Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
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Prior offices
California State Assembly District 54

Education

Bachelor's

Sociology, Morehouse College

Contact

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is a former Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 54 from 2013 to 2017. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on December 3, 2013. He resigned on December 27, 2017, citing persistent health issues.[1]

Biography

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Ridley-Thomas earned his B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College. His professional experience includes working as public policy director for Curren De Mille Price.[2]

Committee assignments

2017 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, this legislator served on the following committees:
California committee assignments, 2017
Banking and Finance
Health
Local Government
Revenue and Taxation, Chair

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ridley-Thomas served on the following committees:

Campaign themes

2014

Ridley-Thomas' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "We must do our utmost to create new jobs. We can accomplish this, in part, by supporting small businesses. We must expand the abilities of small business owners to take advantage of local and state contracting opportunities."

Traffic

  • Excerpt: "I don’t have a miracle solution to our local traffic woes, but I do know it is time to gather together the best transportation minds in our region and state to evaluate and assess how we can best mitigate our vehicle gridlocked surface streets and freeways to promote better movement of people and goods."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act will open the door to healthcare coverage for millions of Californians. But it will only work when people walk through the door to choose their healthcare provider that is best for themselves and their families. We must make sure residents and business owners are properly educated on the choices and benefits made available through the Affordable Care Act."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "Our law enforcement agencies – from LAPD to Culver City PD to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department – need to be assured they will have the resources, tools and community support to perform the challenging daily job of keeping our neighborhoods safe."

Getting Our Fair Share from Sacramento

  • Excerpt: "We have much work to do in our communities. We need our fair share from Sacramento in order to do the job right."

The following table lists bills sponsored by this legislator. Bills are monitored by BillTrack50 and sorted by action history. The following list may not be comprehensive. To see all bills sponsored by this person, click on the legislator's name in the title of the table.

Elections

2016

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2016

Elections for the California State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election was held on June 7, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was February 25, 2016, for candidates filing with signatures. The deadline for candidates using a filing fee to qualify was March 11, 2016.[4]

Incumbent Sebastian Ridley-Thomas defeated Glen Ratcliff in the California State Assembly District 54 general election.[5][6]
California State Assembly, District 54 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Incumbent 81.58% 146,723
     Republican Glen Ratcliff 18.42% 33,119
Total Votes 179,842
Source: California Secretary of State

Incumbent Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Glen Ratcliff were unopposed in the California State Assembly District 54 Blanket primary.[7][8]
California State Assembly, District 54 Blanket Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Incumbent
    Republican Green check mark transparent.png Glen Ratcliff

2014

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Sebastian Mark Ridley Thomas (D) and Glen Ratcliff (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Ridley-Thomas defeated Ratcliff in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSebastian Mark Ridley Thomas Incumbent 79.1% 66,082
     Republican Glen Ratcliff 20.9% 17,506
Total Votes 83,588

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Ridley-Thomas won election in a special election for California State Assembly District 54. The seat was vacant following Rep. Holly Mitchell's (D) election to the California State Senate. Ridley-Thomas defeated John Jake (D) and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) in the special election, which took place on December 3.[12][13][14][15]

California State Assembly, District 54, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSebastian Ridley-Thomas 60.3% 13,992
     Democratic Christopher R. Armenta 35.7% 8,270
     Democratic John Jake 4% 931
Total Votes 23,193

Campaign donors


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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas campaign contribution history
Year Office Result Contributions
2016 California State Assembly, District 54 Won $731,486
2014 California State Assembly, District 28 Won $698,035
2013 California State Assembly, District 28 Won $713,783
Grand total raised $2,143,304
Source: Follow the Money

2016

Ridley-Thomas won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2016. During that election cycle, Ridley-Thomas raised a total of $731,486.
California State Assembly 2016 election - campaign contributions
Top contributors to Sebastian Ridley-Thomas's campaign in 2016
California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Cmte$17,000
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees / Afscme$17,000
California State Council Of Laborers$17,000
California State Council Of Service Employees$17,000
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16$10,400
Total raised in 2016$731,486
Source: Follow the Money

2014

Ridley-Thomas won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Ridley-Thomas raised a total of $713,783.

2013

Ridley-Thomas won election to the California State Assembly in 2013. During that election cycle, Ridley-Thomas raised a total of $1,183,587.
California State Assembly 2013 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sebastian Ridley-Thomas's campaign in 2013
Los Angeles County Democratic Party$97,010
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees / Afscme$8,200
Electrical Workers Local 18$8,200
United Long Term Care Workers Local 6434$8,200
MBC$8,200
Total Raised in 2013$1,183,587
Source: Follow the Money

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Ridley-Thomas' endorsements included the following:[16]

  • California Democratic Party
  • Hon. Dianne Feinstein, Member, United States Senate
  • Hon. Barbara Boxer, Member, United States Senate
  • Hon. Karen Bass, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Janice Hahn, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr., Governor, State of California
  • Hon. Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor
  • Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman, L.A. County Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. Mike Feuer, City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Herb Wesson, President, L.A. City Council
  • Hon. Mike Bonin, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Curren Price, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Paul Koretz, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Bill Rosendahl, L.A. City Council member (Ret.)
  • Hon. James T. Butts, Mayor, City of Inglewood
  • Hon. Michael A. “Mehaul” O’Leary, Council member, Culver City
  • Hon. Lee Baca, Sheriff, L.A. County
  • Hon. Jerome E. Horton, Chairman, California Board of Equalization
  • Hon. Holly J. Mitchell, Senate member
  • Hon. Rod Wright, Senate member

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2017

In 2017, the California State Legislature was in session from December 5, 2016 through September 15, 2017.

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Footnotes

Political offices
Preceded by
Holly Mitchell (D)
California State Assembly District 54
2013-2017
Succeeded by
Sydney Kamlager (D)