Biography

First elected in 2012, Assemblymember Rudy Salas represents the 32nd Assembly District, which is comprised of a portion 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 was first elected to office, Assemblymember Salas has championed issues for working families in the Central Valley and has dedicated himself to addressing the unique interests and needs of the region. Assemblymember Salas has been a voice for the Valley, bringing historic levels of investment to the community to fight Valley Fever, support agricultural education, expand workforce development, and strengthen public safety.

 

Salas was instrumental in securing an unprecedented total of $10 million dollars to combat Valley Fever, with $5 million going to research at the Valley Fever Institute in Kern County, $3 million for research at the University of California, and $2 million for the Department of Public Health to conduct outreach and increase public awareness.

 

He has also been a key supporter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program, saving$4 million for Agriculture Education grants that helped FFA continue to thrive in our local schools. Salas continues to make expanding workforce development a priority, insuring that workers in the Valley are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. In total, Assemblymember Salas has secured $15 million in workforce development programs for job training as well as $2 million for career technical education courses at Bakersfield College over the past two years.

 

While in office, Assemblymember Salas has been a close partner with the law enforcement community and has advocated for strengthening public safety in the Valley. Last year, Salas helped secure $10 million for the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program and $5 million annually for three years to the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce in the state budget. Assemblymember Salas also led the charge to re-open local community correctional facilities and partnered with law enforcement to secure more than $13 million for Kings County public safety and emergency services.

 

In addition to bringing unprecedented levels of investment to the Central Valley, Assemblymember Salas continues to lead legislative efforts that help improve the quality of life for all workers, families, seniors, and children living in the Valley.

 

Salas has successfully passed numerous pieces of legislation that have helped our disabled veterans by expanding tax relief, increased protections for workers through Valley Fever education, helped law enforcement more effectively combat illegal gambling, protected the health of vulnerable communities by strengthening pipeline safety, and improved clean drinking water in the Valley.

 

During the 2019 budget negotiations, Assemblymember Salas was instrumental in passing the Safe Drinking Water Act, which brought $130 million in funds for water quality improvements to the Central Valley, including $2.5 million to help bring communities into compliance with safe drinking water standards. In 2017, Assemblymember Salas also 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 to reduce dependence on groundwater wells.

 

Assemblymember Salas remains committed to delivering real results for the people of the Central Valley and throughout California. He continues to champion issues and legislation focused on improving the health and well-being of our communities, which has earned him numerous accolades from both local and statewide organizations.

 

Assemblymember Salas has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the 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.

 

Assemblymember Salas graduated from UCLA with degrees in History and Political Science. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he served as the first Latino City Council member in the City of Bakersfield.

 

He currently serves on the following Assembly Committees: Veterans Affairs; Water, Parks & Wildlife; Governmental Organization; Agriculture; and is Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Select Committee on Early Childhood Development.