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Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)

  • District: 37th District, Southern Los Angeles County -- most of Long Beach, Compton, Carson
  • Residence: Long Beach
  • Born: April 14, 1962; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Religion: Christian non-denominational
  • Family: Divorced
  • Education: U. of California, Santa Barbara, attended 1980-81; U. of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1984 (political science); U. of Southern California, M.B.A. 1996
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Sought Democratic nomination for Calif. Assembly, 1996; Long Beach City Council, 2000-2006; Calif. Assembly, 2006-07; U.S. House, 2007-13
  • Elected: Elected: 2007 (2nd full term)
  • Committee Assignments: Homeland Security (Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Security Technologies; Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications - Ranking Member); Transportation & Infrastructure (Highways & Transit; Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials; Water Resources & Environment)
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State Information: 37th District, Southern Los Angeles County -- most of Long Beach, Compton, Carson

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Laura Richardson (D) 85,799 68.4%
Star Parker (R) 29,159 23.2%
Nicholas Dibs (I) 10,560 8.4%
2008 general Laura Richardson (D) 131,342 75%
Nicholas Dibs (I) 42,774 24.4%
2007 special Laura Richardson (D) 11,956 37.1%
Jenny Oropeza (D) 9,960 30.9%
Valerie McDonald (D) 3,027 9.4%
John Kanaley (R) 2,425 7.5%
Peter Mathews (D) 1,125 3.5%
Teri Ramirez (R) 612 1.9%
Daniel Brezenoff (GREEN) 391 1.2%
Jeffrey Leavitt (R) 386 1.2%
Albert Robles (D) 363 1.1%
Ed Wilson (D) 362 1.1%
Leroy Guillory (R) 361 1.1%
Herb Peters (LIBERT) 342 1.1%
George Parmer (D) 242 0.8%
Lee Davis (D) 202 0.6%
Jeffrey Price (D) 142 0.4%
Bill Grisolia (D) 141 0.4%
Felicia Ford (D) 122 0.4%
Mervin Evans (D) 29 0.1%
2006 general Juanita Millender-McDonald (D) 80,716 82.4%
Herb Peters (LIBERT) 17,246 17.6%
2004 general Juanita Millender-McDonald (D) 118,823 75%
Vernon Van (R) 31,960 20.2%
Herb Peters (LIBERT) 7,535 4.8%
2002 general Juanita Millender-McDonald (D) 63,445 72.9%
Oscar Velasco (R) 20,154 23.2%
Herb Peters (LIBERT) 3,413 3.9%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 79.6% John McCain: 18.7%
2004 John Kerry: 74% George W. Bush: 25%
2000 Al Gore: 72% George W. Bush: 21%

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