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MEET SECRETARY ALEX PADILLA
Alex Padilla is an experienced leader who has spent more than 20 years serving the people of California. Padilla embodies the American Dream: he is the son of Mexican immigrants who was raised in a working-class neighborhood in Pacoima, California. His upbringing reflects the story of millions of Americans who work their way up from their humble roots. His mother worked cleaning houses, and his father was a short-order cook, and thanks to their sacrifice, Padilla was able to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an engineering degree.
At the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and subsequently, he became the youngest and the first Latino elected president of the city council, a position he held for three terms. In 2006, Padilla was elected to the California State Senate, where he served for eight years.
During his tenure in the state senate, Padilla acquired a notable legislative portfolio, including initiatives aimed at expanding health care and health care awareness, combating climate change and protecting the environment, and improving access to higher education. In 2015, Padilla was sworn in as Secretary of State of California becoming the first Latino to hold this office in the state. He was re-elected in 2018. Secretary Padilla has worked diligently by putting forth bold programs designed to make voter registration accessible and expand the electorate. As part of his extensive efforts, the state of California implemented Same-Day Registration, launched automatic voter registration, and established online pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds.
Padilla has more than 20 years of public service experience and has been a leading voice for the people of California. He is the leader that California and the Latino community need in the United States Senate.
WHY WE ARE WITH ALEX
A champion for California’s working families.
From serving in Los Angeles City Council to the Secretary of State’s office, Padilla has proven to be an effective leader for the people of California.