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State Senate

State Legislature



Upper house
Upper house
of the California
State Legislature

Term limits

Elected before 2012: 2 terms (8 years) Elected 2012 and after: 3 terms (12 years)


New session started

December 5, 2016


President of the Senate

Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom
(D) Since January 10, 2011

President pro tempore

Toni Atkins
Toni Atkins
(D) Since March 21, 2018

Majority Leader

Bill Monning
Bill Monning
(D) Since December 17, 2014

Minority Leader

Patricia Bates
Patricia Bates
(R) Since April 12, 2017


Seats 40

Political groups

Majority   Democratic (26) Minority   Republican (13)

Length of term

4 years

Authority Article 4, California

Salary $104,118/year + per diem


Last election

November 8, 2016 (20 seats)

Next election

November 6, 2018 (20 seats)

Redistricting California
Citizens Redistricting Commission


Senatoris est civitatis libertatem tueri ("It is a senator's duty to protect the liberty of the people.")

Meeting place

State Senate Chamber California
State Capitol Sacramento, California



The California
State Senate is the upper house of the California
State Legislature. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the State Senate has the largest population per representative ratio of any state legislative house. In the United States House of Representatives, California
is apportioned 53 representatives, each representing approximately 704,566 people,[1] while in the State Senate, each of the 40 Senators represents approximately 931,349 people,[2] with the result that California
state senators each actually represent more voters than California's representatives to the United States Congress
United States Congress
do. Each member represents a population roughly equivalent to the state of Delaware. 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 two four-year terms (eight 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.[3] The State Senate convenes at the California State Capitol
California State Capitol
in Sacramento. In the current session, Democrats control 26 seats, one short of a two-thirds supermajority of the chamber. Republicans control 13 seats.


1 History 2 Leadership 3 Meeting chamber 4 Composition

4.1 Officers 4.2 Members 4.3 Seating chart

5 Past composition of the Senate 6 Committees

6.1 Standing 6.2 Joint

7 Offices 8 See also 9 References 10 External links


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Prior to 1967, state legislative districts were drawn according to the "Little Federal Model" by which Assembly seats were drawn to according to population and Senate seats were drawn according to county lines. The guidelines were that no Senate district would include more than three counties and none would include less than one complete county. This led to the situation of a populous county such as Los Angeles County being accorded the same number of state senators (1) as less populous counties such as Humboldt County. In Reynolds v. Sims, the United States Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
compelled all states to draw up districts with equal population. As such, boundaries were changed to comply with the ruling. Leadership[edit] The Lieutenant Governor is the ex officio President of the Senate and may break a tied vote. The President pro tempore is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full senate. 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 president pro tem is Democrat Toni Atkins
Toni Atkins
(39th–San Diego). The minority leader is Republican Patricia Bates (36th–Laguna Niguel). Meeting chamber[edit] The red tones of the California
State Senate Chamber are based on the British House of Lords, which is outfitted in a similar color. The dais rests along a wall shaped like an "E", with its central projection housing the rostrum. The Lower tier dais runs across the entire chamber, there are several chairs and computers used by the senate officers, the most prominent seat is reserved for the secretary who calls the roll. The higher tier is smaller, with three chairs, the two largest and most ornate chairs are used by the President Pro Tempore (right chair) and the Lieutenant Governor (left chair). The third and smallest chair, placed in the center, is used by the presiding officer (acting in place of the Pro Tem) and is rarely sat in as the president is expected to stand. There are four other chairs flanking the dais used by the highest non-member officials attending the senate, a foreign dignitary or state officer for example. Each of the 40 senators is provided a desk, microphone and two chairs, one for the senator, another for guests or legislative aides. Almost every decorating element is identical to the Assembly Chamber. Along the cornice appears a portrait of George Washington
George Washington
and the Latin quotation: senatoris est civitatis libertatem tueri ("It is a senator's duty to protect the liberty of the people"). Composition[edit]

Composition of the California
State Senate   Democratic Party   Republican Party

26 1 13

Democratic V Republican

Affiliation Party (Shading indicates majority caucus)


Democratic Republican Vacant

End of previous legislature 26 13 39 1

Begin 27 13 40 0

February 22, 2018 26 39 1

Latest voting share 7001650000000000000♠65% 7001325000000000000♠32.5%


Position Name Party District

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Democratic

President pro tempore Toni Atkins Democratic 39th–San Diego

Majority leader Bill Monning Democratic 17th–Carmel

Majority whip Nancy Skinner Democratic 9th–Berkeley

Majority caucus chair Connie Leyva Democratic 20th–Chino

Majority caucus vice chair Mike McGuire Democratic 2nd–Healdsburg

Minority leader Patricia Bates Republican 36th–Laguna Niguel

Minority caucus chair Jim Nielsen Republican 4th–Gerber

Minority whip Ted Gaines Republican 1st–El Dorado Hills

Secretary Daniel Alvarez

Sergeant-at-Arms Jodie Barnett

Chaplain Sister Michelle Gorman

The Secretary, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Chaplain
are not members of the Legislature. Members[edit]

District Name Party Residence First elected Term limited Notes

1 Ted Gaines Republican El Dorado Hills 2011 2020

2 Mike McGuire Democratic Healdsburg 2014 2026

3 Bill Dodd Democratic Napa 2016 2024

4 Jim Nielsen Republican Gerber 2013 2022 Previously served from 1978 to 1990.

5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic Stockton 2012 2020

6 Richard Pan Democratic Sacramento 2014 2022

7 Steve Glazer Democratic Orinda 2015 2028

8 Tom Berryhill Republican Modesto 2010 2018

9 Nancy Skinner Democratic Berkeley 2016 2024

10 Bob Wieckowski Democratic Fremont 2014 2022

11 Scott Wiener Democratic San Francisco 2016 2028

12 Anthony Cannella Republican Ceres 2010 2018

13 Jerry Hill Democratic San Mateo 2012 2020

14 Andy Vidak Republican Hanford 2013 2026

15 Jim Beall Democratic San Jose 2012 2020

16 Jean Fuller Republican Bakersfield 2010 2018

17 Bill Monning Democratic Carmel 2012 2020

18 Robert Hertzberg Democratic Van Nuys 2014 2022

19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic Santa Barbara 2012 2020

20 Connie Leyva Democratic Chino 2014 2026

21 Scott Wilk Republican Santa Clarita 2016 2024

22 Ed Hernandez Democratic West Covina 2010 2018

23 Mike Morrell Republican Rancho Cucamonga 2014 2020

24 Kevin de León Democratic Los Angeles 2010 2018 President pro tempore from October 15, 2014, to March 21, 2018

25 Anthony Portantino Democratic La Cañada Flintridge 2016 2024

26 Ben Allen Democratic Santa Monica 2014 2026

27 Henry Stern Democratic Canoga Park 2016 2028

28 Jeff Stone Republican Temecula 2014 2026

29 Josh Newman Democratic Fullerton 2016 2028

30 Holly Mitchell Democratic Los Angeles 2013 2022

31 Richard Roth Democratic Riverside 2012 2024

32 Vacant

33 Ricardo Lara Democratic Bell Gardens 2012 2020

34 Janet Nguyen Republican Fountain Valley 2014 2026

35 Steven Bradford Democratic Gardena 2016 2024

36 Patricia Bates Republican Laguna Niguel 2014 2022 Minority leader

37 John Moorlach Republican Costa Mesa 2015 2028

38 Joel Anderson Republican Alpine 2010 2018

39 Toni Atkins Democratic San Diego 2016 2024 President pro tempore since March 21, 2018

40 Ben Hueso Democratic San Diego 2013 2022

elected in a special election

Seating chart[edit]

              President Newsom

Wilk Anderson   Moorlach Vidak   Hueso Hernandez   Roth Galgiani   Hertzberg Wieckowski   Pan McGuire

Morrell Stone   Nguyen Bates   Bradford Hill   Lara Allen   Vacant Wiener   Leyva Portantino

Gaines Nielsen   Berryhill Cannella   Fuller Dodd   Jackson Mitchell   Glazer Atkins   Stern Beall

            Skinner De León   Monning Newman

Past composition of the Senate[edit] Main article: Political party strength in California Committees[edit] Current committees include:[4] Standing[edit]

Senate Committee on Agriculture Senate Committee on Appropriations

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness

Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections

Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development Senate Committee on Education

Senate Education Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities

Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Senate Committee on Environmental Quality Senate Committee on Governmental Organizations Senate Committee on Governance and Finance Senate Committee on Health Senate Committee on Human Services Senate Committee on Insurance Senate Committee on Judiciary Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

Senate Natural Resources and Water Subcommittee on Urban Rivers

Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement Senate Committee on Public Safety Senate Committee on Rules Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs


Joint Committee on Arts Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation and Classification Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Joint Committee on Legislative Audit Joint Committee on Rules Joint Legislative Budget Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management


Senate Office of Research Senate Office of Demographics Senate Office of Floor Analysis Senate Office of International Relations Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes

See also[edit]


Bill (proposed law) California
State Senate districts California
State Senate election, 2016 California
State Legislature California
State Legislature, 2017–18 session California
State Assembly California
State Capitol California State Capitol
California State Capitol
Museum Districts in California Members of the California
State Legislature


^ "Apportionment Data". United States Census Bureau.  ^ "Senate Roster". State of California.  ^ "Article 4. Legislative". California
Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved December 1, 2012.  ^ " California
Senate Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

External links[edit]

Official website of the California
State Senate

Democratic Caucus Republican Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms

Map of the state senate districts California
legislative district maps from 1849 to the present

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Members of the California
State Senate

President of the Senate: Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom
(D) President pro Tempore: Toni Atkins
Toni Atkins
(D) Majority Leader: Bill Monning
Bill Monning
(D) Minority Leader: Patricia Bates
Patricia Bates

   Ted Gaines
Ted Gaines
(R)    Mike McGuire (D)    Bill Dodd (D)    Jim Nielsen
Jim Nielsen
(R)    Cathleen Galgiani
Cathleen Galgiani
(D)    Richard Pan
Richard Pan
(D)    Steve Glazer (D)    Tom Berryhill (R)    Nancy Skinner (D)    Bob Wieckowski
Bob Wieckowski
(D)    Scott Wiener (D)    Anthony Cannella (R)    Jerry Hill (D)    Andy Vidak (R)    Jim Beall (D)    Jean Fuller
Jean Fuller
(R)    Bill Monning
Bill Monning
(D)    Robert Hertzberg
Robert Hertzberg
(D)    Hannah-Beth Jackson
Hannah-Beth Jackson
(D)    Connie Leyva
Connie Leyva
(D)    Scott Wilk
Scott Wilk
(R)    Ed Hernandez
Ed Hernandez
(D)    Mike Morrell
Mike Morrell
(R)    Kevin de León
Kevin de León
(D)    Anthony Portantino (D)    Ben Allen (D)    Henry Stern (D)    Jeff Stone (R)    Josh Newman (D)    Holly Mitchell
Holly Mitchell
(D)    Richard Roth (D) (vacant)    Ricardo Lara
Ricardo Lara
(D)    Janet Nguyen
Janet Nguyen
(R)    Steven Bradford
Steven Bradford
(D)    Patricia Bates
Patricia Bates
(R)    John Moorlach
John Moorlach
(R)    Joel Anderson
Joel Anderson
(R)    Toni Atkins
Toni Atkins
(D)    Ben Hueso
Ben Hueso

   Democratic (26)    Republican (13) Vacancy (1) California
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