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Steve Padilla


Senate Democrat

District 18, Chula Vista

Time in office

Senate: 2022—Present


Chula Vista Councilmember / Commissioner

Campaign contributions

Senator Steve Padilla has taken at least $234,000 from the Labor sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 22% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 6640, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4018

District office(s)

1224 State Street, Suite D, El Centro, CA 92243; (760) 335-3442

780 Bay Boulevard, Suite 204, Chula Vista, CA 91910; (619) 409-7690

45841 Oasis Street, #6, Indio, CA 92201; (760) 398-6442

Biographical information

Birth Place

San Diego, CA




Otay Ranch, Chula Vista, CA




January 22, 1967

Identifies as


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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

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Campaign contributions received by sector

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

Broad sector Amount Percent
$234,050 $234k 22%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$109,700 $109k 10%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$69,650 $69k 6%
Ideology/Single Issue
$55,650 $55k 5%
$42,400 $42k 4%
Energy & Natural Resources
$38,200 $38k 4%
General Business
$31,850 $31k 3%
$29,800 $29k 3%
$19,800 $19k 2%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$19,600 $19k 2%
$14,250 $14k 1%
Communications & Electronics
$10,671 $10k <1%
Candidate Contributions
$6,900 $6k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$2,291 $2k <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.

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Bills relating to agriculture.
Budget and Fiscal Review
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Oversees Senate consideration of the annual state budget including oversight of several budget subcommittees
Governmental Organization
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Bills relating to state government organization, horseracing, public gaming, the National Guard, alcoholic beverages, and management of public safety emergencies and disaster response, and legislation permitting the use of state-controlled lands.
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Bills relating to housing, including those that affect funding for low- and moderate-income families, homelessness, housing elements and land use approvals for housing developments, building codes and standards and other issues.
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

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Sponsored travel in 2022

Gifts reported in 2022

Senate District 18 demographics

Senate District 18 map

Safe Democratic district

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

Steve Padilla


Alejandro Galicia


CalMatters coverage about this legislator

Florida: Yes, we sent migrants to California

By Lynn La, June 7, 2023

Newsom slaps down Senate Democrats’ tax hike

By Lynn La, April 27, 2023

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