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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " CHRISTOPHER HOLDEN " IS AN AMERICAN POLITICIAN CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY SINCE 2012 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Chris Holden


Chris Holden
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Majority Leader of the California State Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byV. Manuel Perez
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byAnthony Portantino(redistricted)
53rd Mayor of Pasadena
In office
May 1997 – May 1999
Preceded byBill Paparian
Succeeded byBill Bogaard
Personal details
BornJuly 19, 1960 (age 54)
Pasadena, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Melanie Holden
Christopher Holden (born July 19, 1960) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly since 2012. He is a Democrat representing the 41st district, in its new location encompassing the northern San Gabriel Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.[1] He was appointed Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Assembly in 2014. He is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus.[2] Holden is the son of Los Angeles politician Nate Holden.

History

Prior to being elected to the state assembly, Holden was a Pasadena city council member, and a former mayor of the city, serving from 1997 to 1999.[3] He is the second longest-serving city council member in the city's history, having served since 1989.
Holden is an alumnus of Pasadena High School and San Diego State University. He first ran for seat 3 of the Pasadena City Council in 1985, but lost narrowly to incumbent Loretta Thompson-Glickman. He was elected four years later, and was appointed Mayor in 1997. During his term, the City charter was revised to allow for open election of the mayor. However, in the first citywide mayoral election, Holden was defeated by former Council member and current Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

Electoral history

Pasadena General Election, 1999
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticBill Bogaard11,57660
DemocraticChris Holden (incumbent)7,76040
Total votes19,336100.0
Voter turnout %

2014

California's 41st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticChris Holden (incumbent)35,29698.1
RepublicanNathaniel Tsai (write-in)3941.1
RepublicanSamuel S. Forsen (write-in)1200.3
LibertarianTed Brown (write-in)840.2
RepublicanLinda Hazelton (write-in)830.2
Total votes35,977100.0
General election
DemocraticChris Holden (incumbent)62,81059.3
RepublicanNathaniel Tsai43,12640.7
Total votes105,936100.0
Democratic hold
In 2014, Holden was reelected to the Assembly with 59% of the vote. Nathaniel Tsai,[4] the 18 year old challenger to Holden, finished with 41% of the vote. [5]

Legislation

In his first term, Holden introduced legislation to require California schools to teach about the significance of the Barack Obama presidency.[6] He introduced legislation to tackle the problem of grease thievery at restaurants.[7] He also introduced legislation to study and foster economic development and job creation. [8]