Assemblymember Salas Named Legislator of the Year by the American Legion

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Assemblymember Salas receiving American Legions' Legislator of the Year Award

American Legion awards Salas for his leadership, support, and dedication to veterans

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) received the American Legion’s Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year award for the 2018 legislative session.  Salas was recognized for his leadership, support, and dedication to the veterans and service members of California.  The Legislator of the Year is an annual award given by the American Legion to legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California’s veterans, military members, and their families.    

“It is an incredible honor and I am deeply humbled to receive the Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year award from the American Legion” said Assemblymember Salas.  “California is home to nearly 2 million veterans, it is our duty to serve and fight for the rights of veterans. I've been a proud partner fighting for veteran’s rights against discrimination, increased access to services and honoring our servicemembers past and present. Thank you American Legion for honoring me as your Legislator of the Year and thank you for your continued efforts in supporting veterans and their families.”

“The American Legion is honored to recognize Assemblymember Salas for the work he has done for the veterans and service members of California,” said Don Harper, Chairman of the American Legions’ Legislative Commission.  “He has been a strong advocate and supporter of veteran’s affairs.  We commend his leadership and commitment to our issues and community.  We are proud to name him Legislator of the Year.”  

Salas has been an active member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee for over 6 years.  This year, Assemblymember Salas introduced Assembly Bills (AB) 1257 which would exempt disabled veterans from paying sales and use tax on adaptive automotive equipment and 1258 which would provide personal income tax relief for active duty service members and veterans.    


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Assemblymember Salas represents 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.