Assemblymember Rudy Salas was born and raised in California’s Central Valley.
Since elected in 2012 to the California State Assembly, Salas has successfully fought for the families in the Central Valley. In his two terms, he co-authored the $7.5 billion Water Bond for safe drinking water and storage projects; saved $4 million for Agriculture Education programs that serve FFA programs in our local schools; secured $15 million in the budget for job training and millions more for local schools and disability services; He has also authored legislation to stabilize Kern Medical Center and bring more doctors to the Valley.
Additionally, Salas has kept our neighborhoods safe by leading the charge to re-open local community correctional facilities, securing $5 million for Kings County public safety services, authoring legislation to shut down illegal gambling cafes, protect veterans from discrimination, and improve pipeline safety.
As Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Business & Professions, Salas oversees all legislation that relates to professional licensing and changes to regulatory entities under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The issues that come before the committee are complex and engage a broad range of stakeholders including health, educational, and occupational groups.
On his path to public service, Salas held several jobs to save for college, including working in the farm and oil fields. He then graduated from UCLA with two degrees, went on to work at the White House and later returned home to work at California State University, Bakersfield.
His passion for public service led him to the State Capitol where he served as legislative staff and locally as District Director. Shortly after, Salas realized his dream of representing and fighting for his community and becoming the first Latino to serve on the Bakersfield City Council. He now has the honor of serving in the California Legislature representing the 32nd District.
Assemblymember Salas currently serves on the following Assembly Committees: Chair, Business and Professions; Agriculture; Governmental Organization; Veterans Affairs; Chair, Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis; Chair, Workforce and Vocational Development in California; Member, Renewable Energy Economy in Rural CA; Member, California Workforce Investment Board.
Assemblymember Salas was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 32nd Assembly District, comprised of 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.