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Janet Nguyen


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-2014 Republican SD-34 95792 Win
11-06-2018 Republican SD-34 131973 Loss
11-03-2020 Republican AD-72 122483 Win
11-08-2022 Republican SD-36 196488 Win

Candidate Biography:

Janet Q. Nguyen
Born: May 1, 1976 in Saigon, South Vietnam
Married: Tom Bonikowski (m. 2005)
Children: Thomas III and Timothy

1999-2000: District Representative, Assemblyman Ken Maddox
2000-2004: District Director, Assemblyman Ken Maddox
2003-2004: Member, Garden Grove Planning Commission
2004-2007: Member, Garden Grove City Council
2007-2014: Member, Orange County Board of Supervisors
2024: Candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisors (Pending)

  • On February 23, 2017, Senator Nguyen was removed from the Senate Floor by the Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Debbie Manning when she refused to yield while speaking on the Floor. In her statement, Senator Nguyen referred to her comments as an adjourn in memory of "hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who died in seeking freedom and democracy." Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning raised a point of order in which he described Nguyen's statement as a point of personal privilege relating to the adjourn in memory of former State Senator Tom Hayden and noted that it was out of order. The presiding officer, Senator Ricardo Lara, agreed and (when Nguyen refused to yield) ordered her removed from the Floor by Sergeants.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2007 Supervisor's special election: Trung Nguyen defeated Janet Nguyen by seven votes in the initial count, Janet Nguyen defeated Trung Nguyen by seven votes in the recount, and Janet Nguyen eventually defeated Trung Nguyen by three votes after a judge rejected four votes cast for Janet Nguyen. Tom Umberg was the third-place candidate in that election, finishing 1,187 votes behind Trung Nguyen.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2018 General Election, the race in Senate District 34 wasn't settled until more than two weeks after the election. Nguyen ended election night leading with 57% and 13815 more votes than Umberg. Nearly two weeks after the election (on November 12th), Nguyen's lead slimmed to 7729 votes and the following day to 6905. By November 14th, Nguyen led by 4426 votes and a day later by 2964 votes. By the following day, a Friday, the margin narrowed again to 1848 votes and 1179 on Saturday. On November 19th, two weeks after the election, Umberg gained his first lead, with a 438 lead over Nguyen, which had grown to 2130 votes by the following weekend.