7
Total votes 108,096 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 66th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Muratsuchi 53,295 48.7
Republican David Hadley (incumbent) 48,755 44.6
Democratic Mike Madrigal 7,307 6.7
Total votes 109,357 100.0
General election
Democratic Al Muratsuchi 105,336 54.1
Republican David Hadley (incumbent) 89,308 45.9
Total votes 194,644 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Legislative tenure[edit]

In 2015, Hadley authored AB 306 to give the children of military personnel better options in choosing which school district they matriculate into, regardless of on-base housing's location, which was signed into law.[13] He worked with environmentalist Erin Brockovich to increase awareness of water quality in the city of Gardena in 2015–16.[14]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ Green, Nick (November 24, 2014). "Republican David Hadley claims victory over Democrat Al Muratsuchi in 66th Assembly District". Daily Breeze. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Muratsuchi defeats Hadley in Assembly race rematch Christine Mai-Duc. Los Angeles Times. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016
  3. ^ "June 5th 2012 California Christian Voters Guide". veritasdomain.wordpress.com/. May 17, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Alex. Brown sheds its BT". articles.baltimoresun.com. June 5, 1999. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Hadley Partners, Incorporated". businessweek.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Too many elections, too little accountability cripple California". westsiderepublicans. Retrieved April 5, 2014.[user-generated source]
  7. ^ "Local leads Republican charge for Muratsuchi's 66th District seat". tbrnews.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Word on the street: Manhattan Village's new wave, new and old political money, Proud Bird soars again". Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "August Essential Politics news feed: California Legislature's session ends in the wee hours" – via LA Times.
  10. ^ "Why Clinton and Trump won't get a South Bay legislator's vote: David Hadley".
  11. ^ Mehta, Seema (July 5, 2017). "Former Republican assemblyman joins race to be California's next governor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Mehta, Seema (July 19, 2017). "Republican David Hadley drops out of California governor's race two weeks after entering". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bill Text – AB-306 Public schools: attendance alternatives: children of military personnel".
  14. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "'You don't drink the water in Gardena': A year later, residents remain skeptical".

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