Jose (Jose) Medina (D-SH61)
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Capitol: 916.319.2061
FAX: 916.319.2161
District: 951.369.6644
Suite 6210 State Capitol 1021 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

District Office:
1223 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Linda   DOB: 3/29/1953
Committee Assignments
ChairmanAssembly Committee on Higher Education
ChairmanAssembly Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs
MemberAssembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
MemberSubcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Economic Development in the Inland Empire
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Native American Affairs
MemberJoint Committee on the Arts
MemberAssembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California
MemberAssembly Committee on Transportation
MemberAssembly Committee on Business and Professions
MemberAssembly Committee on Budget
Counties Representing


Assemblymember Jose Medina was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Mead Valley. He currently serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. A former educator, Mr. Medina cares deeply about education and works to champion policies that improve the lives of students across the state. He believes that an educated workforce is critical to the success of California.

Mr. Medina's eagerness to assist students beyond the classroom motivated him to pursue public office. He served as a school board member on the Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education and completed three successful terms on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees. Mr. Medina recognizes the critical role higher education plays in supporting jobs and opening up the doors for opportunity.

During his first term in the Assembly, Mr. Medina led the effort to ensure the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine received $15 million in on-going funds through the state budget, to train students for crucial jobs in the health-care industry. In turn, those jobs will strengthen the region's economy, as well as improve health care accessibility in the Inland Empire.

In 2018, Mr. Medina also secured $9.7 million to support the development of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, also known as "The Cheech." The Cheech will reside in the City of Riverside and be a permanent home for Cheech Marin's collection of Chicano art, making it the most prominent collection of its kind in the U.S. and boosting tourism in the Inland Empire.

Assemblymember Medina is a proud UC Riverside alumnus, with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies, and a master's degree in History. He has two adult children, and two grandchildren. He currently resides in Riverside with his wife, Linda.