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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
TypeLower house of the California State Legislature
Term limitsElected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session startedDecember 3, 2012
Leadership
SpeakerJohn Pérez, (D)
Since March 1, 2010
Speaker pro TemporeNora Campos, (D)
Since August 10, 2012
Majority LeaderToni Atkins, (D)
Since September 1, 2012
Minority LeaderConnie Conway, (R)
Since December 6, 2010
Structure
Seats80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groupsDemocratic Party (55)
Republican Party (25)
Length of term2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$90,526/year + per diem
Elections
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
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
TypeLower house of the California State Legislature
Term limitsElected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session startedDecember 3, 2012
Leadership
SpeakerJohn Pérez, (D)
Since March 1, 2010
Speaker pro TemporeNora Campos, (D)
Since August 10, 2012
Majority LeaderToni Atkins, (D)
Since September 1, 2012
Minority LeaderConnie Conway, (R)
Since December 6, 2010
Structure
Seats80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groupsDemocratic Party (55)
Republican Party (25)
Length of term2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$90,526/year + per diem
Elections
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
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. The legislative body consists of 80 members, with each member representing approximately 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 legislature 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 12 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 John Pérez (46thLos Angeles). The majority leader is Democrat Toni Atkins (76thSan Diego), while the minority leader is Republican Connie Conway (34thTulare).

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 helps 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]

Currently, Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.

Current composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
Midpoint
5525
DemocraticRepublican
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticIndependentRepublicanVacant
End of previous legislature52127800
Begin55025800
March 21, 2013[2]54791
May 16, 2013[3]53782
May 28, 2013[4]54791
July 1, 2013[5]53782
September 26, 2013[6]52773
October 11, 2013[7]53782
December 5, 2013[8]54791
January 6, 2014[9]55800
Latest voting share68.8%0%31.3%

Officers[edit]

PositionNamePartyDistrict
 SpeakerJohn PérezDemocratic53rd–Los Angeles
 Speaker pro temporeNora CamposDemocratic27th–San Jose
 Assistant speaker pro temporeKevin MullinDemocratic22nd–South San Francisco
 Majority floor leaderToni AtkinsDemocratic78th–San Diego
 Assistant majority floor leaderV. Manuel PerezDemocratic56th–Coachella
 Majority whipChris HoldenDemocratic41st–Pasadena
 Democratic whipJimmy GomezDemocratic51st–Echo Park
 Majority caucus chairPhil TingDemocratic19th–San Francisco
 Minority leaderConnie ConwayRepublican26th–Tulare
 Assistant minority floor leaderCurt HagmanRepublican55th–Chino Hills
 Minority caucus chairBrian JonesRepublican71st–Santee
 Deputy minority floor leaderDon WagnerRepublican68th–Irvine
 Chief minority whipDan LogueRepublican3rd–Marysville
 Republican whipsBrian MaienscheinRepublican77th–San Diego
 Marie WaldronRepublican75th–Escondido
Chief ClerkE. Dotson Wilson
Sergeant-at-ArmsRonald Pane
ChaplainFather Constantine Papademos

Seating chart[edit]

Speaker
J. Pérez
HallBontaLinderNestandeWilkConwayAtkinsBloomBocanegraRidley-ThomasPanWilliams
MorrellDahleWaldronLogueMaienscheinHagmanTingNazarianMullinCamposMedinaGarcia
DonnellyChavezBrownYamadaGordonDalyV. M. PerezFoxBonillaRodriguezWagnerGrove
BigelowMansoorFongQuirkBuchananChauRendonLevineAllenHarkeyDababnehGomez
GonzalezWeberEggmanAlejoJonesStoneGattoHernandezGainesGorellJones-SawyerLowenthal
HoldenCalderonChesbroMuratsuchiOlsenPattersonBradfordSalasAchadjianMelendezWieckowskiAmmiano
PereaSkinnerGrayJ. PérezQuirk-SilvaFrazierCooleyDickinson

Committees[edit]

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. ^ Democrat Ben Hueso (District 80) resigned when he was sworn into the State Senate.
  3. ^ Democrat Norma Torres (District 52) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
  4. ^ Democrat Lorena Gonzalez sworn into office for District 80 after winning a special election.
  5. ^ Democrat Bob Blumenfield (District 45) resigned when he was sworn into the Los Angeles City Council.
  6. ^ Democrat Holly Mitchell (District 54) resigned when she was sworn into the State Senate.
  7. ^ Democrat Freddie Rodriguez sworn into office for District 52 after winning a special election.
  8. ^ Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas sworn into office for District 54 after winning a special election.
  9. ^ Democrat Matt Dababneh sworn into office for District 45 after winning a special election.

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