California Republican Party

California Republican Party
Chairperson Jim Brulte
Assembly leadership Chad Mayes
(Minority Leader)
Senate leadership Jean Fuller
(Minority Leader)
Founded 1854 (1854)
Headquarters 1903 Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
Ideology Conservatism
Economic liberalism
Fiscal conservatism
Green conservatism
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the US Senate
0 / 2
Seats in the US House
14 / 53
Statewide Executive Offices1
0 / 8
Seats in the State Senate
14 / 40
Seats in the State Assembly
28 / 80

1California Department of Education is a nonpartisan state executive position.

The California Republican Party (CRP) is the California affiliate of the United States Republican Party. The party chairman is Jim Brulte, and is based in Burbank, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. The CRP also has a headquarters in Sacramento.[1]

The party's stated goals are to enhance economic prosperity within the state, cut taxes, and eliminate government waste. The CRP is active throughout the entire state of California, and the party prides itself on "providing common sense solutions to the most troubling issues."[2] As of 2016 Republicans represent approximately 28% of the state's registered voters, about three points less than in 2012, primarily as a result of more voters indicating no party preference.[3]

Party Platform 2015

Agriculture—The California Republican Party supports the having efficient means of water usage among the state's farmers and ranchers, including the development of desalination plants and the use of recycled water.[4]

Crime and justice—The California Republican Party supports the government's protecting the welfare of the people and creating fair and just laws in society.[4] The party advocates victim's rights under the position that the victim is just as important as the offender in a crime. They believe overcrowding is a major issue that should be solved by the creation of both private and public prisons. The party also supports the use of capital punishment for heinous crimes.[4]

Economy— The California Republican Party believes that individuals make better decisions than government and that free enterprise should be the guiding force in the economy, not government regulation.[4] The party call for a cut on unnecessary spending in order to create government infrastructure that will boost the economy.[4] The party also supports Right-to-work law's and opposes closed shop establishments.[4]

Education— The California Republican Party believes that all children have the right to a first-class education.[4] The party supports parents and local school boards being the primary regulators of the education system. The party also supports incentives for quality educators and that school admission and programs should be solely merit based.[4] The party also believes that unions have too much influence in California's schools and that has caused the degradation of the curriculum and the marginalization of involvement by parents. The party opposes teacher tenure.[4]

Environment—The California Republican Party believes in long-term responsible stewardship of California's natural resources.[4] The party supports environmental policies based upon sound science, innovation, new technologies and incentives rather than regulation, taxation and litigation and that environmental regulations should be balanced and tempered by the effect that it will have on workers and on the economy.[4] The party supports California industry being a world leader in developing and manufacturing safe, renewable and sustainable energy. The party also believes that city governments should be held to the same standards of cleaning waste water as are applied to private industry.[4]

Equal Opportunity—We oppose quotas, special rights, set asides, or guaranteed equality of results. We support laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing based on race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.[4]

Family values—We support the two-parent family as the best environment for raising children, and therefore believe that it is important to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court's ruling cannot and must not be used to coerce a church or religious institution into performing marriages that their faith does not recognize. We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to advocate or teach any social or political agenda.[4]

Healthcare—The California Republican Party opposes government mandated health care plans and single payer plans.[4] The party support a restructuring of Medicaid that restricts elective medically unnecessary surgeries while increasing the compensation to doctors and hospitals for necessary surgeries and other treatments.[4] The party also opposes any government healthcare plan for California that would involve taxes on doctors or hospitals, coverage for illegal aliens, or tax subsides. The party also supports private sector solutions such as small business insurance pools, employment pricing reductions, guaranteed insurability and medical savings accounts.[4]

Immigration—The California Republican Party contends that the state of California is rich in the history of immigration and welcomes all legal immigrants.[4] English should be mandatory in the workplace and businesses should be able to require employees to speak the English and all immigrants should be required to learn the language. Illegal aliens should be deported if they engage in criminal activity.[4] The party supports the government offering intensive English language instruction to all who need it, including stipends to help immigrants attend the programs. The party also supports the federal government instituting a worker visa program that will make it easy for people to work legally in the United States.[4] The party supports heavy monetary fines levied against employers and businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The party supports the federal Government reimbursing California for the costs of federally mandated immigration programs and federally mandated benefits to illegal aliens.

Litigation reform—The California Republican Party support legal tools such as arbitration, mediation, and reasonable limitations on unnecessary discovery and motions.[4] The party believes that in order to ensure the availability of quality medical care, there should be reasonable limitations on general damages awards. The party favors reasonable and consistent standards for punitive damages awards, which they hold should only be available for intentional, egregious misconduct.[4]

Right to Keep and Bear Arms—The California Republican Party believes that California's gun control laws are too strict and opposes any further gun control legislation and supports the right of all California citizens to own and bear guns and ammunition for any lawful purpose.[4] The party supports statewide legislation setting reasonable criteria allowing law-abiding citizens in California to carry concealed weapons. Also, they want to abolish the waiting period for guns and instead require an instant background check. The party also supports the inclusion of gun rights in the California constitution.[4]

Right to life—The party support laws that protect unborn children from partial birth, sex selection, and tax-payer funded abortions, and abortions performed as a form of birth control or on minor girls without their parent's notification and consent.[4] The party supports adoption as an alternative to abortion and call on lawmakers to reduce the burden placed on adoptive couples.The party also supports the reversion of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. The party opposes physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, and cloning.[4]

Taxes and government spending—The party is against the high taxes in the state and believes the government spends too much.[4] The party supports a requirement for a two-thirds vote requirement for the passage of tax increases, tax increases labeled as fees, bonds and the state budget. The party also believes California residents should not bear the burden of paying high taxes and the government should prioritize its spending.[4] Welfare should be taken away from those who can work but refuse to do so. The party support reasonable work requirements being set in place in order to regulate welfare recipients and that Illegal immigrants should not receive benefits from the state.[4]

Elected officials

The following is a list of Republican statewide, federal, and legislative officeholders:

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Both of California's U.S. Senate seats have held by Democrats since 1992. John F. Seymour was the last Republican to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in 1991 by Pete Wilson who resigned his Class I Senate seat because he was elected governor in 1990, Seymour lost the 1992 special election to determine who would serve the remainder of the term expiring in 1995. Pete Wilson was also the last Republican elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate in 1988, and the last Republican to represent California for a full term in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989.

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 53 seats California is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 14 are held by Republicans:

Statewide offices

California has not elected any GOP candidates to statewide office since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected as Governor and Steve Poizner was elected Insurance Commissioner. In 2010, term limits forced Schwarzenegger from office, and Poizner did not seek re-election as Insurance Commissioner, instead making an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Board of Equalization, State Senate, & State Assembly

Board of Equalization

Republicans hold 2 of the 5 seats on the State Board of Equalization:[5]

State Senate

Republicans are in the minority, holding 14 of the 40 seats in the State Senate. Republicans have been the minority party in the Senate since 1970.

State Assembly

Republicans hold 28 of the 80 seats in the State Assembly.[6] The last time the Republicans were the majority party in the Assembly was during 1994–1996.

Mayoral offices

Of California's ten largest cities, four have Republican mayors in 2016:


The California Republican Party is a "political party that has detailed statutory provisions applicable to its operation", which are in division 7, part 3 of the California Elections Code.[11][12] The Republican State Central Committee (RSCC), the governing body of the California Republican Party, functions pursuant to its standing rules and bylaws.[13][14][15] The RSCC works together with the Republican county central committees and district central committees,[15] with county central committees appointing delegates to the RSCC.[16] The regular officers of the RSCC are the Chairman, State Vice Chairman, eight Regional Vice Chairmen, Secretary, and Treasurer.[17]

County central committees

There are semi-autonomous county central committees for each of California's 54 counties.[11][15] At every direct primary election (presidential primary) or when district boundaries are redrawn,[18] their members are either elected by supervisor district or Assembly district depending on the county.[19]

County central committees
County party Elected members
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Assembly district committee members elected at the direct primary elections.[20]
Republican Party of San Diego County Six regular members elected from each Assembly district in the county.[21]
Republican Party of Orange County Six members elected from each Assembly district.[22][23]


Chairman Term
Frank F. Merriam 1928–1930
Marshal Hale 1930–1934
Louis B. Mayer 1932–1933
Earl Warren 1934–1936
Justus Craemer 1936–1938
Bradford Melvin 1938–1940
Thomas Kuchel 1940–1942
Edward Tickle 1942–1944
Leo Anderson 1944–1946
Arthur W. Carlson 1946–1948
Sim Delapp 1948–1950
Laughlin Waters 1950–1954
Thomas W. Caldecott 1954–1956
Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. 1956–1958
George W. Milias 1958–1960
John Krehbiel 1960–1962
Caspar Weinberger 1962–1964
Gaylord Parkinson 1964–1967
James Halley 1967–1969
Dennis Carpenter 1969–1971
Putnam Livermore 1971–1973
Gordon Luce 1973–1975
Paul Haerle 1975–1977
Michael B. Montgomery 1977–1979
Truman Campbell 1979–1981
Tirso del Junco 1981–1983
Ed Reinecke 1983–1985
Mike Antonovich 1985–1987
Bob Naylor 1987–1989
Frank Visco 1989–1991
Jim Dignan 1991–1993
Tirso del Junco 1993–1995
John Herrington 1995–1997
Michael J. Schroeder 1997–1999
John McGraw 1999–2001
Shawn Steel 2001–2003
George "Duf" Sundheim 2003–2007
Ron Nehring 2007–2011
Tom Del Beccaro 2011–2013
Jim Brulte 2013–present


  1. "Contact Us". California Republican Party. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. California Republican Party: About. Retrieved from
  3. Republican voter registration tanks in California as fewer voters choose a party The Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2016
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 California Republican Party Platform
  5. California State Board of Equalization: Board members. Retrieved from
  6. Assembly members. Retrieved from
  8. City of Fresno: Mayor's office. Retrieved from
  9. City of Bakersfield - Mayor Harvey L. Hall. Retrieved from
  10. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. Retrieved from Council/Mayor Tom Tait/
  11. 1 2 Eu v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee (1989), 489 U.S. 214. "The State of California heavily regulates its political parties. … The California Elections Code (Code) provides that the 'official governing bodies' for such a party are its 'state convention,' 'state central committee,' and 'county central committees,' …"
  12. California Elections Code § 7250
  13. California Elections Code § 7350
  14. Standing Rules and Bylaws of the California Republican Party, As Amended 6 October 2013.
  15. 1 2 3 Bylaws § 1.03
  16. Bylaws § 2.01.01(B)
  17. Bylaws § 2.03.01(A)
  18. California Elections Code § 7420
  19. California Elections Code division 7, part 3, chapter 4, article 1, §§ 7400 et seq.
  20. Bylaws of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, as amended December 15, 2012, § 2(a)
  21. Bylaws of the Republican Party of San Diego County, § 2.01.01(A)(1)
  22. Bylaws of the Republican Party of Orange County, As Amended May 20, 2013, Article IV(A)
  23. California Elections Code § 7401

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