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The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. There are 80 members in the Assembly, representing an approximately equal number of constituents, with each district having a population of at least 420,000. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population per representative ratio of any state legislature lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United Statesmarker; only the federal U.S. House of Representatives has a larger ratio. Since a referendum in 1990, members of the Assembly are restricted by term limits, confining them to three two-year terms (six years).

The Assembly convenes at the California State Capitolmarker in Sacramentomarker.

Leadership of the Assembly

The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the 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 on passage of a floor vote. Other Assembly 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 Karen Bass (47th-Los Angelesmarker). The Majority Leader is Democrat Alberto Torrico (20th-Newarkmarker). The Minority Leader is Republican Sam Blakeslee (33rd-San Luis Obispomarker).

Assembly chamber

The chamber's green tones are based on the British House of Commonsmarker. 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 quotation from him in Latin: legislatorum est iustas leges condere ("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws"). Almost every decorating element is identical to the Senate Chamber.


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Independent Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 48 0 32 80 0
Begin 51 0 29 80 0
May 19, 2009 50 79 1
June 23, 2009 49 1
September 9, 2009 28 78 2
September 10, 2009 50 79 1
Latest voting share 63.3% 1.3% 35.4%



Seating chart

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Adams Tran * Silva Emmerson * Knight Blakeslee * Torrico Davis * Evans Saldaña * Hall Portantino

Fletcher Smyth * V. M. Perez Cook * Nestande Gaines * Krekorian Feuer * Salas Furutani * Hill Arambula

Mendoza Caballero * Huffman Carter * Swanson Eng * de León Ruskin * Solorio Skinner * Torres Gilmore

Monning De La Torre * Fong Yamada * Brownley Ma * Torlakson Calderon * Jeffries Harkey * Hayashi Galgiani

T. Berryhill Miller * Anderson Huber * Fuller Logue * Block * Nielsen DeVore * Bradford Lowenthal

Strickland B. Berryhill * Buchanan Hagman * Lieu Hernandez * Niello Garrick * Conway Villines * Nava Ammiano

* * * Jones Beall * Chesbro J. Pérez * Bass Blumenfield * Fuentes Coto * * *

Candidate qualifications

To run for Member of the Assembly, the 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 IV, 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, even though it is the legal opinion of the California Secretary of State's office that these provisions violate the United States Constitution.

Officers information

The Office of the Sergeant at Arms is the division which protects the assemblymen of the California State Assembly. The chief sergeant at arms is the head of this division. This position has existed since December 15 1849 when Samuel N. Houston became California's first Sergeant at Arms. Official website of the Sergeant at Arms

See also


  1. Curren Price resigned after being elected to the State Senate
  2. Steven Bradford elected to succeed Price

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