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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
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Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started
December 1, 2014
Leadership
Toni Atkins (D)
since May 12, 2014
Speaker pro Tempore
Kevin Mullin (D)
since December 1, 2014
Majority Leader
Chris Holden (D)
since December 1, 2014
Minority Leader
Kristin Olsen (R)
since November 6, 2014
Structure
Seats80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
Democratic Party (52)
Republican Party (28)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$95,291/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2014
Next election
November 4, 2016
RedistrictingCalifornia Citizens Redistricting Commission
Motto
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California Assembly chamber.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California
Website
California State Assembly
 
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Coordinates: 38°34′35″N 121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°W / 38.57639; -121.49333

California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
{{{1}}}
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started
December 1, 2014
Leadership
Toni Atkins (D)
since May 12, 2014
Speaker pro Tempore
Kevin Mullin (D)
since December 1, 2014
Majority Leader
Chris Holden (D)
since December 1, 2014
Minority Leader
Kristin Olsen (R)
since November 6, 2014
Structure
Seats80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
Democratic Party (52)
Republican Party (28)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$95,291/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2014
Next election
November 4, 2016
RedistrictingCalifornia Citizens Redistricting Commission
Motto
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California Assembly chamber.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California
Website
California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. It consists of eighty members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the State Assembly has the largest population-per-representative ratio of any state lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States after the federal House of Representatives. As a result of Proposition 140 in 1990 and Proposition 28 in 2012, members elected to the legislature prior to 2012 are restricted by term limits to three two-year terms (six years), while those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve twelve years in the legislature in any combination of four-year state senate or two-year state assembly terms.[1]

The State Assembly convenes at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

Leadership[edit]

The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full assembly. Other leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

The current Speaker is Democrat Toni Atkins (78thSan Diego). The majority leader is Democrat Chris Holden (41stPasadena), while the minority leader is Republican Kristin Olsen (12thModesto).

Meeting chamber[edit]

The chamber's green tones are based on the British House of Commons. The dais rests along a wall shaped like an "E", with its central projection housing the rostrum. Along the cornice appears a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and a Latin quotation: legislatorum est justas leges condere ("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws"). Almost every decorating element is identical to the Senate Chamber.

Candidate qualifications[edit]

To run for the Assembly, a candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter in the district at the time nomination papers are issued and may not have served three terms in the State Assembly since November 6, 1990. According to Article 4, Section 2(c) of the California Constitution, the candidate must have one year of residency in the legislative district and California residency for three years.

Employees[edit]

The Chief Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplain are not members of the Legislature. The Sergeant-at-Arms protects the members of the California State Assembly. This position has existed since December 15, 1849, when Samuel N. Houston became the Assembly's first Sergeant-at-Arms.

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
Midpoint
5228
DemocraticRepublican
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticRepublicanVacant
End of previous legislature5524791
Begin5228800
Latest voting share65%35%

Officers[edit]

PositionNamePartyDistrict
 SpeakerToni AtkinsDemocratic78th–San Diego
 Speaker pro temporeKevin MullinDemocratic22nd–South San Francisco
 Assistant speaker pro temporeDavid ChiuDemocratic17th–San Francisco
 Majority floor leaderChris HoldenDemocratic41st–Pasadena
 Assistant majority floor leaderCristina GarciaDemocratic58th–Bell Gardens
 Majority whipMiguel SantiagoDemocratic53rd–Los Angeles
 Assistant majority whipsEvan LowDemocratic28th–Campbell
 Jim CooperDemocratic9th–Elk Grove
 Majority caucus chairSusan EggmanDemocratic13th–Stockton
 Minority leaderKristin OlsenRepublican12th–Modesto
 Assistant minority leadersTravis AllenRepublican72nd–Huntington Beach
 Frank BigelowRepublican5th–O'Neals
 Jay ObernolteRepublican33rd–Big Bear Lake
 Minority caucus chairScott WilkRepublican38th–Santa Clarita
 Minority floor leaderMarie WaldronRepublican75th–Escondido
 Deputy minority floor leaderJames GallagherRepublican3rd–Yuba City
 Chief minority whipChad MayesRepublican42nd–Yucca Valley
 Minority whipsLing-Ling ChangRepublican55th–Diamond Bar
 Beth GainesRepublican6th–Roseville
Chief ClerkE. Dotson Wilson
Sergeant-at-ArmsRonald Pane
ChaplainFather Constantine Papademos

The Chief Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplain are not members of the Legislature.

Seating chart[edit]

Speaker
Atkins
PereaBontaLinderMayesWilkOlsenHoldenRidley-ThomasAlejoE. GarciaWilliamsChu
ChavezDahleMathisMaienscheinGallagherWaldronTingNazarianMullinChiuHarperSteinorth
BroughBakerBrownThurmondGordonDalyC. GarciaLopezBloomGomezWagnerGrove
BigelowObernolteWoodQuirkLevineChauJonesKimAllenLackeyDababnehGipson
ChangPattersonEggmanCamposHernandezRendonMedinaLowGainesHadleyWeberGonzalez
RodriguezSantiagoSalasStoneCalderonJones-SawyerGattoDoddAchadjianMelendezBonillaIrwin
FrazierMcCartyGrayO'DonnellAtkinsBurkeCooleyCooper

Committees[edit]

Current committees include:[2]

Standing[edit]

Joint[edit]

Recent sessions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

External links[edit]