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Tony Strickland


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Strickland for Senate
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1998 Republican AD-37 49853 Win
11-07-2000 Republican AD-37 71572 Win
11-05-2002 Republican AD-37 74876 Win
11-07-2006 Republican Controller 3360611 Loss
11-04-2008 Republican SD-19 207976 Win
11-02-2010 Republican Controller 3487007 Loss
11-06-2012 Republican CD-26 124863 Loss
11-04-2014 Republican CD-25 53225 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Anthony A. Strickland
Born: February 17, 1970 at Ford Ord, CA
Married: Audra Strickland
Children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul

1990s: Field Representative, Assemblymember Paula L. Boland
1994: Member, Voter Fraud Task Force (following the CD-36 victory by Jane Harman)
1995: Campaign Co-Chair, Michael Markey for Thousand Oaks City Council (won)
1996: Campaign Manager, Tom McClintock for State Assembly
1996-1997: Chief of Staff, Assemblymember Tom McClintock
2001-2004: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Assembly
2006: Director, California Club for Growth
2008: Proponent, Proposition 12 [Veterans' Bond of 2008] (Passed; 63.5%)
2012: Early Primary Candidate for SD-27 (Withdrew)
2013-2014: Unruh Legislator-in-Residence, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics [USC]
2016: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2022-Present: Member, Huntington Beach City Council
2022-Present: Mayor, City of Huntington Beach

  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 63 (2009), which abolished the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Expanded Local Pension Benefits): Strickland was one of 7 State Assemblymembers (and 14 legislators overall) who voted against AB 616 (2001) by Tom Calderon, which created allowed California cities, counties and special districts to offer retirement benefit factors up to 3% at age 60. These higher benefit factors led to severe unfunded pension liabilities in a number of cities a decade later. 
  • Strickland was the youngest member of the Assembly in 1998 at age 28.
  • Professional Sports: In 2009, Strickland joined the Los Angeles Lightening (International Basketball League) for a few games.
  • Had a spouse who served in the legislature concurrently (although in the other house).

Source: California Blue Book (2000)