Charles Calderon

Charles Calderon

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Charles Calderon

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Charles M. Calderon (born March 12, 1950) began his second stint in the California State Assembly in 2006. He represents the 58th District, which includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Hacienda Heights Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, Valinda and portions of City of Industry, Downey, La Mirada, Whittier and East Los Angeles.

Calderon was first elected to the Assembly in 1982. In 1988-89, he became leader of a power struggle for control of the Assembly. The "Gang of Five", as they were called–Calderon, Gary Condit, Steve Peace of Chula Vista, Gerald Eaves of Rialto, and Rusty Areias of Los Banos, California–were conservative Democrats who tried to wrest power from Willie Brown, then Speaker of the Assembly. Calderon was nominated for the office of Speaker, but Brown prevailed by a vote of 40-34. Brown stripped all five of committee leadership positions and staff.

In 1990, Calderon left the Assembly, and he was elected to the California State Senate. From September 1996 until the end of his term, Calderon served as the first Hispanic Senate Majority leader in California history. He ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 1998, losing the primary to Bill Lockyer. Prior to his 2006 election to the Assembly, he served as California Health Care Commissioner and was a Partner with the law firm of Nossaman.

Calderon, who is serving his 20th year in the California legislature, is the longest-serving member of...
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