Robert Dutton

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Robert Dutton
Member of the California State Senate
from the 31st district
In office
December 6, 2004 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Jim Brulte
Succeeded by redistricted
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 63rd district
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 6, 2004
Preceded by Bill Leonard
Succeeded by Bill Emmerson
Minority Leader of the California State Senate
In office
October 11, 2010 – January 5, 2012
Preceded by Dennis Hollingsworth
Succeeded by Bob Huff
Personal details
Born Robert Dale Dutton
(1950-10-13) October 13, 1950 (age 66)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Andrea Guillen
Children Kara
Residence Rancho Cucamonga, California, U.S.
Alma mater Los Angeles Valley College
Occupation CEO of Dutton & Associates
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website Senator Bob Dutton
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Reserves
California Air National Guard
Years of service 1969–1974
Rank Sergeant Army-USA-OR-05.svg

Robert Dale Dutton (born October 13, 1950) is an American politician.[2] He served as the California State Senate Republican Leader from 2010 to 2012 and served as a Senator representing the 31st Senate District from 2004 to 2012, after serving two years as a State Assemblyman for the 63rd Assembly District.[2]

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Robert Dutton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1950.[2] In 1972, he received an A.A. in real estate from Los Angeles Valley College.[2] In 1976, he became President of the local Kiwanis.[2]

He served in the Army Reserve in 1969 and then went on to serve on the California Air National Guard.[2] Dutton owns the real estate company Dutton & Associates, Inc.[2] He has also been involved with the YMCA and the Red Cross.[2]

He began his public service as a City Councilman for Rancho Cucamonga, California.[2][when?]

California legislature[edit]


After redistricting, incumbent Republican State Assemblyman Bill Leonard decided to retire in order to run for a seat on the California Board of Equalization.[3] Dutton decided to run in the vacant California's 63rd State Assembly district and won the Republican primary with 45% of the vote in a three candidate field.[4] He won the general election by defeating Democrat nominee Donna Wallace 61%-39%.[5]

In 2004, he decided to retire from his seat in the 63rd Assembly district in order to run for California's 31st State Senate district, vacated by retiring Republican State Senator Jim Brulte. He defeated Democrat nominee Marjorie Mikels 60%-40%.[6] In 2008, he won re-election to a second term with 59% of the vote.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Emergency Management Committee
  • Labor and Industrial Relations Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Budget and Fiscal Review Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Transportation and Housing Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Joint Legislative Budget Committee[8]

2012 congressional election[edit]

In January 2012, Dutton decided to retire from the California Senate to run in the newly redrawn California’s 31st Congressional District, based in San Bernardino County, and vacated by retiring U.S. Congressman Jerry Lewis.[9] Dutton lost the general election to fellow Republican Gary Miller by a 55% to 45% margin.

Personal life[edit]

He married Andrea Guillen in 1981. They have a daughter, Kara, who received her Master’s in 2010 from the University of La Verne.


  1. ^ "Robert 'Bob' Dutton- Bio, News, Photos". Washington Times. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Official biography
  3. ^ "Candidate - Bill Leonard". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ "CA State Assembly 63- R Primary Race - Mar 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  5. ^ "CA State Assembly 63 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  6. ^ "CA State Senate 31 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  7. ^ "CA State Senate 31 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Robert Dutton". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  9. ^ "State Sen. Bob Dutton to run for Jerry Lewis' U.S. House seat -". 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
California Assembly
Preceded by
Bill Leonard
California State Assemblyman
63rd District
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2004
Succeeded by
Bill Emmerson
California Senate
Preceded by
Jim Brulte
California State Senator
31st District
December 6, 2004 - December 3, 2012
Succeeded by
Richard Roth
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Hollingsworth
California State Senate Republican Leader
October 11, 2010 – January 5, 2012
Succeeded by
Bob Huff