Which party or parties has/have held majorities almost continuously in the California Assembly and Senate for nearly forty years?
C. Neither; power shifts regularly
D. It doesn’t matter because parties share power in both houses, so majority party status is irrelevant
E. The Democrats have controlled the Assembly and the Republicans have controlled the Senate
In recent years, California has consistently voted for the Democratic candidate in presidential elections. The Democrat has won in California in every presidential election beginning with Bill Clinton’s first election in 1992. Before that, however, California tended to vote Republican. From 1952, when California voted for President Eisenhower, through 1988, when it voted for the first President Bush, California only voted Democratic once, in the 1964 Democratic landslide.
However, we do not see the same trend in voting for the California State Assembly and Senate. There, the state has been dominated by the Democratic Party for close to 60 years. The Republicans have not held control of both the Assembly and the Senate since the mid-1950s. Since then, they have never controlled the Senate and have rarely controlled the Assembly. Given these facts, it is clearly correct to say that the Democrats have controlled California’s legislature for most of the last 40 years.