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María Elena Durazo

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Senate Democrat

District 26, Los Angeles

Time in office

Senate: 2018—Present

Background

Union Vice President

This legislator leads on...

Poverty Issues

Campaign contributions

Senator María Elena Durazo has taken at least $1.3 million from the Labor sector since she was elected to the legislature. That represents 54% of her total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 7530, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4026

District office(s)

1808 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; (213) 483-9300

Biographical information

Birth Place

Madera, CA

Race/Ethnicity

Latina

Residence

Los Angeles, CA

Gender

Female

Born

March 20, 1953

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 María Elena Durazo has taken from the various sectors since she was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Labor
$1,297,517 $1.3 M 54%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$109,500 $109k 5%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$73,145 $73k 3%
Communications & Electronics
$66,482 $66k 3%
General Business
$64,100 $64k 3%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$61,100 $61k 3%
Energy & Natural Resources
$54,300 $54k 2%
Ideology/Single Issue
$50,300 $50k 2%
Health
$44,150 $44k 2%
Construction
$24,700 $24k 1%
Transportation
$10,150 $10k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$6,876 $6k <1%
Candidate Contributions
$3,650 $3k <1%
Agriculture
$1,500 $1k <1%
Party
$229 $229 <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 and Fiscal Review
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Oversees Senate consideration of the annual state budget including oversight of several budget subcommittees
Energy, Utilities and Communications
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Bills relating to utilities, energy companies, alternative energy development and conservation, and communications development and technology.
Governance and Finance
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Bills pertaining to state and local government revenue mechanisms, taxes, and land use and development. The committee works to restructure state and local government responsibility so that funding sources align with program authority and service delivery.
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.

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 →

98%
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.
20%
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.
95%
2022
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
100%
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.
96%
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.
96%
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%
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.
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.
70%
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.

Senate District 26 demographics

Senate District 26 map
D

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2026

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
62%
47%
GOP
9%
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

María Elena Durazo (Incumbent)

Democratic
82.9%
R

Claudia Agraz

Republican
17.1%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

California Senate sings the budget blues

By Ben Christopher, January 19, 2023

Will California budget cuts take transit off track? 

By Sameea Kamal, January 13, 2023

Blackouts loom as record heat wave blankets California

By Emily Hoeven, September 7, 2022

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