Gloria Negrete McLeod

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Gloria Negrete McLeod
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJoe Baca (redistricting)
Succeeded byNorma Torres
Member of the California Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
December 4, 2006 – January 2, 2013
Preceded byNell Soto
Succeeded byNorma Torres
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 61st district
In office
December 4, 2000 – November 30, 2006
Preceded byNell Soto
Succeeded byNell Soto
Personal details
Born (1941-09-06) September 6, 1941 (age 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseGilbert McLeod
Residence(s)Chino, California, U.S.
Alma materChaffey College

Gloria Negrete McLeod (born September 6, 1941) is an American politician who was the United States representative for California's 35th congressional district from 2013 to 2015. The district included portions of eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County. She was a California state senator, representing the 32nd district, from December 2006 until her election to Congress. Prior to that, she served in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006, after having lost in a 1998 bid for the Assembly. A resident of Chino, she defeated Joe Baca Jr., in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat. She defeated Joe Baca Sr. in her 2012 election to Congress. In February 2014, she announced her intention not to run for reelection, and instead to run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.[1] Negrete McLeod lost the November election to Republican state Assemblyman Curt Hagman.[2]

Early life, education, and academic career[edit]

She was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California. She was president of the board of Chaffey Community College (her alma mater) and was a Chaffey board member for five years. She was reelected to the board in 2015.[3]

California Assembly (2001–2007)[edit]


She ran for the 61st District in the California State Assembly in 1998 after incumbent Republican Fred Aguiar was term limited. She lost the Democratic vote to Nell Soto in the open primary 53%-47%.[4] In 2000, she ran again and ranked first in the 7-candidate open primary with 28% of the overall vote and 62% of the Democratic vote. Republican Dennis Yates won the Republican vote with 35% and 19% of the overall vote, qualifying for the general election.[5] In the November election, she defeated Yates 54%-43%.[6][7] In 2002, she defeated Republican Matt Munson 62%-38%.[8][9] In 2004, she defeated Republican Alan Wapner, an Ontario City Councilman,[10] 64%-36%.[11]


She sponsored legislation to ban age discrimination.[12] In late 2006, she was a key vote in favor of same-sex marriage.[13][14][15]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Committee on Business and Professions (Chair)[16]
  • Committee on Public Employees (Chair)[17]

California Senate (2007–2013)[edit]


In 2006, Negrete McLeod decided to run for the California Senate in the 32nd district after incumbent Nell Soto was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. She defeated Assemblyman Joe Baca Jr. in the Democratic primary 61%-39%.[18] She won the November general election unopposed.[19] In 2010, she won re-election to a second term with 68% of the vote.[20]


The 32nd District stretches over two counties encompassing parts of San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County. In San Bernardino County, she represents the cities of Chino, Colton, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto, and San Bernardino. In Los Angeles County, she represents the city of Pomona.

Negrete McLeod is actively involved in the cleanup of groundwater contamination. She focuses on current water supply.[21]

In December 2009, California's weekly periodical Capitol Weekly gave her a 49 score, making her one of the most moderate Democrats in the legislature.[22] The NARAL Pro-Choice America of California (2014, 2013, et al.) and Planned Parenthood of California have given her a perfect 100 rating (2012).[23]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Budget and Fiscal Review
  • Business, Professions and Economic Development
  • Legislative Ethics Committee
  • Master Plan for Higher Education Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Public Employment and Retirement Committee (Chair)
  • Sunset Review Committee
  • Veterans Affairs Committee[24]

U.S. House of Representatives (2013–2015)[edit]


In June 2011, after Negrete McLeod found out that the Citizens Redistricting Commission had drawn a new congressional district that was virtually coextensive with her state senate district, she announced she was running for it, saying, "I'm in, I'm in, I'm in, I'm in. There's nobody there." She was referring to the fact that there weren't any incumbent congressmen living in the district.[25]

Negrete McLeod officially announced her candidacy for the newly redrawn and open 35th district on September 6, 2011.[26] She faced Congressman Joe Baca in the primary. Baca's home is in the 31st District, but his old 43rd District took up almost 60% of the new 35th. In the open primary, Baca ranked first with 45% of the vote, Negrete McLeod ranked second with 36% of the vote, and Green party candidate Anthony Vieyra ranked last with 19% of the vote.[27]

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC spent more than $5 million supporting Negrete McLeod's candidacy.[28] In the November general election, Negrete McLeod defeated Baca 56%-44%.[29]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

She and her husband Gilbert L. McLeod, a retired police lieutenant, have 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.[30]

Election results[edit]

2000 Democratic Primary, State Assembly District 61

  • 61.5% Gloria Negrete McLeod
  • 38.5% Paul Vincent Avila

2006 Democratic Primary, State Senate District 32

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alex Isenstadt (February 18, 2014). "California Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod quitting House". Politico. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "SBCo Courthouses are off limits for picketing, proselytizing". December 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Governing Board | Chaffey College".
  4. ^ "1998 CA Primary - Statement of Vote" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "CA State Assembly 61 Race - Nov 07, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "CA State Assembly 61 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  10. ^ "Search Results".
  11. ^ "CA State Assembly 61 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  12. ^ "The Union Democrat - Google News Archive Search".
  13. ^ "California Legislature OK's Gay Marriage; All Eyes on Schwarzenegger". 2005-09-07. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  14. ^ "News Archives -". 2005-09-07. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  15. ^ "The Union Democrat - Google News Archive Search".
  16. ^ "Data" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  17. ^ "News Archives -". 2004-09-11. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  18. ^ "CA State Senate 32 - D Primary Race - Jun 06, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  19. ^ "CA State Senate 32 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  20. ^ "CA State Senate 32 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  21. ^ "Biography | Senator Torres". Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  22. ^ "How we scored". Capitol Weekly. December 19, 2009. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-30.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  23. ^ "Gloria Negrete McLeod's Ratings and Endorsements - Project Vote Smart". Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  24. ^ "Gloria Negrete McLeod". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  25. ^ Goldmacher, Shane. Negrete McLeod to run for Congress: “I’m in, I’m in, I’m in, I’m in”. Los Angeles Times, 2011-06-20.
  26. ^ Press release announcing candidacy for Congress
  27. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA - District 35 - Open Primary Race - Jun 05, 2012".
  28. ^ Freshman legislators to represent Inland Valley, High Desert in Congress
  29. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA - District 35 Race - Nov 06, 2012".
  30. ^ McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of American Politics. The University of Chicago Press.

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California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblywoman, 61st District
Succeeded by
California Senate
Preceded by California State Senator, 32nd District
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Succeeded by
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Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
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