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Charles M. Calderon (born December 3, 1950, in Montebello, California) began his second stint in the California State Assembly in 2006 [1]. He represents the 58th District, which includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Hacienda Heights Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, Valinda and portions of City of Industry, Downey, La Mirada, Whittier and East Los Angeles.

Calderon was first elected to the Assembly in 1982. In 1988-89, he became leader of a power struggle for control of the Assembly. The "Gang of Five", as they were called–Calderon, Gary Condit, Steve Peace, Gerald Eaves and Rusty Areias–were conservative Democrats who tried to wrest power from Willie Brown, then Speaker of the Assembly. Calderon was nominated for the office of Speaker, but Brown prevailed by a vote of 40-34. Brown stripped all five of committee leadership positions and staff.

In 1990, Calderon left the Assembly, and he was elected to the California State Senate. From September 1996 until the end of his term, Calderon served as the first Hispanic Senate Majority leader in California history. He ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 1998, losing the primary to Bill Lockyer. Prior to his 2006 election to the Assembly, he served as California Health Care Commissioner and was a Partner with the law firm of Nossaman.

Prior to his 1982 election to the Assembly, Calderon was a prosecutor and also served on the Montebello School Board.

Calderon graduated from California State University, Los Angeles and earned a law degree from the University of California, Davis.

His brothers Ronald S. Calderon and Thomas M. Calderon have both served in the State Assembly. Ronald currently holds Charles' former Senate seat; Thomas has been out of the legislature since an unsuccessful run for Insurance Commissioner in 2002.

Calderon has a wife named Lisa, and they have three children.

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  1. ^ Assembly Member Charles Calderon
California Assembly
Preceded by
Matthew G. Martinez
California State Assemblyman, 59th District
1982 – 1990
Succeeded by
Xavier Becerra
Preceded by
Ronald S. Calderon
California State Assemblyman, 58th District
2006 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
California Senate
Preceded by
Joseph B. Montoya
California State Senator, 26th District
1990 – 1994
Succeeded by
Diane Watson
Preceded by
Ralph C. Dills
California State Senator, 30th District
1994 – 1998
Succeeded by
Martha Escutia
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Charles M. Calderon (born December 3, 1950, in Montebello, California) began his second stint in the California State Assembly in 2006 [1]. He represents the 58th District, which includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Hacienda Heights Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, Valinda and portions of City of Industry, Downey, La Mirada, Whittier and East Los Angeles.

Calderon was first elected to the Assembly in 1982. In 1988-89, he became leader of a power struggle for control of the Assembly. The "Gang of Five", as they were called–Calderon, Gary Condit, Steve Peace, Gerald Eaves and Rusty Areias–were conservative Democrats who tried to wrest power from Willie Brown, then Speaker of the Assembly. Calderon was nominated for the office of Speaker, but Brown prevailed by a vote of 40-34. Brown stripped all five of committee leadership positions and staff.

In 1990, Calderon left the Assembly, and he was elected to the California State Senate. From September 1996 until the end of his term, Calderon served as the first Hispanic Senate Majority leader in California history. He ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 1998, losing the primary to Bill Lockyer. Prior to his 2006 election to the Assembly, he served as California Health Care Commissioner and was a Partner with the law firm of Nossaman.

Prior to his 1982 election to the Assembly, Calderon was a prosecutor and also served on the Montebello School Board.

Calderon graduated from California State University, Los Angeles and earned a law degree from the University of California, Davis.

His brothers Ronald S. Calderon and Thomas M. Calderon have both served in the State Assembly. Ronald currently holds Charles' former Senate seat; Thomas has been out of the legislature since an unsuccessful run for Insurance Commissioner in 2002.

Calderon has a wife named Lisa, and they have three children.

External links

References

  1. Assembly Member Charles Calderon


Template:Start box |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #cccccc" | California Assembly |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Matthew G. Martinez |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|California State Assemblyman, 59th District
1982 – 1990 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Xavier Becerra |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Ronald S. Calderon |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|California State Assemblyman, 58th District
2006 – present |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Incumbent |- |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #cccccc" | California Senate |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Joseph B. Montoya |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|California State Senator, 26th District
1990 – 1994 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Diane Watson |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Ralph C. Dills |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|California State Senator, 30th District
1994 – 1998 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Martha Escutia |- Template:End box


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