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California State Senate
California State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
Elected before 2012:
2 terms (8 years)
Elected 2012 and after:
3 terms (12 years)
New session started
December 3, 2018
Eleni Kounalakis (D)
Since January 7, 2019
President pro tempore
Toni Atkins (D)
Since March 21, 2018
Majority Leader
Bill Monning (D)
Since December 17, 2014
Minority Leader
Patricia Bates (R)
Since April 12, 2017
Seats 40
Composition of the California State Senate
Political groups

Majority      Democratic (29) Minority

     Republican (11)
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article 4, California Constitution
Salary $110,459/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018 (20 seats)
Redistricting California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Senatoris est civitatis libertatem tueri
("It is a senator's duty to protect the liberty of the people.")
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
California State Capitol
Sacramento, California

The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. It has 40 members. There are 29 from the Democratic Party, and 11 from the Republican Party. It meets at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

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