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John Laird

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Senate Democrat

District 17, Monterey

Time in office

Assembly: 2002-2008

Senate: 2020—Present

Background

Natural Resources Secretary

This legislator leads on...

Higher education Issues

Campaign contributions

Senator John Laird has taken at least $976,000 from the Labor sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 31% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 8720, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4017

District office(s)

1026 Palm Street, Suite 201, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; (805) 549-3784

99 Pacific Street, Suite 575 F, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 657-6315

701 Ocean Street, Suite 318A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 425-0401

Biographical information

Birth Place

Santa Rosa, CA

Race/Ethnicity

White

Residence

Santa Cruz, CA

Gender

Male

Born

March 29, 1950

Identifies as

LGBQ/Other

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How this legislator voted in 2019-2020

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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 John Laird has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Labor
$976,149 $976k 31%
Health
$280,196 $280k 9%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$208,446 $208k 7%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$183,950 $183k 6%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$174,883 $174k 6%
General Business
$113,859 $113k 4%
Communications & Electronics
$112,515 $112k 4%
Energy & Natural Resources
$89,686 $89k 3%
Unitemized Contributions
$80,979 $80k 3%
Candidate Contributions
$67,227 $67k 2%
Ideology/Single Issue
$58,789 $58k 2%
Agriculture
$46,911 $46k 2%
Construction
$44,534 $44k 1%
Transportation
$41,950 $41k 1%
Party
$10,194 $10k <1%
Defense
$250 $250 <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.

Appropriations
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Bills that appropriate money, result in substantial expenditure of state money, or result in a substantial loss of revenue to the state.
Budget and Fiscal Review
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Oversees Senate consideration of the annual state budget including oversight of several budget subcommittees
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.
Labor, Public Employment and Retirement
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Bills relating to labor, industrial safety, unemployment, workers’ compensation and insurance, state and local public agency collective bargaining, state and local nonschool public employees, noncertificated and classified public school employees, public retirement systems, public employees’ compensation and employment benefits, including retirement and health care, and state social security administration.
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.
Rules
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Responsible for matters relating to the business of the Legislature; assigning bills to committees

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 →

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Senate District 17 demographics

Senate District 17 map
D

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2024

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
48%
46%
GOP
24%
24%
No party
22%
24%
Other
5%
6%

Race/ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino
33%
39%
White
54%
37%
Asian
8%
14%
Black or African American
2%
6%
Multi-race
3%
3%

Median household income

$83,869
$75,235

Median age

38.5
36.5

Poverty rate

11%
13%

Bachelor's degree or higher

38%
34%

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Most recent election

2020 General
D

John Laird

Democratic
64.7%
R

Vicki Nohrden

Republican
35.3%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

If UC Berkeley must cut 3,000 students, should it spare Californians?

By Mikhail Zinshteyn, February 18, 2022

What's at stake for California as climate conference begins?

By Rachel Becker, October 28, 2021

Interactive: How diverse is the California Legislature?

By Elizabeth Castillo, Ben Christopher, John Osborn D'Agostino, Orlando Mayorquin, and Matt Levin, January 11, 2021

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