Assemblymember Rudy Salas was born and raised in California’s Central Valley and was elected in 2012 to the California State Assembly. Since his election, Salas has successfully fought for 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 securing $5 million for Kings County public safety services, leading the charge to re-open local community correctional facilities, authoring legislation to shut down illegal gambling cafes, protect veterans from discrimination, and improve pipeline safety.
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 by 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 Assembly District.
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.
He currently serves on the following Assembly Committees: Veterans Affairs; Water, Parks & Wildlife; Governmental Organization; Agriculture; and Rules. Assemblymember Salas represents California’s 32nd Assembly District which is 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.