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Charles Calderon

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Charles Calderon
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 58th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Ronald S. Calderon
Succeeded by Cristina Garcia
Majority Leader of the
California State Assembly
In office
March 18, 2010 – September 1, 2012
Preceded by Alberto Torrico
Succeeded by Toni Atkins
Member of the California State Senate
from the 30th district
In office
December 4, 1994 – December 7, 1998
Preceded by Ralph C. Dills
Succeeded by Martha Escutia
Member of the California State Senate
from the 26th district
In office
April 10, 1990 – December 4, 1994
Preceded by Joseph B. Montoya
Succeeded by Diane Watson
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 59th district
In office
December 6, 1982 – April 10, 1990
Preceded by Matthew G. Martinez
Succeeded by Xavier Becerra
Personal details
Born (1950-03-12) March 12, 1950 (age 68)
Montebello, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Calderon
Residence Montebello, California
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
UC Davis School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Charles M. Calderon (born March 12, 1950) is an American politician who served in both chambers of the California State Legislature.

Calderon was first elected to the Assembly in 1982. In 1988–89, he became leader of a power struggle for control of the Assembly. The "Gang of Five", as they were called–Calderon, Gary Condit, Steve Peace of Chula Vista, Gerald Eaves of Rialto, and Rusty Areias of Los Banos, California–were conservative Democrats who tried to wrest power from Willie Brown, then Speaker of the Assembly. Calderon was nominated for the office of Speaker, but Brown prevailed by a vote of 40-34. Brown stripped all five of committee leadership positions and staff.

In 1990, Calderon left the Assembly, and he was elected to the California State Senate. From September 1996 until the end of his term, Calderon served as the first Hispanic Senate Majority leader in California history. He ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 1998, losing the primary to Bill Lockyer. Prior to his 2006 election to the Assembly, he served as California Health Care Commissioner and was a Partner with the law firm of Nossaman.

Calderon served a total of 20 years in the California legislature. He is also the first person to have served as Majority Leader in both the California Assembly and California Senate.[1]

Prior to his 1982 election to the Assembly, Calderon was a prosecutor and also served on the Montebello School Board.

Calderon graduated from California State University, Los Angeles and earned a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law.

His brothers Ronald S. Calderon and Thomas M. Calderon have both served in the State Assembly. Ronald currently holds Charles's former Senate seat; Thomas has been out of the legislature since an unsuccessful run for Insurance Commissioner in 2002.

Calderon has a wife named Lisa, and they have three children. Calderon's son Ian serves in the state assembly, representing the 57th district.


  1. ^ "Charles M. Calderon". Retrieved January 25, 2011.