Reelect State Assemblymember Chris Holden to keep AD-41 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 41st Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 28% are Republican and 45% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 26% Latino, 13% Asian, and 8% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-41 is 6% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-41 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 25 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 17 points.
Democrat Incumbent Representative Chris Holden is the only candidate running for this seat. Assm. Holden’s campaign has raised $602,000, and has received donations from police, real estate, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel companies.
Assm. Chris Holden, a public servant, is a lifelong resident of Pasadena. Assm. Holden won his 2020 reelection against Republican Robin Hvidston by 31 points.
Assm. Holden’s priorities for AD-41 this year have included 42 bills about education, business and the economy, policing, and transportation. Of these, ten have been chaptered into law, one was vetoed, eight have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently sits on four committees, including Judiciary, Utilities and Energy, and Communications and Conveyance. Assm. Holden serves as chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, and as the co-chair of the Select Committee on Corporate Board and California Workforce Diversity. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Holden has supported most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Assm. Holden has supported legislation to eliminate oversight of telecommunications companies, and did not vote on bills related to charter school regulation, expanding single-use recyclables, and predatory lending protections.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Holden was a local elected official, serving for 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, including a turn as mayor. During this time, he also served as a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Assm. Holden also owns a local real estate firm, CHMB Consulting. He is a longtime supporter of transportation expansion and college and career access for high school students. As a city council member and assemblymember, he has worked on initiatives to expand light rail and public transportation options for local constituents. He has also worked to establish dual enrollment options for high school students to reduce the time and financial burden of college and to increase access to local career pathways.
Assm. Holden has the endorsement of some progressive groups. However, he has received campaign donations from a variety of problematic funders, including Amazon, California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, California Real Estate PAC, and Chevron. Voters are encouraged to hold Assm. Holden accountable for his financial connection to these industries, and his local business ties to the real estate community. Based on our analysis, Assm. Holden’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive leader for the constituents of AD-41 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.