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Laura Richardson


Picture of Laura Richardson
US Congress
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-2006 Democratic AD-55 50006 Win
08-21-2007 Democratic CD-37 15559 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic CD-37 131342 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-37 85799 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic CD-44 65989 Loss
11-05-2024 Democratic SD-35 0

Candidate Biography:

Laura Richardson
Born: April 14, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Anthony W. Batts (div.)
University: University of Southern California (MBA; 1996)

1996: Primary Candidate for AD-54 (Lost)
1996-1998: Field Deputy, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald 
1990s: Staff, Long Beach Councilwoman Doris Topsy-Elvord
2000-2006: Member, Long Beach City Council
2001-2006: Southern California Director, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante
2007: Resigned from the State Assembly on September 4.
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • An incumbent who lost to a member of their own party (in 2012). 
  • Chaptered Legislation: During her 261 days in the State Assembly, Richardson authored 20 bills and one resolution, of which five bills and one resolution were chaptered into law.
  • REPRIMAND: In August 2012, the House of Representatives reprimanded Richardson for "improperly using House resources for campaign, personal, and nonofficial purposes; by requiring or compelling her official staff to perform campaign work; and by obstructing the investigation of the Committee and the ISC through the alteration or destruction of evidence, the deliberate failure to produce documents responsive to requests for information and a subpoena, and attempting to influence the testimony of witnesses.". She is one of four California Members of Congress to be officially chastised in that way (the others being Charles H. Wilson, Edward Roybal, and John J. McFall) (Source)

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)