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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 (m. 1998, div.) Carla Dispalatro (m. 2019)
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
2022-2023: Mayor, City of Huntington Beach
2026: Early Primary Candidate for SD-36 (PENDING)

  • 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 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 Lightning (International Basketball League) for a few games. The team folded in 2013 and the league followed in 2014.
  • GEOGRAPHY: Strickland is one of a VERY small number of elected officials in the modern era to hold elected offices in several different regions of the state. In the 1998-2002, he was an Assemblymember representing Ventura County, in 2002-2004 his district was redrawn to include Ventura, Kern, and Los Angeles Counties. In 2008-2012, he represented a Senate District that included Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. In the 2020s, he was a member of the Huntington Beach City Coucil (Orange County).
  • Had a spouse who served in the legislature concurrently (although in the other house).

Source: California Blue Book (2000)