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Tom Umberg

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Senate Democrat

District 34, Garden Grove

Time in office

Assembly: 1990-1994, 2004-2006

Senate: 2018—Present

Background

Small Business Owner

This legislator leads on...

Justice Issues

Campaign contributions

Senator Tom Umberg has taken at least $1.7 million from the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 19% of his total campaign contributions.

Contact or follow this legislator

Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 6530, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4034

District office(s)

1000 East Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 220B, Santa Ana, CA 92701; (714) 558-3785

Biographical information

Birth Place

Cincinnati, OH

Race/Ethnicity

White

Residence

Santa Ana, CA

Gender

Male

Born

September 25, 1955

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 Tom Umberg has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$1,696,304 $1.7 M 19%
Candidate Contributions
$1,532,560 $1.5 M 17%
Labor
$1,269,119 $1.3 M 14%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$1,242,812 $1.2 M 14%
Party
$996,674 $996k 11%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$427,260 $427k 5%
General Business
$199,900 $199k 2%
Health
$179,314 $179k 2%
Ideology/Single Issue
$125,642 $125k 1%
Energy & Natural Resources
$121,995 $121k 1%
Communications & Electronics
$109,215 $109k 1%
Construction
$59,397 $59k <1%
Transportation
$53,900 $53k <1%
Agriculture
$18,600 $18k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$10,672 $10k <1%
Defense
$1,500 $1k <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

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Elections and Constitutional Amendments
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Bills relating to Elections, Reapportionment and proposals to amend the California Constitution.
Housing
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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.
Judiciary (Chair)
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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.
Military and Veterans Affairs
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Bills pertaining to veterans, military affairs, and armories; amending the state’s Military and Veterans Code; oversight of programs managed by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California Military Department (CMD).
Transportation
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Bills relating to vehicles, aircraft, and vessels; to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles; to waterways, harbors, highways, public transportation systems, and airports.

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 →

59%
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.
40%
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.
74%
2022
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
86%
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.
95%
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.
61%
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.
89%
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.
D+
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.
50%
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 34 demographics

Senate District 34 map
D

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2026

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
49%
47%
GOP
22%
24%
No party
24%
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

Tom Umberg (Incumbent)

Democratic
58.8%
R

Rhonda Shader

Republican
41.2%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

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