California State Assembly

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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Seal of the Assembly of the State of California.svg
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
New session started
December 7, 2020
Anthony Rendon (D)
since March 7, 2016
Speaker pro Tempore
Kevin Mullin (D)
since December 1, 2014
Majority Leader
Eloise Reyes (D)
since December 7, 2020
Minority Leader
Marie Waldron (R)
since November 8, 2018
California State Assembly 2019-20 diagram.svg
Political groups
   Democratic (60)


   Republican (19)
   Independent (1)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$114,877/year + per diem
Nonpartisan blanket primary
Last election
November 3, 2020
Next election
November 8, 2022
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California State Assembly room p1080879.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California
California State Assembly

Coordinates: 38°34′35″N121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°W / 38.57639; -121.49333 The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature, the upper house being the California State Senate. The Assembly convenes, along with the State Senate, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.


The Assembly consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to a combination of the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the 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.

Members of the California State Assembly are generally referred to using the titles Assemblyman (for men), Assemblywoman (for women), or Assemblymember (gender-neutral). In the current legislative session, Democrats enjoy a three-fourths supermajority of 60 seats, while Republicans control a minority of 19 seats and Independents hold 1 seat.


The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is nominated by the caucus of the majority party and elected by 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 Anthony Rendon (63rdLakewood). The majority leader is Democrat Eloise Reyes (47thGrand Terrace), while the minority leader is Republican Marie Waldron (75thEscondido). [1]

Terms of office

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. [2]

Every two years, all 80 seats in the Assembly are subject to election. This is in contrast to the State Senate, in which only half of its 40 seats are subject to election every two years.

Meeting chamber

The chamber's green tones are based on the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. 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

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. [3]


The chief clerk of the Assembly, a position that has existed since the Assembly's creation, is responsible for many administrative duties. The chief clerk is the custodian of all Assembly bills and records and publishes the Assembly Daily Journal, the minutes of floor sessions, as well as the Assembly Daily File (the Assembly agenda). The chief clerk is the Assembly's parliamentarian, and in this capacity gives advice to the presiding officer on matters of parliamentary procedure. The chief clerk is also responsible for engrossing and enrolling of measures, and the transmitting passed legislation to the governor. [4]

Since 2016, the chaplain and the alternate chaplain of the Assembly have been Revs. Patti Oshita and Bob Oshita, married couple and both Jodo Shinshu Buddhist spiritual leaders. The chaplain from 2003 to 2016 was Father Constantine Pappademos, a Greek Orthodox priest. [5]

The position of sergeant-at-arms of the Assembly has existed since 1849; Samuel N. Houston was the first to hold this post, overseeing one deputy. The sergeant-at-arms is mostly tasked with law enforcement duties, but customarily also has a ceremonial and protocol role. Today, some fifty employees are part of the Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Office. [6]

Current session


Composition of the California State Assembly, 2019-20 Session
Democratic Party
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Composition of the California State Assembly, 2019–20 Session
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Independent Vacant
End of previous legislature61171791
Latest voting share


Speaker Anthony Rendon Democratic 63rd–Lakewood
Speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin Democratic 22nd–South San Francisco
Assistant speaker pro tempore Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Democratic 16th–Orinda
Majority leader Eloise Reyes Democratic 47th–Grand Terrace
Assistant majority leaders Rob Bonta Democratic 18th–Alameda
Al Muratsuchi Democratic 66th–Rolling Hills Estates
Majority whip Jesse Gabriel Democratic 45th–Encino
Assistant majority whips Tasha Boerner Horvath Democratic 76th–Encinitas
Chris Ward Democratic 78th–San Diego
Democratic caucus chair Mike Gipson Democratic 64th–Carson
Republican leader Marie Waldron Republican 75th–Escondido
Republican floor leader Heath Flora Republican 12th–Ripon
Republican caucus chair Jay Obernolte Republican 33rd–Big Bear Lake
Republican chief whip Phillip Chen Republican 55th–Yorba Linda
Republican whip Devon Mathis Republican 26th–Visalia
Acting Chief Clerk Sue Parker
Acting Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Alisa Buckley
Chaplain Reverend Patti Oshita (Buddhist Churches of America)

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


DistrictNamePartyResidenceFirst electedTerm limitedNotes
1 Megan Dahle Republican Bieber 2019†2030
2 Jim Wood Democratic Santa Rosa 20142026
3 James Gallagher Republican Yuba City 20142026
4 Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Democratic Winters 20162028
5 Frank Bigelow Republican O'Neals 20122024
6 Kevin Kiley Republican Rocklin 20162028
7 Kevin McCarty Democratic Sacramento 20142026
8 Ken Cooley Democratic Rancho Cordova 20122024
9 Jim Cooper Democratic Elk Grove 20142026
10 Marc Levine Democratic Greenbrae 20122024
11 Jim Frazier Democratic Discovery Bay 20122024
12 Heath Flora Republican Ripon 20162028
13 Carlos Villapudua Democratic Stockton 20202032
14 Tim Grayson Democratic Concord 20162028
15 Buffy Wicks Democratic Oakland 20182030
16 Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Democratic Orinda 20182030
17 David Chiu Democratic San Francisco 20142026
18 Rob Bonta Democratic Alameda 20122024
19 Phil Ting Democratic San Francisco 20122024
20 Bill Quirk Democratic Hayward 20122024
21 Adam Gray Democratic Merced 20122024
22 Kevin Mullin Democratic South San Francisco 20122024
23 Jim Patterson Republican Fresno 20122024
24 Marc Berman Democratic Palo Alto 20162028
25 Alex Lee Democratic San Jose 20202032
26 Devon Mathis Republican Visalia 20142026
27 Ash Kalra Democratic San Jose 20162028
28 Evan Low Democratic Campbell 20142026
29 Mark Stone Democratic Scotts Valley 20122024
30 Robert Rivas Democratic Hollister 20182030
31 Joaquin Arambula Democratic Fresno 2016Dagger-14-plain.png2028
32 Rudy Salas Democratic Bakersfield 20122024
33 Thurston Smith Republican Hesperia 20202032
34 Vince Fong Republican Bakersfield 20162028
35 Jordan Cunningham Republican Paso Robles 20162028
36 Tom Lackey Republican Palmdale 20142026
37 Steve Bennett Democratic Ojai 20202032
38 Suzette Martinez Valladares Republican Santa Clarita 20202032
39 Luz Rivas Democratic North Hollywood 2018Dagger-14-plain.png2030
40 James Ramos Democratic Highland 20182030
41 Chris Holden Democratic Pasadena 20122024
42 Chad Mayes Independent Yucca Valley 20142026Changed party affiliation on December 6, 2019 [7]
43 Laura Friedman Democratic Glendale 20162028
44 Jacqui Irwin Democratic Thousand Oaks 20142026
45 Jesse Gabriel Democratic Encino 2018Dagger-14-plain.png2030
46 Adrin Nazarian Democratic Sherman Oaks 20122024
47 Eloise Reyes Democratic Grand Terrace 20162028Majority Leader
48 Blanca Rubio Democratic Baldwin Park 20162028
49 Ed Chau Democratic Arcadia 20122024
50 Richard Bloom Democratic Santa Monica 20122024
51 Wendy Carrillo Democratic Boyle Heights 2017Dagger-14-plain.png2030
52 Freddie Rodriguez Democratic Pomona 2013Dagger-14-plain.png2024
53 Miguel Santiago Democratic Los Angeles 20142026
54 Sydney Kamlager-Dove Democratic Los Angeles 2018Dagger-14-plain.png2030
55 Phillip Chen Republican Yorba Linda 20162028
56 Eduardo Garcia Democratic Coachella 20142026
57 Lisa Calderon Democratic Whittier 20202032
58 Cristina Garcia Democratic Bell Gardens 20122024
59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer Democratic Los Angeles 20122024
60 Sabrina Cervantes Democratic Riverside 20162028
61 Jose Medina Democratic Riverside 20122024
62 Autumn Burke Democratic Marina del Rey 20142026
63 Anthony Rendon Democratic Lakewood 20122024Speaker
64 Mike Gipson Democratic Carson 20142026
65 Sharon Quirk-Silva Democratic Fullerton 20162026Previously served from 2012 to 2014.
66 Al Muratsuchi Democratic Rolling Hills Estates 20162026Previously served from 2012 to 2014.
67 Kelly Seyarto Republican Murrieta 20202032
68 Steven Choi Republican Irvine 20162028
69 Tom Daly Democratic Anaheim 20122024
70 Patrick O'Donnell Democratic Long Beach 20142026
71 Randy Voepel Republican Santee 20162028
72 Janet Nguyen Republican Garden Grove 20202028Previously served in the Senate from 2014 to 2018
73 Laurie Davies Republican Laguna Niguel 20202032
74 Cottie Petrie-Norris Democratic Laguna Beach 20182030
75 Marie Waldron Republican Escondido 20122024Minority Leader
76 Tasha Boerner Horvath Democratic Encinitas 20182030
77 Brian Maienschein Democratic San Diego 20122024Changed party affiliation on January 24, 2019 [8] [9]
78 Chris Ward Democratic San Diego 20202032
79 Shirley Weber Democratic San Diego 20122024
80 Lorena Gonzalez Democratic San Diego 2013Dagger-14-plain.png2024

Seating chart

Chu Bonta Vacant Lackey Brough Waldron Calderon Petrie-Norris Rubio Holden Smith Irwin
Dahle Cunningham Santiago Cooper Diep Flora Wicks Gipson Limón Bloom C. Garcia Chau
Kiley Fong Patterson Gallagher Grayson Daly Ting Gray Maienschein McCarty Mathis Obernolte
Chen Bigelow Wood Cooley Carrillo L. Rivas Reyes Quirk-Silva Low Burke Choi Voepel
Medina Rodriguez Frazier Jones-Sawyer R. Rivas Kalra Weber Kamlager Muratsuchi Chiu Nazarian Levine
Gonzalez Boerner Horvath Quirk Bauer-Kahan O'Donnell Friedman Aguiar-Curry Eggman Cervantes Salas Arambula Ramos
Berman Gabriel E. Garcia Rendon Mullin Gloria Mayes Stone

Past composition of the Assembly


Current committees include: [10]



Recent sessions

See also

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