Some folks have called about yesterday’s column suggesting that many if not most voters are political ignoramuses. Part of the column was a political quiz. The callers asked what the answers were. Here they are:
The vice president of the United States is Joseph Biden, who was a Democratic U.S. senator from Delaware before becoming the 47th vice president. He is 69.
Our representative in Congress is Jeff Denham, a firstterm Republican from the Merced area. He does not live in the district he represents, which currently is the 19th District. Because of redistricting which followed the 2010 Census, he no longer will represent us after the 2012 election. Most of Madera County will be in Congressional Districts 4 and 16.
Members of the Madera County Board of Supervisors are: Frank Bigelow, District 1; David Rogers, District 2; Ronn Dominici, District 3; Max Rodriguez, District 4; Tom Wheeler, District 5. Members of the Madera City Council are: Sally Bomprezzi, Brett Frazier (mayor), Andrew Medellin (mayor pro tem), Robert Poythress, Gary Svanda. (Beginning this year, council members will be elected by district, and the mayor will be elected separately and at large.) Members of the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees are: Ray G. Seibert, Area 1; Lynn Cogdill, Area 2; Robert E. Garibay, Area 3; Maria Velarde-Garcia, Area 4; Michael Salvador (board clerk), Area 5; Ricardo Arredondo (board president), Area 6; Jose Rodriguez, Area 7.
The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is John Roberts.
Each state, regardless of population, is allowed to have two U.S. senators.
Madera County is in two California Assembly districts — the 25th, in which Kristin Olsen is the Assembly member, and the 29th, in which Dr. Linda Halderman is the Assembly member. Both are Republicans. Neither is likely to represent us in the future as a result of redistricting. After redistricting, most of Madera County will be in the 5th Assembly District.
Madera County also is in two state Senate districts — the 12th, in which Anthony Cannella is the senator, and the 14th, in which Tom Berryhill is the senator. Both are Republicans. After redistricting, Madera County will be in the 8th and 12th Senate districts.
You might want to clip and save this as a prompter for the upcoming elections.