Legwatch 2013-14


John Perez Assembly District 53, Democrat


John Perez

Term limit: 2016


Personal data

Capitol office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2053
Fax: (916) 319-2153

Assembly Floor

District voter registration
Democrat: 41%
Republican: 35%
Other: 24%

District makeup
South Bay beach district encompassing the cities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Redondo Beach; the Los Angeles communities of Playa del Rey, Venice, Marina del Rey, portions of Mar Vista and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Source: California Target Book


Manufacturers in this district


John Perez biography:
John A. Pérez was elected in 2008 to represent the 46th Assembly District, comprising the cities of Maywood, Vernon, Huntington Park as well as the community of Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, unincorporated East Los Angeles and parts of South Los Angeles. In January 2010, he was elected Speaker of the California Assembly and was sworn in as the 68th Speaker on March 1, 2010.

Growing up in the working class communities of El Sereno and Highland Park, John’s parents taught him the value of hard work and community service. After attending the University of California at Berkeley, he became active in the Labor Movement, where he spent over 15 years working to create jobs, expand healthcare and protect workers’ rights. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, John served as Political Director for the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324, and previously served in a similar position for the California Labor Federation.

John’s commitment to the Labor Movement was matched by an equal commitment to civic involvement. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, where he led the effort to mandate a local hire agreement requiring 30% of all major construction jobs to be dedicated to local residents and those in need, providing those individuals with valuable experience and training in skilled professions.

John serves as an elected member of the Democratic National Committee. He has previously served as a board member for the California League of Conservation Voters and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. He was appointed by former Speaker Bob Hertzberg to serve on a Blue Ribbon Panel on Initiative Reform as well as the Voting Modernization Board.

As the first openly gay person to be elected to the position of Assembly Speaker in the country, John has been a longtime advocate on behalf of the LGBT Community. He has been especially active in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He has been a leader with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Latino Coalition against AIDS, and the California Center for Regional Leadership. In recognition of his work, he was appointed by both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to serve on the Presidents Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

John’s lifetime of fighting for better wages, healthcare and benefits for working families reflects the values with which he was raised, giving him a deep understanding of the daily struggles that so many working families endure just to survive. As Speaker, he is using that experience to focus on solving California’s budget crisis, promote policies that create high-paying, quality jobs in California and implementing real reforms to state government.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
Perez's :
2011-12: 30% (7-16) 2009-10: 18% (2-9) OVERALL: 26% (9-25)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
2013 votes
AB 10 - Minimum wage YES
AB 1165 - Cal OSHA abatement YES
AB 12 - Regulatory reform / implementation
AB 327 - Net Energy metering and RPS YES
AB 880 - Healthcare insurance penalty YES
AB 93 / SB 90 - Sales tax exemption
SB 118 - workforce development
SB 54 - Risk management / labor union apprenticeship work YES
2012 votes
AB 1062 - Public social services YES
AB 1500 - Corporation taxes: apportionment: single sales factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund YES
AB 1990 - Renewable energy resources: renewable feed-in tariff set aside for most impacted and disadvantaged communities YES
AB 2439 - Corporation taxes: disclosure YES
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery YES
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service NO
SB 1402 - Economic development: California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund YES
SB 568 - Polystyrene Food Containers
SB 863 - Workers' compensation
SB 965 - State and local government
2011 votes
AB 559 - Civil actions: costs YES
AB 1155 - Workers’ compensation. YES
SB 202 - Elections: ballot measures YES
SB 116 - Income taxes: exclusions: deductions: sales YES
AB 1062 - Arbitration: appeals YES
AB 1319 - Product safety: bisphenol A YES
AB 724 - Clean Energy Jobs and Investment Act YES
SB 508 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative time period YES
SB 547 - Public school performance accountability
SB 617 - State government: financial and administrative accountability
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources YES
2010 votes
AB 1405 - AB 32 Community Benefits Fund YES
AB 2446 - Graduation requirements
AB 737 - Solid waste: diversion YES
SB 722 - Utilities: renewable energy resources. YES
AB 2738 - Regulations: agency statement of reasons
AB 569 - Meal periods: exemption YES
SB 657 - Anti-Human Trafficking Corporate Policy Mandate YES
AB 2666 - Corporation taxes: Franchise Tax Board: tax expenditures: Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site. YES
SB 1391 - Income taxes: business tax incentives: reporting information and recapture YES
SB 1272 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative limitations YES
AB 1998 - Solid waste: single-use carryout bags. YES
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California minimum wage bill gains momentum - Sept. 12, 2013
A bill to hike California’s minimum hourly wage got a huge boost Wednesday, passing a key Senate ...  Christopher Arns in the Business Journal

Narrow win for middle class scholarship in Assembly (Aug. 14) - Aug. 15, 2012
One Independent, one Republican, and one reluctant Democrat gave Assembly Speaker John Pérez the ...  Kathryn Baron in the ED Source

STATE: More handouts? No (Jun. 5) - June 6, 2012
Californians should not mistake political posturing for sensible policy. The Assembly’s approval of ...  Press Enterprise in the Business Journal

Assembly passes bad Cap and Trade bill - May 30, 2012
Katy Grimes: The Assembly today passed the controversial Cap and Trade bill, Assembly Bill 1532, ...  Katy Grimes in the Sacramento Bee

Dramatic expansion in health care rules pronounced dead - Sept. 1, 2011
A measure granting state regulators more control over the rates health care plans charge has ...  Greg Lucas in the Capitol Weekly

CMTA Capitol Updates
Gut & amend double environmental penalties


In the last week of session,  Sept. 12, 2013 update

Speaker releases Democrats budget blueprint

In anticipation of the release of Governor Brown’s May Budget Revise, last week Assembly ...  May 16, 2013 update

November 2012 General Election Wrap-Up

After a seemingly endless and hostile campaign season, Legislative Democrats in California ...  Nov. 7, 2012 update