NFIB/CA Announces Endorsements for State Senate and Assembly

Date: May 12, 2016 Last Edit: May 19, 2016

National Federation of Independent Business/California
Contact: Shawn Lewis (916) 342-9315; 
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NFIB Announces Endorsements for State Senate and Assembly
Endorsements reflect candidates who are consistently friends of small business 

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2016 – Today the NFIB/CA SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust PAC announced a group of legislative endorsements for the 2016 primary and general elections. The PAC moved to endorse these candidates due to their high voting record alignment with NFIB/CA positions and/or due to the compelling nature of their candidacy given the dynamics of that specific race.

NFIB/CA State Executive Director Tom Scott stated, “These candidates reflect the clearest choice for small business both in the June Primary and on the November General ballot. We have full confidence that each of these candidates will bring a unique and powerful voice for small business under the Capitol dome in Sacramento.”

While these endorsed candidates warranted the early support from NFIB, the NFIB SAFE Trust PAC has not concluded endorsements for 2016. Legislative candidates seeking NFIB’s endorsement may contact our office to complete our questionnaire and potentially arrange an interview with NFIB staff.

NFIB represents 22,000 dues-paying small business members in California comprising a cross-section of the state’s economy. The endorsement comes from NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, labor, and regulatory issues.

Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the small-business vote for candidates in the June 7 primary, and again in November.

Below is the current list of NFIB SAFE Trust PAC endorsed candidates:

Senate District 1 (Northeast Cal): Ted Gaines (R)
Senate District 5 (San Joaquin): Cathleen Galgiani (D)
Senate District 7 (Concord): Steve Glazer (D)
Senate District 21 (Palmdale): Scott Wilk (R)
Senate District 23 (Redlands): Mike Morrell (R)
Senate District 25 (Pasadena): Michael Antonovich (R)
Senate District 27 (Ventura Co): Steve Fazio (R)
Senate District 29 (Fullerton): Ling Ling Chang (R)
Senate District 31 (Riverside): Richard Roth (D)
Senate District 37 (Irvine): John Moorlach (R)
Assembly District 1 (Northeast Cal): Brian Dahle (R)
Assembly District 3 (Butte-Tehama-Yuba): James Gallagher (R)
Assembly District 5 (Foothills): Frank Bigelow (R)
Assembly District 8 (East Sacramento Co.): Ken Cooley (D)
Assembly District 16 (Tri-Valley): Catharine Baker (R)
Assembly District 21 (Merced): Adam Gray (D)
Assembly District 23 (Fresno): Jim Patterson (R)
Assembly District 26 (Tulare): Devon Mathis (R)
Assembly District 33 (SB High Desert): Jay Obernolte (R)
Assembly District 34 (Bakersfield): Vince Fong (R)
Assembly District 35 (San Luis Obispo): Jordan Cunningham (R)
Assembly District 36 (Palmdale): Tom Lackey (R)
Assembly District 38 (Santa Clarita): Dante Acosta (R)
Assembly District 40 (Redlands): Marc Steinorth (R)
Assembly District 42 (Yucaipa): Chad Mayes (R)
Assembly District 60 (Corona): Eric Linder (R)
Assembly District 65 (Fullerton): Young Kim (R)
Assembly District 66 (Torrance): David Hadley (R)
Assembly District 67 (Murrieta): Melissa Melendez (R)
Assembly District 72 (Seal Beach): Travis Allen (R)
Assembly District 73 (Dana Point): Bill Brough (R)
Assembly District 74 (Irvine): Matthew Harper (R)
Assembly District 75 (Escondido): Marie Waldron (R)
Assembly District 76 (Carlsbad): Rocky J. Chavez (R)
Assembly District 77 (North SD): Brian Maienschein (R)


For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities. To learn more visit

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