California State Assembly

California State Assembly
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
3 terms (6 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
6 terms (12 years)
History
New session started
December 3, 2018
Leadership
Anthony Rendon (D)
Since March 7, 2016
Speaker pro Tempore
Kevin Mullin (D)
Since December 1, 2014
Majority Leader
Ian Calderon (D)
Since March 10, 2016
Minority Leader
Marie Waldron (R)
Since November 8, 2018
Structure
Seats80
Composition of the California State Assembly
Political groups
Majority
  Democratic (60)

Minority

  Republican (20)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 4, California Constitution
Salary$110,459/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
Next election
November 3, 2020
RedistrictingCalifornia Citizens Redistricting Commission
Motto
Legislatorum est justas leges condere
("It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws.")
Meeting place
California Assembly chamber.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California State Assembly

The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature, the upper house being the California State Senate. The Assembly convenes, along with the State Senate, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

The Assembly consists of 80 members, with each member representing at least 465,000 people. Due to a combination of the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population-per-representative ratio of any state lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States after the federal House of Representatives.

Members of the California State Assembly are generally referred to using the titles Assemblyman (for men), Assemblywoman (for women), or Assemblymember (gender-neutral). In the current legislative session, Democrats enjoy a three-fourths supermajority of 60 seats, while Republicans control just 20 seats.

Leadership

The Speaker presides over the State Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is nominated by the caucus of the majority party and elected by the full Assembly. Other 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 Anthony Rendon (63rdLakewood). The majority leader is Democrat Ian Calderon (57thWhittier), while the minority leader is Republican Marie Waldron (75thEscondido).[1]