Reelect State Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris to keep AD-73 on the right track for progress.
State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.
The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.
California’s 73rd Assembly District includes parts of Orange County. Prior to redistricting, Republicans typically held this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 40% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 17% Latino, 28% Asian, and 2% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-73 is 11% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-73 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 26 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 18 points.
Under newly drawn district maps, incumbent Assemblymembers Cottie Petrie-Norris and Steven Choi, representing the 74th and 68th Districts respectively, are positioned as challengers in the new 73rd District.
There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris and Republican Incumbent Assemblymember Steven Choi. Assm. Petrie-Norris’s campaign has raised $1 million and has received donations from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC interests. Assm. Choi’s campaign has raised $232,000 and has also received donations from fossil fuel, police, real estate, and corporate PAC interests.
Assm. Petrie-Norris, a businessperson, is from San Diego County. According to campaign materials, she is running for reelection to continue her efforts to support economic growth and protect public health in the district. Prior to redistricting, Assm. Petrie-Norris represents AD-74 and won her 2020 reelection for that seat against Republican Diane Dixon by a narrow one-point margin.
Assm. Petrie-Norris’s priorities for AD-74 this year have included 38 bills about climate and environmental protections, drug regulations, and health care. Of these, eight have been chaptered into law, 13 have died, and the rest remain in committee. She currently serves on five committees, including as chair of the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee. She is also chair of the two select committees, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Orange County Oil Spill. She scores a Lifetime CS of 29 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Petrie-Norris has supported very few progressive bills that made it to a vote this term. Specifically, she has not supported bills related to public banking, expanding the California Racial Justice Act of 2020 and other criminal-justice reforms, and creating minimum wage and working conditions standards for those in the fast-food industry. She also missed a vote on legislation related to providing free and accessible COVID-19 testing and vaccination. While she has pursued progressive action on education reform and climate protections, her voting record on criminal-justice reform and workers’ rights has demonstrated a more moderate approach.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Assm. Petrie-Norris was a business leader, working primarily in finance and technology.
Assm. Petrie-Norris has the endorsement of a few progressive groups in the district, including California Teachers Association and Sierra Club. She has also received the endorsement of local officials across the state, including U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmember Katie Porter, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, and State Treasurer Fiona Ma. She is also endorsed by a variety of police groups, including California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and PORAC. Similarly, she has received problematic campaign donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Sempra Energy, Amazon, and California Real Estate PAC. While the threat of Republican Incumbent Steven Choi’s potential policies outweighs Assm. Petrie-Norris’s moderate voting record and problematic endorsements, voters are strongly encouraged to continue to hold her accountable for legislative efforts that may not be in the best interest of her constituents. Based on our analysis, Assm. Petrie-Norris will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-73 and will govern effectively for this diverse district with consistent voter oversight.