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Bob Hertzberg


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-40 51960 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-40 51145 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic AD-40 70463 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic SD-18 79495 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic SD-18 195623 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: November 19, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Dr. Cynthia Telles (div.)
Children: Daniel, David, and Raymond

1973-1974: Intern, State Senator Mervyn M. Dymally
1978-1979: Chair, California Advisory Commission on Youth
1984-1988: Member, California State Board of Pharmacy
2000-2002: Speaker, California State Assembly
2000-2014: Member, California Historical Society Board of Trustees
2002-Present: Member, Robert M. Hertzberg Capitol Institute Advisory Committee
2005: Primary Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles (Lost; 22%)
2009-2013: Democratic Co-Chair, California Forward
2012: Potential Primary Candidate for SD-27 (Declined to run)
2018-2022: Majority Leader, California State Senate

  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 10 (2018) which creates a new system for determining whether a defendant is eligible for release based on an assessment of risk to public safety and probability of missing a court date rather than their ability to pay cash bail.
  • On May 11, 2007, the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority dedicates the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center to honor Hertzberg and former Governor Gray Davis
  • The Robert M. Hertzberg Capitol Institute conducts an orientation class for new members of the Assembly at the beginning of each term.
  • By winning election to the Senate in 2014, Hertzberg became the first Speaker in 82 years to reach the upper house. The previous Assembly Speaker to become a State Senator was Frank F. Merriam (Speaker in 1923-1926), who was elected to the State Senate in 1928 and went on to be Governor in 1934.

Source: California Blue Book (2000)