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Roy Ashburn


Picture of Roy Ashburn
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Republican AD-32 86790 Win
11-03-1998 Republican AD-32 73285 Win
11-07-2000 Republican AD-32 96178 Win
11-05-2002 Republican SD-18 153878 Win
11-02-2004 Republican CD-20 53231 Loss
11-07-2006 Republican SD-18 147767 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 21, 1954 in Long Beach, CA
Married: Diane (div. 2003)
Children: Shelley, Shannon, Stacy and Suzy

1972-1977: Field Representative, Supervisor LeRoy Jackson
1979-1983: District Representative, Congressman Bill Thomas
1984-1996: Member, Kern County Board of Supervisors
1988: Chair, Kern County for George Bush Presidential Campaign
2009-Present: Member, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
2010: Early Primary Candidate for SBOE-02 (Withdrew)
2010: Early Primary Candidate for CD-20 (Did not run)
2010: Proponent, Proposition 13 [Property tax: seismic retrofitting] (Won; 84.5%)
2010-2011: Assistant to the Governor, Office of Planning and Research
2011-2015: Member, California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
2012: Candidate for Kern County Board of Supervisors (Lost; 40%)

  • Ashburn was the first self-identified homosexual Republican to serve in the California legislature. 
  • LEGISLATION: Author of Proposition 13 (2010) [Property tax: new construction exclusion: seismic retrofitting]
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Forced Labor Reparations): Ashburn was the sole legislator to vote against AB 1728 (2000), which exempts from income tax any reparations received for forced labor performed during World War II.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 906 (2005) which designated Calico, in San Bernardino County, as the official state Silver Rush Ghost Town. 
  • In 2009, Ashburn was the target of two attempted recalls led by Michael Moore and more than 50 others. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: "Notorious GOP Taxer Roy Ashburn Rewarded With Lucrative Commission Spot" by Jon Fleischman, FlashReport (12/29/2010)
Source: "Here's what you won't see on Roy Ashburn's state biography" by Jim Sanders, CapitolAlert Blog/Sacramento Bee, (2/14/2011)
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)