Rudy (Rudy) Salas (D-32)

State Assembly Member Rudy Salas

Rudy (Rudy) Salas (D-32)
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District: 661.335.0302
State Assembly Member
Room 4016 State Capitol 1303 Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
1430 Truxton Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Residence:Bakersfield, CA

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Bio

First elected in 2012, Assemblymember Rudy Salas represents the 32nd Assembly District, which is comprised of a part of the city of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch. Since he arrived in Sacramento, Assemblymember Salas has stood by his commitment to take a stand for Central Valley families and the interests of the region. As the state struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic, Assemblymember Salas was instrumental in getting hundreds of thousands of items of protective equipment to frontline workers, not only those working in our hospitals but also our agricultural fields. As California recovers from the economic toll of the pandemic, Assemblymember Salas gave a boost to the region by securing over $50 million in dedicated investment for Central Valley projects that will expand local nursing programs and construct an emergency response center, a cooling center, a clean water well and a new building at Bakersfield College, Delano campus. Salas has been a steadfast voice for the Valley in the Capitol, prioritizing the issues of public safety, clean drinking water, small business success, improving air quality and healthcare, workforce development, and expanding the Valley's educational opportunities. In the 2021-2022 state budget, Salas fought to secure $2 million to build an emergency response center in Avenal and also delivered $5.7 million for the construction of Corcoran's new Police Headquarters, which is now finished. In response to the drought, Salas also advocated for the allocation of $1.38 billion for clean drinking water investments and infrastructure to rural communities. In 2019, he also secured $12.5 million specifically for Central Valley safe drinking water projects. Additionally, in 2017, Assemblymember Salas secured $4 million in state funds for the Friant Kern Canal Project to bring stability and flexibility to California's water system and provide additional water supplies to the region reducing dependence on groundwater wells. He also authored legislation to keep drinking water safe and affordable by expanding state financial assistance to water systems in severely disadvantaged rural communities. Salas has also been a long-time supporter of the Temperance Flat Reservoir Project. With healthcare being a persistent issue in the Central Valley, Salas has been a leader on the issue of Valley Fever, delivering a total of $10 million in investment for research and outreach. He has authored legislation that makes reporting and Valley Fever resources more readily available to workers and saved Kern Medical Center from closing its doors. To expand educational opportunities in healthcare and nursing, Assemblymember Salas worked collaboratively with Bakersfield and CSU Bakersfield to bring millions to increase classes, hire more teachers, and construct new buildings on campus so the Valley students are able to receive a quality education in our community. Assemblymember Salas continues to stand up for the Central Valley in Sacramento authoring legislation to reform the Employment Development Department (EDD), protecting veterans from discrimination, increasing pipleline safety and more. Assemblymember Salas graduated from UCLA with degrees in History and Political Science. Prior to serving in the Assembly, his passion for public service and good governance led him to spend time working at the White House, the State Capitol as a legislative staffer, and ultimately back to the Central Valley where he was a District Director and in 2012 served as the first Latino City Council member in the City of Bakersfield. Assemblymember Salas has been named "Legislator of the Year" by California 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatchers, California Police Chiefs Association, the American GI Forum of California, the California Issues Forum, the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation, the Foundation for Independent Living Centers, and the California Optometric Association. He currently serves on the following Assembly Committees- Veterans Affairs; Water, Parks & Wildlife; Governmental Organization; Business and Professions; and is Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Select Committee on Early Childhood Development.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 3/12/1977
Counties Representing
Kern
Kings