Santa Maria, California , United States
|| August 21, 1967
Jan 10, 2017 12:13am
|Info||Throughout his political career, Abel Maldonado has proven that he is an independent voice for his constituents and a rising star in the Republican Party. |
In 1994, Maldonado’s family business applied for a building permit to erect a 35,000 square foot cooling facility. After months of wading through the city’s bureaucracy, he grew disillusioned with the lack of customer service that government had provided him. Maldonado then decided to run for and was elected to the Santa Maria City Council in 1994 at the age of 26. Two years later, he was successful in being elected Mayor by defeating a two-term incumbent. In 1998, Abel took his common-sense style of leadership to Sacramento when he was elected to the State Assembly where he served for three terms.
Abel Maldonado’s meteoric rise has made way for his recognition as a premiere figure in both California and National Politics. Some of his many accomplishments include:
• Nominated George W. Bush and gave the first Spanish-only keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in 2000.
• In 2003, Abel was tapped by Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as State Co-Chair of his campaign for Governor.
• In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger turned to Abel Maldonado to carry his Workers’ Compensation Reform, the most prominent piece of legislation within the Governor’s economic recovery package.
In 2004, Abel ran for State Senator for the 15th District and won the election by receiving 53% of the vote in a District where Democrats outnumber Republicans in registration. With the help of some of his most enthusiastic supporters; Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator Bruce McPherson, to name a few; Abel was successful in California’s most competitive Senatorial District. Abel Maldonado credits much of his success to the values that he learned on the family farm.
The son of immigrant field workers, Abel Maldonado learned how important the fundamental values of family, fiscal responsibility, personal accountability, integrity, and strong work ethic are. Like many other immigrants, his father came to this country with little more than the shirt on his back. Abel believed that through hard work, his family could share in the American Dream. The Maldonado family formed a small farm where as a child, Abel worked in the fields, picking strawberries alongside his father to help support the family. He believed that hard work and a good education were his tickets out of the fields.
Upon graduation of high school, Abel attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where he studied crop science. Maldonado took the business ideas he learned from college back to the small family farm. Abel Maldonado has seen that small farm grow from a half acre of strawberries into a company that now farms over 6,000 acres, employs over 250 people, and ships produce all over the world.
Abel Maldonado remains committed to these fundamental values he was raised on. These guiding principles have allowed him to achieve the American Dream and he continues to work hard to provide others with the same opportunity to share in that dream. Abel makes his home on the family ranch with his wife, Laura, and their four beautiful children Erika, Nicolas, Marcus, and Galdino.