About Alex

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As California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla’s priorities are protecting voting rights, engaging more citizens to register and turn out to vote, increasing transparency around campaigns and making it easier to register and start a business. 

Alex Padilla made history in November when he was elected to serve as California’s first Latino Secretary of State, and only the second Latino to be elected to statewide office. 

In his fifteen years in elected office, Alex Padilla built a reputation for working across party lines to get things done. As a State Senator, he passed more than 80 bills signed into law by both Democratic and Republican governors.

His legislative accomplishments include the nation’s first requirement for nutritional labeling at fast food restaurants, a major expansion of broadband access to underserved rural and urban areas, the first regulatory structure for the integration of driverless cars, the nation’s first statewide ban on single use plastic bags, and streamlining the process for community college students to transfer to four-year universities.

Frequently mentioned as one of America’s political rising stars, Padilla previously served as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), representing more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials nationwide.

Winning a seat on the Los Angeles City Council at the age of 26, Alex Padilla was later elected by his peers as President of the Council, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to ever serve as President.  During his term as City Council President, Padilla also was elected as the President of the League of California Cities, the first Latino to serve in that position.

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Alex Padilla grew up in the working class neighborhood of Pacoima in Los Angeles. Like many Californians, Padilla’s parents emigrated here in pursuit of the American Dream. 

His father worked as a short order cook, and his mother cleaned houses.  They taught him that with hard work and a good education, anything is possible.

After attending Los Angeles public schools, Alex Padilla attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He later served as a member of the MIT Corporation board.  Padilla, 41, lives in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles with his wife Angela and their three young sons.

 

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