Sen. Kevin De Leon selected to Chair Democratic Caucus

Chad Outler | December 07, 2010

Dec. 7, 2010 -- California State Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has been chosen by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to lead the Senate Democratic Caucus, according to the LA Times. De Leon's appointment fills a vacancy created by the passing of Sen. Jenny Oropeza in October.

According to his campaign website, De Leon has been a member of the State Allocation Board and was chairman of the California State Assembly's Appropriations Committee during his second term in that body. Senator De Leon is originally from San Diego.

The following are the top ten contributors to De Leon's campaign by interest group:

General Trade Unions$272,250
Public Sector Unions$202,832
Lawyers & Lobbyists$131,610
Health Professionals$82,199
Real Estate$76,100
Tribal Governments$63,500
Gambling & Casinos$61,150
Beer, Wine & Liquor$56,850
Telecom Services & Equipment   

Contributions above are for the last four years of available data, Jul 1, 2006 - Jun 30, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (