Eric C. Bauman

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Eric C. Bauman
Eric Bauman - Nov. 1, 2014.jpg
Chair of the California Democratic Party
In office
May 20, 2017 – November 29, 2018
Preceded byJohn Burton
Succeeded byAlex Gallardo-Rooker (acting)
Personal details
Eric Carl Bauman

(1958-12-10) December 10, 1958 (age 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationExcelsior College (BS)
American Century University
WebsiteOfficial website

Eric Carl Bauman (born December 10, 1958) is an American political operative who was most recently the Chair of the California Democratic Party. Previously the vice chair of the state party (2009–2017) and Chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party (2000–2017), he is known for his influence in Los Angeles County Democratic politics. He announced his resignation as head of the California Democratic Party on November 29, 2018 following sexual misconduct allegations.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in The Bronx, New York, Bauman worked as a registered nurse for many years before entering politics. He obtained his bachelor's degree in nursing from Excelsior College. He also obtained graduate education in Health Care Administration from Century University, now known as American Century University, an unaccredited, for-profit university based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Political influence[edit]

Bauman was chair of the California Democratic Party, the largest State Democratic Party entity in the United States.[3]

Bauman has been referred to as a "kingmaker" in Los Angeles County Democratic politics by LA Weekly. In the article he claimed, “I don't make promises or ask people to do things in a quid pro quo format. That would be against the law.” [4]

Under his leadership, the LA Democratic Party was awarded 15 Pollie Awards and 3 Reed Awards.[5]

Bauman is regularly quoted by the Los Angeles Times[6] and often appears on CNN and KTTV Fox 11 News[7][8] on issues relating to Los Angeles County and California Democratic politics. Bauman also makes regular monthly appearances on Charter Communications' California Edition.[9]

He is a senior adviser to Speaker of the California State Assembly, Anthony Rendon. He has served in this role previously for Speakers John Pérez and Toni Atkins, in addition to having been Governor Gray Davis' Southern California Director, and having served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner under then-Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi.

Prior to attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a PLEO Delegate, Bauman was featured in a special edition of KNBCLA's News Conference with Conan Nolan.[10]

Bauman put in a bid to be Chair of the California Democratic Party in 2017, defeating opponent Kimberly Ellis.[11]

On May 20, 2017, he was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party at the annual state convention. He was the first openly gay person and the first Jew to serve as Chair of the Party.[12]


On November 29, 2018, Bauman resigned from his position as Chair of the California Democratic Party after lawsuits alleged that he committed sexual harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault.[13] These included allegations by Bauman's assistant William Floyd that "Bauman forcibly performed oral sex on him several times and that the party failed to respond appropriately to Bauman’s behavior." In his lawsuit, "Floyd alleges Bauman threatened him, telling him “if you cross me, I will break you.”" [14]

The lawsuits were settled in 2020 for nearly $3 million.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in North Hollywood with his husband of many years, Michael. Eric's uncle is musician Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, formerly of Sha Na Na.[citation needed]

In November 2018, the California Democratic Party Vice Chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall filed a complaint accusing Bauman of having sexually assaulted or harassed Larimore-Hall's staff members.[16][17][18]

Pharmaceutical consulting[edit]

Bauman has been criticized for his ties to California's pharmaceutical industry.[19][20] He has lobbied against Proposition 61 which would have prohibited the state from buying drugs that are more expensive that price the Department of Veterans Affairs pays.[19][20] This criticism has re-emerged following his election to become Chair of the California Democratic Party.[21]


  1. ^ Mason, Phil Willon, Melanie. "California Democratic Party leader Eric Bauman to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct". Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "CA Democratic Party chair resigns amid misconduct allegations". November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Who We Are - Los Angeles County Democratic Party". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Aron, Hillel (December 22, 2011). "Eric Bauman, L.A. Democratic Party Kingmaker". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Campaign Awards - Los Angeles County Democratic Party". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "L.A. County OKs contract to design new touch-screen voting system". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  7. ^ LACDP (September 30, 2010). "Eric Bauman on the first Jerry Brown vs. Meg Whitman debate". Retrieved November 12, 2016 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ LACDP (December 31, 1969). "Bauman vs. Tea Partiers on Fox". Retrieved November 12, 2016 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Eric Bauman on California Edition - Eric C. Bauman". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "NewsConference Extra All Eyes on Philadelphia DNC". Archived from the original on August 4, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Willon, Phil; Mehta, Seema (May 16, 2017). "'Old school versus new school:' The battle over who will run the California Democratic Party". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "May election: Will a gay man lead California Democrats?". Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "California Democratic Party leader Eric Bauman to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct". Los Angeles Times. November 30, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Mai-Duc, Christine (January 4, 2020). "WSJ News Exclusive | California Democratic Party Pays More Than $2.9 Million to Settle Harassment, Discrimination Claims". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  16. ^ "Party official accuses state Democratic chairman of sexual misconduct". November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Cal Dem Chairman Accused Of Sexual Misconduct". November 24, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  18. ^ Koseff, Alexei (November 24, 2018). "California Democratic Party leader investigated for sexual misconduct". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  19. ^ a b Ross, Matier & (June 13, 2016). "Democratic adviser Eric Bauman collects cash to fight drug measure". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Willon, Phil (December 1, 2016). "California Democratic Party leaders may be asked to fess up when paid to back ballot measures". Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Press, JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated (May 21, 2017). "California Democratic chair race angers 'Berniecrats'". miamiherald. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John L. Burton
Chair of the California Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Alex Gallardo-Rooker