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California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
New session started
December 1, 2014
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
Chad Mayes (R)
Since January 4, 2016
Seats 80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
  Democratic (52)
  Republican (28)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 4, California Constitution
Salary $95,291/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
Next election
November 8, 2016
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
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
California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. It consists of 80 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 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.


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 Chad Mayes (42ndYucca Valley).

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.


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


Composition of the California State Assembly
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
51 1 28
Democratic V Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 55 24 79 1
Begin 52 28 80 0
December 31, 2015 51 79 1
Latest voting share 64.6% 35.4%


Position Name Party District
  Speaker Toni Atkins Democratic 78th–San Diego
  Speaker pro tempore Kevin Mullin Democratic 22nd–South San Francisco
  Assistant speaker pro tempore David Chiu Democratic 17th–San Francisco
  Majority floor leader Chris Holden Democratic 41st–Pasadena
  Assistant majority floor leader Cristina Garcia Democratic 58th–Bell Gardens
  Majority whip Miguel Santiago Democratic 53rd–Los Angeles
  Assistant majority whips Evan Low Democratic 28th–Campbell
  Jim Cooper Democratic 9th–Elk Grove
  Majority caucus chair Susan Eggman Democratic 13th–Stockton
  Minority leader Chad Mayes Republican 42nd–Yucca Valley
  Assistant minority leaders Frank Bigelow Republican 5th–O'Neals
  Jay Obernolte Republican 33rd–Big Bear Lake
  Kristin Olsen Republican 12th–Modesto
  Minority caucus chair Brian Jones Republican 71st–Santee
  Minority floor leader Marie Waldron Republican 75th–Escondido
  Deputy minority floor leader Bill Brough Republican 73rd–Dana Point
  Chief minority whip James Gallagher Republican 3rd–Nicolaus
  Minority whips Ling Ling Chang Republican 55th–Diamond Bar
  Beth Gaines Republican 6th–Roseville
Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson
Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Pane
Chaplain Father Constantine Papademos

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

Seating chart

Vacant Bonta Linder Olsen Wilk Mayes Holden Ridley-Thomas Alejo E. Garcia Williams Chu
Chávez Dahle Mathis Maienschein Gallagher Waldron Ting Nazarian Mullin Chiu Harper Steinorth
Brough Baker Brown Thurmond Gordon Daly C. Garcia López Bloom Gomez Wagner Grove
Bigelow Obernolte Wood Quirk Levine Chau Jones Kim Allen Lackey Dababneh Gipson
Chang Patterson Eggman Campos Hernandez Rendon Medina Low Gaines Hadley Weber Gonzalez
Rodriguez Santiago Salas Stone Calderon Jones-Sawyer Gatto Dodd Achadjian Melendez Bonilla Irwin
Frazier McCarty Gray O'Donnell Atkins Burke Cooley Cooper


Current committees include:[2]


  • Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative review
  • Assembly Committee on Aging And Long-Term Care
  • Assembly Committee on Agriculture
  • Assembly Committee on Appropriations
  • Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
  • Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance
  • Assembly Committee on Budget
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety
    • Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversight and Program Evaluation
  • Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
  • Assembly Committee on Education
  • Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting
  • Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
  • Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization
  • Assembly Committee on Health
  • Assembly Committee on Higher Education
  • Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development
  • Assembly Committee on Human Services
  • Assembly Committee on Insurance
  • Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
  • Assembly Committee on Judiciary
  • Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment
  • Assembly Committee on Local Government
  • Assembly Committee on Natural Resources
  • Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
  • Assembly Committee on Public Safety
  • Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation
  • Assembly Committee on Rules
  • Assembly Committee on Transportation
  • Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
  • Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife


  • 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

Recent sessions

See also


  1. "Article 4. Legislative". California Constitution. California Legislative Counsel. Retrieved November 14, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "California Assembly Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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