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Jim Patterson

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Assembly Republican

District 8, Fresno

Time in office

Assembly: 2012—Present

Background

Businessman / Broadcast Executive

Campaign contributions

Assemblymember Jim Patterson has taken at least $433,000 from the Agriculture sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 12% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

Capitol Office, 1021 O Street, Suite 4310
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0008; (916) 319-2008

District office(s)

6245 North Fresno Street, Suite 106, Fresno, CA 93710; (559) 446-2029

Biographical information

Birth Place

San Mateo, CA

Race/Ethnicity

White

Residence

Fresno, CA

Gender

Male

Born

February 18, 1948

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 Jim Patterson has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Agriculture
$433,284 $433k 12%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$343,549 $343k 9%
Energy & Natural Resources
$308,649 $308k 8%
Health
$288,665 $288k 8%
General Business
$269,775 $269k 7%
Communications & Electronics
$189,025 $189k 5%
Labor
$164,950 $164k 4%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$162,240 $162k 4%
Construction
$112,350 $112k 3%
Transportation
$69,450 $69k 2%
Ideology/Single Issue
$20,400 $20k <1%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$16,850 $16k <1%
Candidate Contributions
$14,290 $14k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$3,090 $3k <1%
Party
$403 $403 <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.

Budget
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Oversees Assembly consideration of the annual state budget including oversight of several budget subcommittees.
Communications and Conveyance (Vice Chair)
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Bills including emergency communication networks, broadband, telecommunications, electronic privacy, electric vehicles
Governmental Organization
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Bills involving alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters.
Revenue and Taxation
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Bills involving taxes and revenue to the state.
Utilities and Energy (Vice Chair)
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Bills involving the California Energy Commission; California Independent System Operator; California Public Utilities Commission; Electric generation; Electric grid; Energy providers; utility rates; water utilities.

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 →

20%
2021
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.
100%
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.
0%
2022
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
5%
2021
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.
29%
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.
4%
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.
30%
2021
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.
B
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.
0%
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.

Assembly District 8 demographics

Assembly District 8 map
R

Safe Republican district

Next election: 2024

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
30%
47%
GOP
44%
24%
No party
18%
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
R

Jim Patterson (Incumbent)

Republican
74.2%
L

Thomas Edward Nichols

Libertarian
25.8%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

How will California handle the youth fentanyl overdose crisis?

By Emily Hoeven, December 9, 2022

California lawmakers approved CARE Court. What comes next?

By Manuela Tobias and Jocelyn Wiener, September 8, 2022

State lawmakers reject bill to curb farms’ water pumping

By Rachel Becker, September 2, 2022

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