Salinas, California , United States
|| October 08, 1955
Feb 11, 2017 04:06am
|Info||Assemblymember Salinas was born in Slayton, Texas and is one of twelve children of migrant farmworkers. He graduated from Watsonville High School in 1974, and then went on to Claremont McKenna College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Studies in 1978. In 1981, Assemblymember Salinas earned a Bilingual Teaching Credential from San Jose State University and in 1984 graduated with a Jurisprudence Doctorate from Santa Clara Law School. |
After receiving his law degree, Assemblymember Salinas put his Teaching Credential to good work as a 6th grade teacher, giving him hands-on knowledge of California's classrooms. He later expanded his academic career as a professor at Hartnell Community College from 1989 through 1993.
Assemblymember Salinas began his public service career in June 1989 when he was elected as the first Mexican-American to serve on the Salinas City Council. During his tenure with the City of Salinas, the Assemblymember served as Mayor Pro-Tem. Assemblymember Salinas was elected to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and again in 1997. During his second term, he was elected Chair of the Board and was the first Mexican-American to serve on the Board in more than 100 years.
Sworn in to the California State Assembly on December 4, 2000, Assemblymember Salinas represents the 28th Assembly District. This district includes part of Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties and encompasses all of San Benito County. The 28th Assembly District is a diverse area of the state that is truly growing and changing. It is rural and heavily agricultural, but has also developed strong ties to the Silicon Valley and high technology.
During his first term, Assemblymember Salinas authored legislation that addressed district and statewide issues including education, agriculture, housing, health care and transportation. For his work in these areas, he was named Legislator of the Year by Skills USA-VICA and the California Psychiatric Association and earned honors from the California Migrant Education Program and the Community Action Partnership. More recently, Assemblymember Salinas was named Legislator of the Year by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association for his work on housing and local land use policies. The California Transit Association also chose him as Legislator of the Year for his work to improve transportation opportunities. Assemblymember Salinas has received additional honors from the Latino Caucus of the League of Cities and the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
Assemblymember Salinas chairs the Local Government Committee and the Select Committee on Rural Economic Development. Reflecting the most pressing needs of the 28th district, his committee assignments also include the Transportation, Agriculture, Health, Housing & Community Development and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Assemblymember Salinas has lived most of his life in the Salinas area, growing up around agribusiness and on the farm. He has one son, and like many other parents, enjoys watching football and soccer games on the weekends.
Sources: Candidate campaign website, SmartVoter.org