Terms of Office

 

Offices

Taking Office Date

Code Section

Term Length

Term Limits

Federal Offices

President & Vice President Noon on January 20th US Constitution

Art. XX, Sect 1

4 years

2 terms

U.S. Senator Noon on January 3rd US Constitution

Art. XX, Sect 1

6 years

none

U.S. Representative in Congress Noon on January 3rd US Constitution

Art. XX, Sect 1

2 years

none

State Offices

Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction 1st Monday after January 1st Cal. Const. Art. 5, Sect. 2, 9, 11 & Art. 9 Sect. 2

4 years

2 terms

State Senator 1st Monday in December Cal. Const. Art. 4 Sect. 2

4 years

2 terms

Member of State Assembly 1st Monday in December Cal. Const. Art. 4 Sect. 2

2 years

3 terms

Member of State Board of Equalization 1st Monday after January 1st  

4 years

2  terms

Judicial Offices

Chief Justice of California 1st Monday after January 1st Cal. Const. Art. 6 Sect. 16

12 years

none

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1st Monday after January 1st  

12 years

none

Associate Justice , Court of Appeal 1st Monday after January 1st  

12 years

none

Superior Court Judge 1st Monday after January 1st Cal. Const. Art. 6 Sect. 16(c)

6 years

none

County Offices

County Supervisors Noon on 1st Monday after January 1st Gov 24200

4 years

none

Assessor/Clerk-Recorder, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coroner Noon on 1st Monday after January 1st Gov 24200

4 years

none

County Superintendent of Schools Noon on 1st Monday after January 1st Gov 24200

4 years

none

County Board of Education Last Friday in November Elect. 1007

4 years

none

Local Offices

City Council (Determined by City)  

4 years

none

School Boards 1st Friday in December Ed. 5017

4 years

none

Community Colleges 1st Friday in December EC 5017

4 years

none

Special Districts 1st Friday in December Elect. 10554

4 years

none

Member of a Party Central Committee or Council

Democratic Party At Organizational Meeting  

2 years

none

Republican Party At Organizational Meeting held in December or January Elect. 7441(b)

2 years

none

All Other Parties July 11th  

2 years

 

Special Circumstances

Changing Year of Election

Districts

Schools

Colleges

  Elect. 10404

Elect. 10404.5

Elect. 10405.7

   
New Special District 1st Friday in December Elect. 10505    
Increase in Division   Elect. 1506    
New board after unification 1st Friday in December Elect. 35105    

Note: Education Code 5300 states school elections are governing by Elections Code

Government Code 1225: Every executive and judicial officer and every Member of the Legislature may administer and certify oaths.
A former judge of a court of record in this state who retired or resigned from office, other than a judge who was retired by the Supreme Court for disability, shall be deemed a judicial officer for purposes of this section, if the former judge requests and receives a certification from the Commission on Judicial Performance that there was no formal disciplinary proceeding pending at the time of retirement or resignation. Where no formal disciplinary proceeding was pending at the time of retirement or resignation, the Commission on Judicial Performance shall issue the certification. No law, rule, or regulation regarding the confidentiality of proceedings of the Commission on Judicial Performance shall be construed to prohibit the Commission on Judicial Performance from issuing a certificate as provided for in this section.


(Terms of Office) (Rev. 12/2010)