California Legislative Races
|The California State Legislature is made up of two houses
-- the Senate and the Assembly. The Senate is the upper house and is comprised of
40 representatives. Each Senator represents about 800,000 people. There are 80 representatives
in the Assembly, which is the lower house. Each Assembly member represents about
400,000 people. Senators and Assembly members receive an annual salary of $99,000
plus per diem; legislative leaders receive a slightly higher salary.
An Assembly member is elected to a two-year term, and is limited to serving three
terms. Senators are elected to four-year terms and are limited to serving two terms.
California's legislative districts are "nested", so that two Assembly districts
comprise one Senate district.
The California Voter Foundation has compiled information on each of the 80 California
Assembly races and 20 State Senate seats up this year. (Half of the Senate seats
are up for election each year -- this year the odd-numbered seats are up). Follow
the links to find a list of the candidates running in each district, their party
affiliation and contact information. You will also find links here to candidates'
web sites, which typically feature campaign literature, endorsement lists, position
papers, and information about how to contribute or volunteer.
If you're not sure which legislative districts you live in, you can check your Official
Sample Ballot, or take a look at CVF's tips
to help you determine your districts. Legislative district
maps are also available, courtesy of the Institute for Governmental Studies'
Statewide Database. Or if you know the names of the candidates in your area, use
our campaign web
site index to access their web sites.
For more in-depth information on state legislative candidates and their positions
on the issues, CVF recommends Smart Voter
and Project Vote Smart.
Contact information for current elected officials is available through CVF's State
Senate Roster and State
California Senate Races
(by district number)
California Assembly Races
(by district number)
Campaign Web Site Index