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Melissa Hurtado


Senate Democrat

District 16, Bakersfield

Time in office

Senate: 2018—Present


Health Advocate / Councilmember

Campaign contributions

Senator Melissa Hurtado has taken at least $6 million from the Party sector since she was elected to the legislature. That represents 73% of her total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 7310, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4016

District office(s)

5201 California Street, Suite 220, Bakersfield, CA 93309; (661) 395-2620

339 West D Street, Suite E, Lemoore, CA 93245; (559) 924-1201

411 East Kern Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274; (559) 685-1202

Biographical information

Birth Place

Fresno, CA




Bakersfield, CA




March 6, 1988

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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 Melissa Hurtado has taken from the various sectors since she was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
$6,041,889 $6 M 73%
$453,256 $453k 5%
Candidate Contributions
$230,457 $230k 3%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$204,715 $204k 2%
$182,284 $182k 2%
$145,380 $145k 2%
General Business
$138,076 $138k 2%
Energy & Natural Resources
$123,189 $123k 1%
Ideology/Single Issue
$96,000 $96k 1%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$87,349 $87k 1%
Communications & Electronics
$54,006 $54k <1%
$25,100 $25k <1%
$21,900 $21k <1%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$10,950 $10k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$5,788 $5k <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.

Agriculture (Chair)
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Bills relating to agriculture.
Environmental Quality
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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.
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Bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, public and private health insurance and managed care, food safety, health facility licensing, prescription drugs, emergency medical services, and related institutions.
Human Services
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Bills relating to CalWORKs and other welfare programs; CalFresh; child welfare and foster care; services to persons with disabilities; in-home supportive services (IHSS); aging and long-term care; community care licensing; and, social services and rehabilitative services, in general.
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.

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 →

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.
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.
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 16 demographics

Senate District 16 map

Toss Up

Next election: 2026

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Voter registration

No party

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

Melissa Hurtado (Incumbent)


David Shepard


CalMatters coverage about this legislator

California parental rights and student privacy collide

By Lynn La, August 29, 2023

Driverless cars to fill the streets of San Francisco

By Lynn La, August 11, 2023

How fresh will CalFresh be? Food benefits on the table in state budget talks

By Rya Jetha, June 19, 2023

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