Legwatch 2013-14


Tony Mendoza Senate District 32, Democrat


Tony Mendoza

Term limit: 2022


Personal data

Capitol office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4032
Fax: (916) 651-4932

Assembly Floor

District voter registration
Democrat: 51%
Republican: 31%
Other: 18%

District makeup
The eastern Los Angeles County city of Pomona; and the southwestern San Bernardino County cities of Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto, Bloomington, Muscoy, most (80%) of the city of San Bernardino and almost all (89%) of Colton.

Source: California Target Book


Manufacturers in this district


Tony Mendoza biography:

Tony Mendoza, a Los Angeles native and former school teacher, was elected on November 4, 2014 to represent the nearly one million residents of the newly-drawn 32nd Senate District. Senator Mendoza previously served in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2012 representing the 56th District.

Senator Mendoza grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He is the first in his family of nine children to graduate from college. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Long Beach and his teaching credential at California State University, Los Angeles. He also obtained his Executive Masters in Leadership from the University of Southern California. For more than 10 years, Mr. Mendoza taught elementary school in East Los Angeles.

In 1997, he was elected to the Artesia City Council, becoming the first Latino and youngest councilmember at the age of 25. He made history again a year later when he became mayor. Mendoza served three successful terms on the Artesia City Council before running for the State Assembly in 2006.

While serving in the State Assembly, Senator Mendoza authored significant legislation signed into law: Under AB 97, California became the first state in the nation to ban the use of Trans Fats in food preparation in all restaurants; AB 1291 allows judges to sentence the parents of children with first-time gang offenses to anti-gang parenting education classes; and AB 22 prohibits the use of consumer credit reports in the hiring process.

This year, Senator Mendoza successfully authored ten bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Some highlights include: SB 212, which addresses the proliferation of Butane Hash Oil and methamphetamine manufacturing in residential neighborhoods by making it an aggravated felony to manufacture the drugs within close proximity to occupied residences and structures; SB 708 which addresses childhood hunger by improving access to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs; SB 792 which protects children in day care by requiring workers and volunteers be immunized against measles, pertussis and influenza; SB 505 which ensures that California's Voter Bill of Rights and other election materials are provided to voters in plain, accessible, and easily understandable language; and SB 422 which modernizes outdated law by deleting the derogatory term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual and many more.

Senator Mendoza is Chair of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. He also is a member of the Appropriations, Business & Professions, Education and Transportation & Housing Committees. Additionally, he serves on the California Commission for Economic Development.

Senator Mendoza lives in Artesia with his wife, Leticia, their three daughters and son.

The 32nd Senate District includes the cities and communities of Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Los Nietos, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Rose Hills, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier and Whittier.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
Mendoza's :
2011-12: 48% (11-12) 2009-10: 27% (3-8) 2007-08: 12% (4-29)OVERALL: 27% (18-49)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
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
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service
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
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.
2008 votes
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 2279 - Medical Marijuana   Employment Discrimination YES
AB 2386 - Agricultural Employee Card Check YES
AB 2547 - Oil Spill Prevention and Response YES
AB 2648 - CTE
AB 2855 - CTE, Partnership Academies, Green Tech & Goods Movement
AB 2944 - Corporate Director's Duties YES
AB 2947 - Anti-Arbitration   Elder Abuse YES
AB 2969 - Medical Treatment Utilization Reviews YES
AB 437 - Employer Liability Expansion YES
SB 1113 - Attorneys Fees & Costs YES
SB 1115 - Permanent Disability Reports   Apportionment YES
SB 1161 - Cleanup of Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks
SB 1313 - Product Safety   Perfluorochemicals YES
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician YES
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician YES
SB 1608 - Disabled Persons: Equal Access Rights
SB 1717 - Permanent Partial Disability Benefits YES
SB 1762 - Climate Change Institute YES
SB 375 - Regional Planning YES
SB 974 - Port Container Fees YES
2007 votes
AB 1045 - Working Conditions YES
AB 1673 - Manufacturer's Rebates   Mandate YES
AB 8 - Health Care Coverage YES
SB 936 - Permanent Disability Schedule YES
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status YES
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status YES
SB 727 - Family Leave   Grandparents, Siblings and Grandchildren YES
AB 1108 - Phthalates in Children's Products YES
AB 537 - Family and Medical Leave YES
AB 1618 - Corporate Interest Expense Deduction YES
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Assemblymembers, Labor Coalition Call On ARB To Examine Potential California Job Loss In AB 32 - June 10, 2009
Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda), Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) and Coalition ...   Coalition for Green Jobs in the Imperial Valley

Governor can win over hearts by approving ban on trans fat - July 18, 2008
California cuisine uses natural, fresh ingredients to make dishes as healthy as they are delicious. ...   Editorial in the San Jose Merc. News

CMTA Capitol Updates
Autonomous vehicle insurance issues

On March 8, the Senate Insurance Committee, chaired by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), will ...  Feb. 24, 2017 update

Mandatory retirement savings and new heat illness rules approved by Governor

There has been plenty of action coming from the corner office on the first floor of the ...  Sept. 30, 2016 update

Indoor heat illness regulation mandate heads to Governor

SB ...  Aug. 26, 2016 update

CMTA grassroots bills authored by Mendoza
Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher
AB 1636
CMTA position:Oppose