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Lou Correa


Picture of Lou Correa
County of Orange
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-69 24452 Loss
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-69 23664 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic AD-69 36581 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-69 25392 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic SD-34 56534 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic SD-34 88892 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic CD-46 115248 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic CD-46 102278 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic CD-46 157803 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic CD-46 78041 Win
11-05-2024 Democratic CD-46 0

Candidate Biography:

Jose Luis Correa
Born: January 24, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Dr. Esther Correa
Children, Alex, Andres, Adan, and Emilia

2000: Alternate Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2005-2006: Member, Orange County Board of Supervisors
2009: Opponent, Proposition 1E [Mental Health Services Funding] (Failed; 33.6%)
2015: Special Election Candidate for Orange County Board of Supervisors (Lost; 39.0%)
2015-2016: Consultant, CSU Fullerton

  • LEGISLATION: Principal Coauthor of SB 400 (1999) [with Deborah Ortiz] which created new Public Employee Retirement System pension formula allowing a retirement benefit factor of 2% at age 55 increasing to 2.5% at age 63 and above. These more generous pension plans have resulted in a massive unfunded liability for CALPERS that is now (in 2012) estimated at $85 billion. (Chapt. 555, Stats of 1999)
  • GOOD DEED: On March 23, 2016, Correa noticed a fire at an apartment complex in Santa Ana and, using a garden hose, had the fire mostly extinguished by the time the fire department arrived. He was credited with helping the seven people (three woman and four children under 5) in the apartment escape to safety.
  • PRISON REALIGNMENT: Correa was the only Senate Democrat to vote against AB 109 (2011), the prison realignment bill (Anthony Portantino was the sole Democrat in the Assembly to oppose the bill). This legislation diverts defendants convicted of less serious felonies to serve their time in local county jail rather than in state prison. These less serious offenses are "non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex" crimes, for example commercial burglary, forgery, or vehicular evasion of a police officer by driving in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: Correa lost to incumbent Assemblyman Jim Morrissey by 93 votes in 1996. He ran again in 1998 and won by more than 5,000 votes.
  • CLOSE CONTEST: Correa lost to Andrew Do by 43 votes in 2015.
  • LEGISLATIVE PUNISHMENT: Correa was one of three State Senators locked out of their offices on March 12, 2007 by Senate President pro Tem Don Perata for attending a fundraiser in support of moderate Democrats in the Assembly.


Source: California Blue Book (2000)