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California Senate

Job Description

Starting Salary: $107,242

The Golden State’s upper legislative chamber will be filling 20 of its 40 total positions.

Working conditions will depend on the partisan breakdown of all new hires. With the current composition of the Senate—26 Democrats and 14 Republicans—Democrats are one position short of holding a supermajority. A supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate would allow Democrats, if united, to raise taxes, override vetoes, place constitutional amendments on the ballot, and give them the option to ignore their Republican colleagues.

Job duties include:

  • Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over bills that will affect the lives of all Californians
  • Retain the option of waiting until the very last week of session before passing or dumping most of said bills in a flurry
  • Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over resolutions that will affect the lives of virtually no Californians
  • Help craft a multi-billion-dollar budget for the state
  • Strive to represent the interests of 1 million constituents, most of them strangers

We especially seek applicants from the following regions of California, as the current position-holders are not re-applying for the job: Amador City/Oakdale (District 8), Merced/Modesto (District 12), Bakersfield/Visalia (District 16), West Covina/Azusa (District 22), Los Angeles (District 24) or San Diego/Escondido (District 38).

Applicants from all other districts will be considered alongside those of the current job holders, who will be applying again. In the last hiring round, 100 percent of reapplying incumbents were re-hired. So good luck to the newcomers.

Perks: $183, tax free, per day for every day in session—and higher salary for leadership positions

Hiring Update

The H.R. department has provided additional analysis for the following competitive positions that will shape the Legislature’s partisan balance of power: Senate districts 12, 14 and 34.

We’ve also provided analysis for these positions that present unusual circumstances for voters: Senate districts 18, 22 and 32.

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Competitive Positions

Senate Districts

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District 1
  • District 12
  • District 14
  • District 22
  • District 32
  • District 34
Democrat
Anna Caballero

California State Assemblywoman

Republican
Rob Poythress

Farmer/Business Owner

HR Note

Incumbent Party: Republican
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 18% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 20.2% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 21%

This is a seat Democrats would love to flip. For the last eight years it’s been held by a moderate Republican, Sen. Anthony Cannella, who is now forced out by term limits. Democrats have the advantage in this rural district, which stretches east from the Salinas Valley into Merced County, but voters have chosen a Republican in the last several elections. Republican Madera County Supervisor Rob Poythress has the support of Cannella, while Democrat Anna Caballero, an assemblywoman, is endorsed by unions representing nurses, teachers and farmworkers. This is a competitive district, so voters will shape the balance of power in Sacramento.

Other Positions

District 2:

Job Applicants:
Veronica “Roni” Jacobi, Business Owner/Engineer (Democrat)
Mike Mcguire*, State Senator (Democrat)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 30.6% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 43.7% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 40%

District 4:

Job Applicants:
Phillip Kim, Community Organizer (Democrat)
James Nielsen*, Rancher/State Senator (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 3.9% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 8% Trump
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 27.4%

District 6:

Job Applicants:
Richard Pan*, Pediatrician/State Senator (Democrat)
Eric Frame, Business Owner (No Party Preference)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 27.6% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 41% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 7.6%

District 8:

Job Applicants:
Paulina Miranda, Business Woman (Democrat)
Andreas Borgeas, County Supervisor/Educator (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican (Open Seat)
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 7.6% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 10.3% Trump
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 33%

District 10:

Job Applicants:
Bob Wieckowski*, State Senator (Democrat)
Victor G. San Vicente, Small Business Owner (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 36.3% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 54.9% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 36%

District 16:

Job Applicants:
Ruth Musser-Lopez, Archaeologist/Businesswoman (Democrat)
Shannon Grove, Small Businesswoman (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican (Open Seat)
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 13.9% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 23.9% Trump
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 45.6%

District 18:

Job Applicants:
Bob Hertzberg*, State Senator (Democrat)
Rudy Melendez, Laborer/Artist (Republican)

Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 38.5% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 57.1% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 40.4%

District 20:

Job Applicants:
Connie Leyva*, Incumbent (Democrat)
Matthew Munson, Inventory Processor (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 28.4% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 41.1% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 24.8%

District 24:

Job Applicants:
Peter Choi, Nonprofit President (Democrat)
Maria Elena Durazo, Union Vice President (Democrat)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic (Open Seat)
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 50.4% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 73.8% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 31.6%

District 26:

Job Applicants:
Ben Allen*, California State Senator (Democrat)
Baron Bruno, Real Estate Agent (No Party Preference)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 26.5% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 48.4% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 20.6%

District 28:

Job Applicants:
Joy Silver, Businesswoman/Housing Advisor (Democrat)
Jeff Stone*, State Senator/Pharmacist (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 3.4% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 1.9% Trump
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 6%

District 30:

Job Applicants:
Holly J. Mitchell*, State Senator (Democrat)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 58% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 79.5% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 37.6%

District 36:

Job Applicants:
Marggie Castellano, Businesswoman/Environmental Advocate (Democrat)
Patricia C. ‘Pat’ Bates*, California State Senator (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 9.6% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 2.3% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 31.4%

District 38:

Job Applicants:
Jeff Griffith, Fire Captain/Paramedic (Democrat)
Brian W. Jones, Appointed Councilmember/Businessman (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Republican (Open Seat)
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 9.7% R
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 5.3% Trump
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 37.8%

District 40:

Job Applicants:
Ben Hueso*, California State Senator (Democrat)
Luis R. Vargas, Retired Judge (Republican)

District Description:
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 26.4% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 42.4% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 9.8%