2014 Federal & State Election Roundup

The Nov. 4 elections brought sweeping changes to the balance of power in Washington. In the House, Republicans increased their strong advantage, adding at least 10 more seats to expand their majority. In the Senate, GOP candidates took control of seats held by Democrats in at least seven states – more than enough to seize control of the chamber for the first time since 2007. Although two Senate races remain undeclared (Alaska and Louisiana), Republicans are still expected to fall shy of the 60 vote threshold needed to block a filibuster.

Of California’s 53-member congressional delegation, at least 42 incumbents will return to Washington, D.C. to serve in the 114th Congress. However, the “Republican Wave” sweeping across the nation has also come home to California, with five Democratic incumbents still ensconced in too close to call races with Republican challengers. While the delegation will remain overwhelmingly “blue” even if all GOP challengers prevail in pending competitions, these close races certainly send a message that partisan polarization and legislative gridlock will no longer be accepted as “business as usual.”

The 2012 election brought 14 new members – a record number – to the California delegation. Redistricting caused several long-serving representatives to retire, while other incumbents suffered bitter contests. As with the 2012 cycle, this 2014 election will not result in sweeping party changes for California at the federal level, but the loss of institutional knowledge on both sides of the aisle creates both significant challenges as well as opportunities. 2014 saw another wave of long-serving members announce retirements – Reps. John Campbell (R-Irvine), Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), George Miller (D-Martinez), and Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) – further making a significant dent in delegation seniority.
As of Nov. 6, at least 20 members of California’s congressional delegation in the 114th Congress will be in their first or second term. CHI is well positioned to represent the state’s life sciences sector in the upcoming Congress, having held numerous meetings and developed strong relationships with returning and newly elected members. We are excited for the opportunity to engage with these new legislators, to help them better understand and appreciate our state’s unique biomedical innovation ecosystem.

Notably, 10 of last congress’ landmark 14-member freshmen class have secured re-election:

  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
  • Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA-2)
  • Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA-8)
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15)
  • Rep. David Valadao (R-CA-21)
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29)
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA-36)
  • Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47)
  • Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)

(Note: Three of the remaining four members of the current freshmen class are still embattled in too-close-to-call races, including CHI 2014 Visionary Award recipient Rep. Scott Peters. Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA-35) retired after one term to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.)

California’s congressional delegation in the 114th Congress will also include six new members, comprised of five current state senators and one city mayor:

  • CA-11: In the East Bay, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D) defeated retired immigration judge Tue Phan (R) to replace retiring 20-term incumbent Rep. George Miller (D).
  • CA-25: In Los Angeles/Ventura County, State Sen. Steve Knight (R) defeated former state senator Tony Strickland (R) to replace retiring GOP Rep. Buck McKeon.
  • CA-33: In Santa Monica/Los Angeles County, State Sen. Ted Lieu (D) defeated L.A. deputy district attorney Elan Carr (R) to replace retiring 20-term incumbent Rep. Henry Waxman (D).
  • CA-31: Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) defeated challenger Paul Chabot (R) in this Inland Empire race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Gary Miller.
  • CA-35: State Sen. Norma Torres (D) secured 63.3 percent of the vote and will replace retiring freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) in this Inland Empire seat.
  • CA-45: State Sen. Mimi Walters (R) won 65.4 percent of the vote and will replace retiring Rep. John Campbell (R) in this Orange/San Diego County congressional district.

Five races are still too-close-to-call:

  • CA-7: Former Rep. Doug Ose (R) has a slim 2.8 percent lead over freshman incumbent Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D) in this Sacramento district.
  • CA-9: Incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) has a narrow 3 percent lead over former U.S. Marshal Tony Amador (R) in this San Joaquin County-centered district.
  • CA-16: Incumbent Rep. Jim Costa (D) is 736 votes (1 percent) behind dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra (R) in this Merced/Fresno/Madera County seat.
  • CA-26: In Ventura County, incumbent freshman Rep. Julia Brownley (D) has a 530 vote (0.4 percent) lead over challenger Jeff Gorell (R), who currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the California Assembly Budget Committee.
  • CA-52: In La Jolla, freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D) is 752 votes (0.6 percent) behind former San Diego city councilman and 2012 mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio (R).

Other notable races:

  • CA-3: This race unexpectedly went down to the wire, with incumbent Rep. John Garamendi (D) finally prevailing Wednesday afternoon with a 5.4 percent narrow victory over north state Assemblyman Dan Logue (R) in this Colusa/Sutter/Yuba County district.
  • CA-15: In this East Bay Area district, freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) secured an easy victory over Hugh Bussell (R) with 69 percent of the vote. In the June primary, Swalwell and Bussell both beat out Democratic State Sen. Ellen Corbett, who was backed by former Rep. Pete Stark (D), who Swalwell ousted in 2012 after 20 terms in Congress.
  • CA-17: In the South Bay Area, seven-term incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D) edged out attorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna (D) by about five points. The Honda-Khanna race was one of the most costly and competitive intra-party races of the year.
  • CA-18: In Silicon Valley, 24-year incumbent Rep. Anna Eshoo (D) sailed to victory with 66.3 percent of the vote. Eshoo is currently seeking the Democratic top slot (ranking member) of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over many of CHI’s key policy priorities (including, for example, legislation related to public health and research, regulation of drugs/devices/biologics, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement). In Dec., the Democratic Caucus will choose between her and New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone (D), who currently serves as ranking member of the Health Subcommittee, for this leadership position.
  • CA-24: In Santa Barbara, Rep. Lois Capps (D) survived a closer than expected race with a 3.2-point victory over challenger Chris Mitchum (R), an actor and former vice president of the Screen Actors Guild. Generally considered a safe seat for the Democratic Party, Mitchum narrowed the gap in late Oct. but was ultimately unable to edge past Capps.

State Election Roundup

As of Nov. 6, there are 32 incoming freshmen members of the state Assembly and Senate. These legislators will serve under the new term limits of 12 years along with the huge class of 42 new legislators from the 2012 election. As you will see below, many races are still in flux and may not be resolved for some time. This election cycle contributes to a significant reshaping of California’s Legislature.

Supermajority outcome: The Democrats lost the supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature with Republicans picking up critical seats in the Senate and Assembly.

* Denotes incumbents

Statewide Offices

Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. (D) 58.7%*
Neel Kashikari (R) 41.3%

Gov. Jerry Brown was supported by CHIPAC. Brown won re-election easily over his opponent Neel Kashkari. The governor spent this election season traveling the state campaigning for Proposition 1, Funding Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, Storage and Proposition 2, State Budget Stabilization Account. This will be Governor Brown’s fourth term in office making him the longest serving Governor in California history.

Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom (D) 55.9%*
Ron Nehring (R) 44.1%

Secretary of State
Alex Padilla (D) 52.5%
Pete Peterson (R) 47.5%

Betty T. Yee (D) 52.8%
Ashley Swearengin (R) 47.2%

John Chiang (D) 57.7%
Greg Conlon (R) 42.3%

Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris (D) 56.3%*
Ronald Gold (R) 43.7%

Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones (D) 56.3%*
Ted Gaines (R) 42.7%

Dave Jones was supported by CHIPAC

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson (Non-Partisan) 52.1%*
Marshall Tuck (Non-Partisan) 47.9%

Statewide Propositions

Proposition 1 (Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) – PASSED

  • Authorizes $7.12 billion in general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects, such as surface and groundwater storage; ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration; drinking water protection; water supply management; water recycling and advanced water treatment technology; and flood control.
  • Reallocates $425 million of unused bond authority from prior water bond acts, for same purposes.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.
  • Requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources in order to receive bond funds.

Proposition 2 (State Budget Stabilization Account) – PASSED

  • Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account, or “rainy day fund.”
  • Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts.
  • Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits.
  • Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts.
  • Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials.
  • Smaller local reserves for some school districts.

Proposition 45 (Healthcare Insurance, Rate Changes) – FAILED

  • Imposes on the health insurance rate regulation system what Proposition 103 imposed on auto and home insurance.
  • Requires any changes to health insurance rates, or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance, would need to first be approved by the Calif. Insurance Commissioner before taking effect.
  • Provides for public notice, disclosure and hearing on health insurance rate changes and then a subsequent judicial review.
  • Prohibits health, auto and homeowners insurers from determining policy eligibility or rates based on lack of prior coverage or credit history.

Proposition 46 (Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors, Medical Negligence Lawsuits) – FAILED

  • Increases the state’s cap on non-economic damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the current cap of $250,000.
  • Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board.
  • Gives the Medical Board the authority to suspend doctors pending investigation of positive tests and take disciplinary action if the doctor was found impaired while on duty.

Proposition 47 (Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties) – PASSED

  • Mandates misdemeanors instead of felonies for “non-serious, nonviolent crimes,” unless the defendant has prior convictions for murder, rape, certain sex offenses or certain gun crimes.
  • The measure would require misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:
    • Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950.
    • Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950.
    • Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950.
    • Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950.
    • Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950.
    • Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950.
    • Personal use of most illegal drugs.

Board of Equalization

Board of Equalization Member District 1
George Runner (R) 58.8%
Chris Parker (D) 41.2%

George Runner was supported by CHIPAC

Board of Equalization Member District 2
Fiona Ma (D) 67.4%
James E. Theis (R) 32.6%

Fiona Ma was supported by CHIPAC

Board of Equalization Member District 3
Jerome E. Horton (D) 61.8%*
G. Rick Marshall (R) 38.2%

Jerome Horton was supported by CHIPAC

Board of Equalization Member District 4
Diane L. Harkey (R) 62.0%
Nader Shahatit (D) 38.0 %

Diane Harkey was supported by CHIPAC

State Assembly Open SeatsAD 2
Jim Wood (D) 63.8%
Matt Heath (R) 36.2%Jim Wood was supported by CHIPACAD 3
James Gallagher (R) 63.1%
Jim Reed (D) 36.9%AD 4
Bill Dodd (D) 60.9%
Charlie Schaupp (R) 39.1%Bill Dodd was supported by CHIPACAD 7
Kevin McCarty (D) 58.3%
Steve Cohn (D) 41.7%

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Jim Cooper (D) 56.1%
Darrell Fong (D) 43.1%

Jim Cooper was supported by CHIPAC

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Tony Thurmond (D) 54.3%
Elizabeth Echols (D) 45.7%

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Catharine Baker (R) 51.9%
Tim Sbranti (D) 48.1%

Tim Sbranti won a difficult and bruising primary to face off with first-time candidate Catharine Baker in an expensive general election that drew extensive spending from independent expenditure interests like the California Teachers Association (Sbranti) and billionaire Charles Munger (Baker). Baker currently has the advantage, but this race is too close to call.

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David Chiu (D) 51.4%
David Campos (D) 48.6%

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Kansen Chu (D) 68.4%
Bob Brunton (R) 31.6

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Devon Mathis (R) 55.6%
Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendoza (R) 44.4%

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Evan Low (D) 58.2%
Chuck Page (R) 41.8%

Evan Low was supported by CHIPAC

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Jay Obernolte (R) 66.0%
John Coffey (D) 34.0%

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Marc Steinorth (R) 56.4%
Kathleen Henry (D) 43.6%

Mark Steinorth was supported by CHIPAC

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Chad Mayes (R) 57.6%
Karalee Hargrove (D) 42.4%

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Jacqui Irwin (D) 51.1%
Rob McCoy (R) 48.9

Jacqui Irwin was supported by CHIPAC. Irwin, a moderate Democrat, appears to have narrowly edged out conservative Republican pastor, Rob McCoy in this Thousand Oaks seat.

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Miguel Santiago (D) 64.2%
Sandra Mendoza (D) 35.8%

Miguel Santiago was supported by CHIPAC

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Ling-Ling Chang (R) 63.4%
Gregg Fritchle (D) 36.6%

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Eduardo Garcia (D) 56.8%
Charles Bennett Jr. (R) 43.2%

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Autumn Burke (D) 75.7%
Ted Grose (R) 24.3%

Autumn Burke was supported by CHIPAC

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Mike Gipson (D) 64.1%
Prophet La’Omar Walker (D) 35.9%

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Patrick O’Donnell (D) 62.0%
John Goya (R) 37.0%

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Bill Brough (R) 68.0%
Wendy Gabriella (D) 32.0%

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Matthew Harper (R) 59.0%
Keith Curry (R) 41.0%

Contested State Assembly Incumbent Seats

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Adam Gray (D) 52.4%*
Jack Mobley (R) 47.6%

Adam Gray was supported by CHIPAC

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Tom Lackey (R) 61.5%*
Steve Fox (D) 38.5%

Democratic Assemblymember Steve Fox lost overwhelmingly to Republican Tom Lackey. Fox narrowly won this seat in 2012 and Republicans targeted it to recover this cycle.

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Patty Lopez (D) 50.3% TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Raul Bocanegra (D) 49.7%*

Raul Bocanegra was supported by CHIPAC. In what has been the shock upset, incumbent Bocanegra appears to have been beaten by an unknown opponent. Because of the tight results, there will be close attention paid to provisional ballots as well as a possible recount.

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Ian Calderon (D) 51.4%*
Rita Topalian (R) 48.6%

Ian Calderon was supported by CHIPAC

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Young Kim (R) 56.0%
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) 44.0%*

Democrat Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva won this seat in 2012 in an upset ousting incumbent Republican Assemblymember Chris Norby. Quirk-Silva was challenged by first time candidate Young Kim. Kim distinguished herself as one of the strongest candidates this cycle by raising over $500,000 for her race.

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David F. Hadley (R) 51.4% TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Al Muratsuchi (D) 48.6%*

Al Muratsuchi was supported by CHIPAC. Muratsuchi, the incumbent, appears to have lost to challenger David Hadley. This race will likely take additional time to be determined while provisional ballots are counted.

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State Senate – Open SeatsSD 2
Mike McGuire (D) 68.7%
Lawrence R. Wiesner (R) 31.3%Mike McGuire was supported by CHIPACSD 6
Richard Pan (D) 53.1%
Roger Dickinson (D) 46.9%Richard Pan was supported by CHIPAC. This Sacramento area race featured Dr. Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, both current California Assemblymembers, facing off with the backing of the trial lawyers (Dickenson) and business and labor (Pan).SD 10
Bob Wieckowski (D) 67.9%
Peter Kuo (R) 32.1%SD 18
Bob Hertzberg (D) 69.9%
Ricardo Antonio Benitez (R) 30.1%

Bob Hertzberg was supported by CHIPAC

SD 20
Connie M. Leyva (D) 62.2%
Matthew Munson (R) 37.8%

SD 26
Ben Allen (D) 60.8%
Sandra Fluke (D) 39.2%

SD 28
Jeff Stone (R) 53.5%
Bonnie Garcia (R) 46.5%

SD 32
Tony Mendoza (R) 51.8%
Mario Guerra (R) 48.2%

Tony Mendoza was supported by CHIPAC

SD 34
Jose Solorio (D) 40.0%
Janet Nguyen (R) 60.0%

Jose Solorio was supported by CHIPAC. The race between Democrat Jose Solorio and Republican Janet Nguyen has been one of the most costly of the cycle. As one of the only competitive “swing” seats (a district with close Democratic and Republican voter registration), Democrats and Republicans have been looking at this seat as an opportunity to increase their numbers. As the only two candidates in the race in the primary and general, both raised a significant amount of money and campaigned hard all year.

SD 36
Pat Bates (R) 66.0%
Gary Kephart (D) 34.0%

Contested State Senate Incumbent Seats

SD 14
Andy Vidak (R) 55.5%*
Luis Chavez (D) 44.5%

Andy Vidak was supported by CHIPAC. Senator Vidak won this seat a year ago in a special election. Redistricting necessitated he run again for the seat this year. Even with an overwhelming registration disadvantage, Vidak easily carried the district in both the primary and in the general election.

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