Who are the California superdelegates?

Will the Democratic “superdelegates” — the members of Congress and party apparatchiks — end up determining whether it’s Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who gets the nomination this year? Quite possibly, if neither gets enough pledged delegates from the state primaries and caucuses (a scenario that seems more and more likely). In California, we’ve got 66 superdelegates, and as I count ’em, I see 26 already saying they’ll support Clinton, 11 for Obama and 29 who haven’t said anything yet, although any could change their mind at any time.

(Sorry it took me so long to get this list up — other bloggers beat me to it — but finding links for all these DNC members was time consuming!)

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. —- Clinton
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. —– none
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena —– Clinton
Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento —– Clinton
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma —– Clinton
Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez —– Obama
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco —– none
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland —– Obama
Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo —– Clinton
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton —– none
12th District seat (the late Tom Lantos, most likely will be Jackie Speier) —– none
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont —– none
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto —– Obama
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose —– none
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose —– Obama
Rep. Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz —– none
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater —– Clinton
Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno —– none
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara —– none
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks —– Clinton
Rep. Howard Berman, D-North Hollywood —– none
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank —– Obama
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles —– none
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles —– Obama
Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte —– Clinton
Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles —– Clinton
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles —– Clinton
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles —– Clinton
Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice —– Clinton
Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Long Beach —– Clinton
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk —– Clinton
Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood —– Obama
Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto —– Clinton
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Anaheim —– Clinton
Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego —– none
Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego —– none
DNC member Steven Alari —– none
DNC member Jeremy Bernard —– Obama
DNC member Rachel Binah —– Clinton
DNC member Mary Ellen Early —– Obama
DNC member Maria Echaveste —– Clinton
DNC member Edward Espinoza —– none
DNC member Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker —– none
DNC member Eric Garcetti —– Obama
DNC member Kamil Hasan —– Clinton
DNC member Inola Henry —– none
DNC member Alice Huffman —– Clinton
DNC member Aleita Huguenin —– none
DNC member Charles Manatt —– Clinton
DNC member Carole Midgen —– none
DNC member Bob Mulholland —– none
DNC member Mona Pasquil —– Clinton
DNC member Christine Pelosi —– none
DNC member John Perez —– none
DNC member Robert Rankin —– none
DNC member Mirian Saez —– Clinton
DNC member Garry Shay —– none
DNC member Christopher Stampolis —– Clinton
DNC member Crystal Strait —– none
DNC member Art Torres —– none
DNC member Norma Torres —– Obama
DNC member Keith Umemoto —– none
DNC member Alicia Wang —– Clinton
DNC member Vernon Watkins —– none
DNC member Rosalind Wyman —– Clinton
DNC member Steve Ybarra —– none

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • miquel

    You forgot former DNC Chair Charles Manatt who is listed
    on the cadem.org website

  • Mark

    You are wrong… there are many others on this list as well, eg. big city mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

  • Josh Richman

    Look again, Miguel – Manatt is on my list. And sorry to disagree, Mark, but this is the complete list as provided to me by the state Democratic party; Newsom and Villaraigosa aren’t superdelegates.

  • Mark

    Sorry, you are right. They are actually considered Party Leader/Elected Official Delegates.


  • Kathy

    “The Democratic Party must be democratic. The superdelegates should let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama, PLEASE support the people’s choice.”


    Why has Obama received so many less superdel than Clinton from Cal? Aren’t you letting the voter decide? Yet the election was

    Vote: Clinton – 52%, Obama – 42%
    Superdelegates: Clinton – 27, Obama – 13

    Doesn’t this seem skewed?

    “The superdelegates should let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama, PLEASE support the people’s choice.”

  • dvdpt

    Dianne Feinstein,Barbara Boxer,and her crone!!!
    clinton superdelegates are BUSH cronnies!!!


  • sally gilmore

    Re: Florida & Michigan

    I thought the DNC represented us Democrats? Is it true that one candidate is able to control the DNC by extortion of withholding further contributions? If so, and it is successful, I will not support the Democrats. How many on the DNC rules committee support Obama? Hillary? This committee made the rules so why are they all of a sudden arbitrary?

  • Gladys Figueroa

    Would like to let the superdelagates of California know that they should support Senator Clinton not only because she won here in California but also she is the person that can actually win the general elections.The only way that the delegates should be thinking when casting their vote is which canditate is more electable. We democrats need to get the the White House back. They should not be influenced by the media. The Republican sound the senator Clinton is devisive is just that a sound bite. We voters know better. Senator Obama is not experienced enough at this time and this is not time to get a trainee of the job….times are hard, people will be voting depending most likely on the economy issues….thank you.

  • niagaragirl

    Voter’s will be surprised to learn how many foreign countries support Barack Obama. Which is a ‘refreshing..terrific thing. I blog globally on a daily basis, and the Clinton’s do have very, very high negative’s. They don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    Of course, part of the problem is the “Homeland Security” and “National Security” damage that’s been done during ‘The Reign’ of the Clinton’s as far back as Arkansas. We are 10 or so Country’s, affected by bioterrorism during his administration.

    Of course, there was also domestic terrorism such as Waco and Oklahoma, WTC-93, American Embassies oversees, The “Cole”…but who’s counting. I think this couple’s scandels will continue with ferver, but hopefully Obama wins the Presidency. JOhn McCain will not against Obama. Maybe America can shine again

  • Kathy

    It is the Clinton’s fault she is behind and can’t catch up without playing unfairly, making up new math metrics and trying to damage Senator Obama. She does not play well with others.

    This article explains why Senator Obama “closed the deal” in February on Super Tuesday!


    Senator Clinton had no plan because she was overconfident that she would win. Why, because she was a First Lady, he was little known, and she felt entitled as Govenor Richardson said.

    There will be hell to pay for the Democratic Party if the Superdelegates take the nomination and give it to Senator Clinton for any other reason than she has more pledged delegates. That will not go over well, and they will pay for it for years and years.

  • Marie

    heh. if you nominate obama, there is no way that he can win in november. he won’t be elected. mccain will win and the republicans will remain in control of the white house.

    btw, i have no respect for richardson. nobody likes a “benedict arnold” figure.

    i have to mention, the dnc has also shut out the voters of florida and michigan, who WILL be voting in november. now the media is trying to prematurely end the nomination process without letting the remaining states vote. the rules also say the superdelegates can vote for anyone they please. it doesn’t say anything about voting for the person with more pledged delegates – anyone who says this is just trying to change the rules to suit themselves.

  • Mary

    I agree fully with Marie. Obama cannot win in November. As soon as he is announced the nominee, watch out for the Republican ads that will kill his chances. Not that I want him in the first place. His lack of experience and hyprocrisy are glaring and so many are not seeing through it.