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Patricia Bates Becomes 1st CA Senate Republican Leader from South OC

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 15, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, State Senate Republicans in Sacramento unanimously elected Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as the new Senate Republican Leader, effective April 12.  Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) is stepping down as leader since she will term out of the Senate in 2018.

In the caucus statement announcing her election, Bates said, “It is no secret that Republicans face a challenging political environment in California. But Republicans embrace taxpayers who want a more efficient government, parents who want better schools and safer streets, and citizens who want their constitutional freedoms protected. That is a Republican Party that can attract broad support in California, and I will do everything I can as the next leader to spread that message in every part of the state.”

Prior to her election to the Senate in 2014, Bates was an Orange County Supervisor from 2007-2014 (serving as Chair in 2009 and Vice Chair in 2008 and 2013-2014), a State Assemblywoman from 1996-2004, and on the Laguna Niguel City Council from 1989-1998, including serving as the City’s first mayor after leading the city’s incorporation efforts (she would serve four terms as mayor).  A South Orange County resident for 40 years, she worked as a social worker in Los Angeles County before embarking on a political career.  During her tenure in the Legislature, she has served as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee in both houses.  She has also been Vice Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee.

Bates is the first South Orange County resident to lead a party caucus in the State Legislature.  She is also the first former Orange County Supervisor to serve as a legislative party caucus leader (Bill Campbell was Assembly Republican Leader before he became an Orange County Supervisor.

Serving as the Republican Leader’s chief of staff is not an unfamiliar position for Kevin Bassett, Bates’s chief of staff.  Bassett had been selected for the role in 2010 by new Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton and continued in that position when Bob Huff became Leader in 2012, departing in December 2014 when he became Bates’s chief of staff.  Bassett had been on the late Senator Dave Cox’s staff for Cox’s entire political career in the Senate, the Assembly, and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.  He was Cox’s chief of staff during his entire tenure in the Legislature, including when Cox served as Assembly Republican Leader (2001-2004), and the latter part of his time on the Board of Supervisors.

Fuller is the first woman to head a Senate party caucus while Bates will be the second.  No woman has yet led the Senate Democratic Caucus.  (While Gloria Romero and Ellen Corbett have served as State Senate Majority Leader, from 2005-2008 and 2010-2014, respectively, that position is the second-ranking position in the Democratic Caucus behind the Senate President Pro Tem, who has always been a man.)  Three women have served as Speaker of the State Assembly (Republican-Elected-Speaker-by-Democrats-Until-She-Was-Recalled-by-Orange-County-Voters Doris Allen in 1995, followed by Democrat Karen Bass from 2008-2010 and Democrat Toni Atkins from 2014-2016) and three have served as Assembly Republican Leader (Carol Hallett from 1979-1981, Connie Conway from 2010-2014, and Kristen Olsen from 2014-2016).

Bates is the first Orange County legislator since Senator Bob Huff (Fuller’s predecessor from 2012-2015) to serve as the head of a party caucus in either house of the Legislature and the first Orange County resident to do so since Dick Ackerman was Senate Republican Leader from 2004-2008 (while Huff’s district included Orange County, he is a resident of Los Angeles County).  An Orange County legislator has not served as Assembly Republican Leader since Bill Campbell in 2000-2001 or Speaker of the Assembly since Curt Pringle in 1996.

While multiple Orange County residents have served as Senate Republican Leader, Assembly Republican Leader, and Speaker of the State Assembly in recent times, none has ever served as President Pro Tem of the State Senate.  However, Republican R. B. Carpenter of Los Angeles County represented both LA and Orange Counties when he served as Senate President Pro Tem from 1892-1893.  For Bates to become Senate President Pro Tem, she would need to grow her caucus by 61% or somehow get 30% of the Democratic Caucus to vote for her.

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Former Senator Dutton runs for County Assessor-Recorder

Posted by Allen Wilson on September 16, 2013

OC Political received word that former Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announces his plans to run as a candidate for San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder.


If Mr. Dutton is successful in his candidacy, he will be the second State Senator to run for county Assessor-Recorder in four years.  Dave Cogdill served as State Senator from the 14th State Senate District until 2010, which then he was elected as Stanislaus County Assessor-Recorder.

Dutton announces campaign for

San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder


Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Former State Senator and long time business owner Bob Dutton will run for San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk.  In this role, Dutton will look to provide over 2 million residents of California’s largest geographical county with independent oversight on property assessments, accurate information on county documents, and increased efficiency with the administration of public services.

“I have always taken a commonsense approach to the issues,” said Dutton.  “My experience as both a business owner and elected representative will provide the residents of San Bernardino with a voice on the county level.  As we recover from an historic recession, I will look to deliver efficient and effective service for a region in which I have been dedicated for nearly forty years.”

After serving in both the Army Reserve and National Guard, Bob Dutton’s commitment to the Inland Empire and desire to own a business was realized when he opened a real estate investment and management firm in Rancho Cucamonga.  As Dutton’s knowledge of the real estate market grew, so did his ability to affect positive change for the residents of San Bernardino County. He won his first election to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000.

In 2002, Dutton used his knowledge as a business owner and reputation as a community leader to win a seat in the State Assembly. In 2004, he successfully ran for the State Senate where he represented portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and was re-elected with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

“I had the pleasure of working with Bob when he was in the legislature.  His commitment to the residents of San Bernardino County, his knowledge of the issues, and his commonsense approach has always provided a sense of direction when it was needed most,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.       

As the next County Assessor, Senator Dutton will use this approach to offer the efficient and effective service needed for the residents San Bernardino County.  In addition to running a small business and being involved with numerous professional organizations, Senator Dutton is focused on giving back to the community. He has served as president or board member for numerous community and civic organizations including the local Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Red Cross, the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation.

Bob and his wife Andrea Guillen, have been married for more than 30 years.  Andrea, a fourth generation Chino resident, is the Professor and Program Director of Radiology at Chaffey Community College.  Their daughter Kara, who received her Master’s in 2010 from the University of La Verne, is working in the banking industry

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