UCR Alumnus Named Speaker-Designee of the California State Assembly

Congratulations-Asm-Rendon-from-UCR-(1) (2)Assemblymember and alumnus Anthony Rendon ’00 is is Speaker-Designee of the California State Assembly and will replace Speaker Toni Atkins in January 2016. From his official page:

Assemblymeber Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. The 63rd Assembly District includes nine cities – Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, South Gate, and a northern portion of Long Beach.

During his first term in office, Rendon chaired the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and authored Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, which voters passed by a 67% to 33% margin in the November 2014 election.

Now in his second term, Rendon chairs the Utilities and Commerce Committee, and serves on the Water, Parks & Wildlife, Natural Resources, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and Appropriations Committees.

Rendon arrived in the Assembly with a commitment to clean, transparent, and open government, having come from a district with more than its share of impropriety by government officials. Rendon’s work on the water bond reflected this commitment. During the bond development process, Rendon took input from residents over the course of 16 public hearings throughout the state, resulting in a measure with no earmarks or backroom deals.

In addition to the water bond, Rendon passed bills on a wide range of topics in his first term, reflecting his interests in early childhood education and the environment. He authored Assembly Bill 711, the statewide ban on lead hunting ammunition to remove a known toxic substance from impacting human and wildlife health. Rendon also passed Assembly Bill 2403, which streamlined stormwater capture programs and facilitated water conservation in California.

Prior to serving in the Assembly, Rendon was an educator, non-profit executive director, and environmental activist. He led Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc. as Executive Director. “Plaza” provides comprehensive child development and social and medical services to over 2,300 children and families offered through Plaza’s 35 child development centers located throughout Los Angeles County. Before working at Plaza, Rendon served as the Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) from 2008 to 2009.

Rendon attended Cerritos Community College before earning his Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degrees from California State University, Fullerton. As a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and completed post-doctoral work at Boston University. Rendon served as adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton from 2001 to 2008.

Rendon resides in Paramount with his wife Annie.

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