Jeffrey John Denham
Born: July 29, 1967 in Hawthorne, CA
Children: Austin and Samantha
University: CalPoly San Luis Obispo
Military Service: USAF (Persian Gulf War, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia)
2008: Recall Election of Senator Denham in SD-12 (Recall Failed; 24.64%)
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2008: Opponent, Proposition 5 [Nonviolent Drug Offense Sentencing] (Failed; 40.0%)
2009: Early Primary Candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 (Withdrew)
2010: Early Primary Candidate for AD-25 in 2010 (Withdrew)
- In 2007, Denham was the target of an attempted recall led by Gary D. Robbins and 49 others. The recall qualified for the ballot, but failed (24.64% in favor; 75.36% opposed).
- Sonia Denham was a 2012 Delegate to the Republican National Convention.
- CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2018 election, Denham led Harder by 1287 votes the day after the election. On November 9th, Harder took the lead by 3362 votes (after previously being 1143 behind).
- MINORITY VICTORY: In the 2002 General Election, Denham became the last State Senate candidate in California to win with less than 50% of the votes cast in a general election (he won with 48.3%). Later, Lou Correa won in 2006 with 50.2% and Tony Strickland won in 2008 with 50.1%. The Final Minority Victors were: Kamala Harris (statewide), Jerry McNerney (Congress), Jeff Denham (State Senate), and Richard Pan (Assembly). In 2018, Ling Ling Chang was elected to the State Senate with 33.8% in a recall election (which doesn't fall under the "50% to win" formula of other special elections).
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2003-04)
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)