Ron Calderon

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Ronald Calderon
Member of the California State Senate
from the 30th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded by Martha Escutia
Succeeded by Tony Mendoza (redistricted)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 58th district
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Thomas M. Calderon
Succeeded by Charles M. Calderon
Personal details
Born (1957-08-12) August 12, 1957 (age 60)
Montebello, California
Nationality Hispanic-American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ana Calderon; 2 children
Relations Charles M. Calderon (brother)
Thomas M. Calderon (brother)
Residence Montebello, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Owner, financial services sales and marketing firm
Mortgage banker
Real estate agent

Ronald Steven Calderon (born August 12, 1957 in Montebello, California) is a former Democratic California State Senator from the 30th Senate District. He was elected to the Senate in 2006.[2]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Calderon attended Montebello High School, graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He then graduated from the Western State University of Law.

Calderon served as a manager in the manufacturing industry, a mortgage banker, and a real estate agent.[1][3]

Senator Ronald Calderon is the second of his family to serve in the senate and the third to hold a seat in the legislature. Prior to Ronald's election his brothers Charles and Thomas also served in the state assembly.

California Assembly[edit]


After redistricting, Tom Calderon, his brother, decided to run for California Insurance Commissioner in 2002. Ron decided to run for the seat vacated by Tom and won the Democratic primary with 46% of the vote.[4] He won the general election with 63% of the vote.[5] In 2004, he won re-election with 62% of the vote.[6] In 2006, he retired to run for the California State Senate. His brother, Charles, succeeded him.

Committee assignments[edit]

He served as Chairman of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. He was also elected Assistant Majority Leader.

California Senate[edit]

Calderon was elected to the 30th Senate District, which includes: Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, La Mirada, Los Angeles, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, California, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, Whittier, East Whittier, East Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Hacienda Heights, South Whittier, and West Whittier-Los Nietos.[7][8]


In 2006, incumbent Democrat State Senator Martha Escutia decided to retire. In the Democratic primary, Calderon defeated fellow State Representative Rudy Bermúdez 50.4%-49.7%, a difference of just 305 votes.[9] He won the general election with 71% of the vote.[10] In 2010, he won re-election with 69% of the vote.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Calderon is chairman of the Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Senate President Don Perata selected Calderon to lead senate efforts to reform term-limits and redistricting laws, as well as moving the state’s presidential primary from June to February.[citation needed] Calderon also chairs the Select Committee on International Business Trade, in addition to sitting on the Appropriations and Energy, Utilities and Communications committees. Calderon also sits on the California Film Commission, which is tasked with promoting and subsidizing the California film industry.[1]

2012 congressional election[edit]

In August 2011, Calderon announced he would be running for the United States Congress in the newly redrawn California's 38th congressional district against incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sánchez in the Democratic primary. Calderon's State Senate district represented around 70% of the redrawn thirty-eighth.[12] Calderon withdrew from the race in January 2012.[13]

Corruption case[edit]

On June 4, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided Calderon's offices in the California State Capitol in an attempt to find evidence regarding accusations of criminal activity.[14] On the same day, the FBI also raided the office of California's Latino Legislative Caucus of which Calderon served as vice-chair.

On October 30, 2013, an FBI affidavit was published online by cable network Al Jazeera America with a claim that State Sen. Ron Calderon accepted about $88,000 in bribes from a Southern California hospital executive, Michael Drobot, for legislation regarding workers' compensation for an expensive surgical procedure, and an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner during a wide-ranging probe into his conduct as a legislator.[15] On November 12, 2013, Calderon was suspended from his committee assignments, citing the ongoing inquiry into the alleged bribe.[16]

On February 21, 2014 Calderon agreed to surrender to federal authorities on Monday February 24, 2014 after being named in a federal grand jury indictment.[17] After surrendering to authorities on February 24, 2014 Calderon appeared in Court and pleaded not guilty to 24 charges relating to wire fraud, bribery, money laundering and falsification of tax returns. His trial was scheduled to commence on April 22, 2014. Calderon was released on a $50,000 surety bond. He could have faced a prison term of up to a maximum 396 years if convicted on all charges. The California Senate gave the senator until March 3, 2014 to either resign or take a leave of absence, failing which a vote would be taken to suspend him from office.[18] On March 2, Calderon announced that he would take a leave of absence. He was absemt until the end of the 2014 session, at which point he was term-limited out of office.[19]

On June 13, 2016, federal prosecutors announced that Calderon agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud. A week earlier his brother Thomas pleaded guilty money-laundering.[20]

Calderon was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison in October 2016. He started serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Sheridan in January 2017. He is scheduled for release in January 2019, 18 months less than the 42-month sentence imposed. Through his attorney, Mark Geragos, he has petitioned the Bureau of Prisons to be released 12 month earlier, in January 2018, under the Second Chance Act of 2007.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Calderon lives in Montebello with his wife Ana of 30 years and their two children, Jessica and Zachary.


  1. ^ a b c Senator Ronald S. Calderon – Biography
  2. ^ Schmidt, Gregory; Wilson, E. Dotson (June 30, 2007). "California Legislature 2007–08" (PDF). State of California. pp. 34 of 548 in PDF. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Senate District 30 (District Profile)". State of California. September 13, 2001. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Assembly District 58 (SB 802)". State of California. September 13, 2001. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
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  18. ^ "Corruption accused US lawmaker pleads not guilty". California Telegraph. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
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  20. ^ Whitcomb, Dan (13 June 2016). "Ex-California lawmaker to plead guilty in corruption case: prosecutors". Reuters. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  21. ^ Koseff, Alexei (August 14, 2017). "Former California lawmaker seeks early release from prison on corruption charges". Sacramento Bee. 

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas M. Calderon
California State Assemblyman, 58th District
Succeeded by
Charles M. Calderon
California Senate
Preceded by
Martha Escutia
California State Senator, 30th District
Succeeded by