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Ben Allen

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Senate Democrat

District 24, Redondo Beach

Time in office

Senate: 2014—Present

Background

School Board Member, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

This legislator leads on...

Environment Issues

Campaign contributions

Senator Ben Allen has taken at least $652,000 from the Labor sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 15% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 6610, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4024

District office(s)

2512 Artesia Blvd., Suite 320, Redondo Beach, CA 90278; (310) 318-6994

Biographical information

Birth Place

Glendale, CA

Race/Ethnicity

White

Residence

Santa Monica, CA

Gender

Male

Born

March 13, 1978

Identifies as

Straight

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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

Campaign contributions received by sector

OpenSecrets and CalMatters have categorized campaign contributions to legislators based on the economic sector that the donor represents. Methodology →

This is how much money Ben Allen has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Labor
$652,300 $652k 15%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$604,161 $604k 14%
General Business
$324,879 $324k 7%
Communications & Electronics
$302,104 $302k 7%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$234,451 $234k 5%
Health
$227,630 $227k 5%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$143,608 $143k 3%
Energy & Natural Resources
$130,927 $130k 3%
Ideology/Single Issue
$115,016 $115k 3%
Transportation
$112,114 $112k 3%
Agriculture
$89,950 $89k 2%
Construction
$54,540 $54k 1%
Candidate Contributions
$47,250 $47k 1%
Unitemized Contributions
$23,818 $23k <1%
Defense
$8,200 $8k <1%
Party
$200 $200 <1%
Note: The above percentages might not add up to exactly 100% because we are not displaying any contributions that have not yet been classified.

Committees this legislator serves on

Being on a policy committee means the legislator works on these issues by considering bills relevant to the policy topic. The committee “chair” , chosen by the chamber leader, oversees the discussions of these bills. Members also serve on additional special, select, joint and sub committees, which can be found here.

Elections and Constitutional Amendments
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Bills relating to Elections, Reapportionment and proposals to amend the California Constitution.
Environmental Quality (Chair)
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Bills relating to environmental quality, air quality, water quality, climate change, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), waste management, pesticides, and hazardous materials.
Judiciary
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Bills relating to courts, judges, and court personnel. Bills relating to liens, claims, and unclaimed property. Bills relating to privacy and consumer protection.
Natural Resources and Water
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Bills relating to conservation and management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historical resources.
Transportation
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Bills relating to vehicles, aircraft, and vessels; to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles; to waterways, harbors, highways, public transportation systems, and airports.

How special interest groups rate this legislator

Special interest groups are organizations that advocate on behalf of shared interests, such as protecting the environment. Many interest groups rate politicians on how well their voting records agree with each group's goals. See a selection of these ratings for this legislator. Methodology →

100%
2022
American Civil Liberties Union
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The ACLU has major chapters in Northern California and Southern California and advocates on criminal justice, free speech and other issues.
13%
2022
California Chamber of Commerce
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The California Chamber of Commerce includes an advocacy arm for employers. It says it has more than 14,000 members representing a quarter of the state’s private sector workforce, and it issues an annual “job killer” list of bills.
100%
2022
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
68%
2022
California Labor Federation
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The California Labor Federation is an umbrella organization for more than 1,200 labor unions representing 2.1 million workers in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
93%
2022
California Teachers Association
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The California Teachers Association is a labor organization representing teachers and other employees at K-12 schools and community colleges. With 310,000 members, it is the largest affiliate of the National Education Association.
89%
2021
Courage California
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Courage California is a progressive advocacy organization seeking policy change on issues including equity, representative democracy and institutional corruption.
100%
2022
Equality California
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Equality California says it has more than 900,000 members and is the largest statewide organization of its kind. It advocates for equal rights and other issues of concern to the LGBTQ community.
F
2022
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association advocates for limited taxation and for the “economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.” It was founded by Howard and Estelle Jarvis, who championed Proposition 13 in 1978, California’s landmark property tax limit.
100%
2022
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California represents seven affiliates that run more than 100 health centers serving more than 750,000 patients a year. It advocates on sexual and reproductive health care and education, and access to health care, including abortion.
90%
2022
Sierra Club
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The Sierra Club has 13 chapters with more than 400,000 members in California and advocates on environmental and climate change issues.

Sponsored travel in 2022

Gifts reported in 2022

Senate District 24 demographics

Senate District 24 map
D

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2026

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
51%
47%
GOP
20%
24%
No party
23%
23%

Census data on race/ethnicity, household income, age, poverty rate, and education level will be provided when available.

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Most recent election

2022 General
D

Ben Allen (Incumbent)

Democratic
67.1%
R

Kristina Irwin

Republican
32.9%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

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By Lynn La, September 13, 2023

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By Sameea Kamal, July 12, 2023

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By Jeremia Kimelman and Alexei Koseff, May 4, 2023

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