California Republican Party
As of 2018, Republicans represent approximately 24% of the state’s registered voters, placing the Republicans in third place in California behind the Democratic Party and no party preference voters. The party is a superminority in the California State Legislature, holding only 19 seats out of 80 in the California State Assembly, and 11 seats of 40 in the California State Senate. The California GOP also holds none of the 8 statewide executive branch offices, only 7 of the state’s seats in the House of Representatives, and neither of California’s seats in the United States Senate.
Three Republican Presidents from California include: Herbert Hoover; Richard Nixon who was a U.S. Representative and Senator from California (1947-1953); and Ronald Reagan who was the Governor of California (1967-1975).
The last time a Republican presidential candidate carried the state of California was Vice President George H. W. Bush in 1988. Bush would go on to win the election and be elected as 41st President of the United States.
The following is a list of Republican statewide, federal, and legislative officeholders:
Members of Congress
Both of California’s U.S. Senate seats have been held by Democrats since 1992. John F. Seymour was the last Republican to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in 1991 by Pete Wilson who resigned his Class I Senate seat because he was elected governor in 1990, Seymour lost the 1992 special election to determine who would serve the remainder of the term expiring in 1995 to Democratic challenger Dianne Feinstein who was subsequently elected to a full term two years later and has held the seat since. Pete Wilson was also the last Republican elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate in 1988, and the last Republican to represent California for a full term in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989.
U.S. House of Representatives
Out of the 53 seats California is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 6 are held by Republicans:
California has not elected any GOP candidates to statewide office since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected as governor and Steve Poizner was elected insurance commissioner. In 2010, term limits prevented Schwarzenegger from seeking a third term while Poizner chose not to seek re-election as insurance commissioner, instead making an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for governor. In 2018, Poizner attempted to run again for his old seat of insurance commissioner, but did so without the affiliation to the Republican Party.
Board of Equalization, State Senate and Assembly
Board of Equalization
- 1st District: Ted Gaines
- AD-1: Vacant (previously held by Dahle)
- AD-3: James Gallagher
- AD-5: Frank Bigelow
- AD-6: Kevin Kiley
- AD-12: Heath Flora
- AD-23: Jim Patterson
- AD-26: Devon Mathis
- AD-33: Jay Obernolte
- AD-34: Vince Fong
- AD-35: Jordan Cunningham
- AD-36: Tom Lackey
- AD-42: Chad Mayes
- AD-55: Phillip Chen
- AD-67: Melissa Melendez
- AD-68: Steven Choi
- AD-71: Randy Voepel
- AD-72: Tyler Diep
- AD-73: Bill Brough
- AD-75: Marie Waldron (Minority Leader)
Of California’s ten largest cities, 4 have Republican mayors as of 2019:
- San Diego (2): Kevin Faulconer
- Fresno (5): Lee Brand
- Bakersfield (9): Karen Goh
- Anaheim (10): Harry Sidhu
The California Republican Party is a “political party that has detailed statutory provisions applicable to its operation”, which are in division 7, part 3 of the California Elections Code. The Republican State Central Committee (RSCC), the governing body of the California Republican Party, functions pursuant to its standing rules and bylaws. The RSCC works together with the Republican county central committees and district central committees, with county central committees appointing delegates to the RSCC. The regular officers of the RSCC are the chairman, state vice chairman, eight regional vice chairmen, secretary, and treasurer.
County central committees
There are semi-autonomous county central committees for each of California’s 58 counties. At every direct primary election (presidential primary) or when district boundaries are redrawn, their members are either elected by supervisor district or Assembly district depending on the county.
|County party||Elected members|
|Republican Party of Los Angeles County||Assembly district committee members elected at the direct primary elections.|
|Republican Party of San Diego County||Six regular members elected from each Assembly district in the county.|
|Republican Party of Orange County||Six members elected from each Assembly district.|
- Frank F. Merriam (1928–30)
- Marshal Hale (1930–34)
- Louis B. Mayer (1932–33)
- Earl Warren (1934–36)
- Justus Craemer (1936–38)
- Bradford Melvin (1938–40)
- Thomas Kuchel (1940–42)
- Edward Tickle (1942–44)
- Leo Anderson (1944–46)
- Arthur W. Carlson (1946–48)
- Sim Delapp (1948–50)
- Laughlin Waters (1950–54)
- Thomas W. Caldecott (1954–56)
- Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. (1956–58)
- George W. Milias (1958–60)
- John Krehbiel (1960–62)
- Caspar Weinberger (1962–64)
- Gaylord Parkinson (1964–67)
- James Halley (1967–69)
- Dennis Carpenter (1969–71)
- Putnam Livermore (1971–73)
- Gordon Luce (1973–75)
- Paul Haerle (1975–77)
- Michael B. Montgomery (1977–79)
- Truman Campbell (1979–81)
- Tirso del Junco (1981–83)
- Ed Reinecke (1983–85)
- Mike Antonovich (1985–87)
- Bob Naylor (1987–89)
- Frank Visco (1989–91)
- Jim Dignan (1991–93)
- Tirso del Junco (1993–95)
- John Herrington (1995–97)
- Michael J. Schroeder (1997–99)
- John McGraw (1999–2001)
- Shawn Steel (2001–03)
- George “Duf” Sundheim (2003–07)
- Ron Nehring (2007–11)
- Tom Del Beccaro (2011–13)
- Jim Brulte (2013–19)
- Jessica Patterson (since 2019)
- California State Assembly Republican Caucus
- Pasadena Republican Club, the oldest continuously active Republican club in America
- “California Republican Party Platform” (PDF). D3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
- “Beleaguered California Republicans Vote Jessica Patterson New Party Chair”. Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. February 24, 2019.
- “California Secretary of State Report of Registration as of October 22, 2018” (PDF). Elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
- “Republicans slip to 3rd place, behind independents, as registration choice of Californians”, San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2018
- “Board Members”. Boe.ca.gov.
- “Members | Assembly Internet”. Assembly.ca.gov.
- “Republican wins in San Diego”. Politico.com.
- “Mayor | City of Fresno”. Fresno.gov.
- “City of Bakersfield – Mayor”. Bakersfieldcity.us.
- “Mayor Harry Sidhu | Anaheim, CA – Official Website”. Anaheim.net.
- Eu v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee (1989), 489 U.S. 214 Archived 2014-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. “The State of California heavily regulates its political parties. … The California Elections Code (Code) provides that the ‘official governing bodies’ for such a party are its ‘state convention,’ ‘state central committee,’ and ‘county central committees,’ …”
- California Elections Code § 7250
- California Elections Code § 7350
- Standing Rules and Bylaws of the California Republican Party Archived 2014-03-12 at the Wayback Machine, As Amended 6 October 2013.
- Bylaws § 1.03
- Bylaws § 2.01.01(B)
- Bylaws § 2.03.01(A)
- California Elections Code § 7420
- California Elections Code division 7, part 3, chapter 4, article 1, §§ 7400 et seq.
- Bylaws of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, as amended December 15, 2012, § 2(a)
- Bylaws of the Republican Party of San Diego County Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, § 2.01.01(A)(1)
- Bylaws of the Republican Party of Orange County Archived 2014-04-11 at the Wayback Machine, As Amended May 20, 2013, Article IV(A)
- California Elections Code § 7401
- California Republican Party
- California State Senate Republican Caucus
- California State Assembly Republican Caucus
- California Republican Lawyers Association
- Associated organizations
- Lincoln Clubs
- Lincoln Club of Fresno County
- Lincoln Club of Northern California
- Lincoln Club of San Diego
- Lincoln Club of Los Angeles County