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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 42

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Greg Rodriguez

Community Health Manager
40,446 votes (41.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Mental Health: In my opinion this is one of the biggest issues facing our state and nation. Treatment availability and different manners of treatment are abysmal in this region and state. Mental illness affects everyone. Not only the families that mu
  • Infrastructure/Water Development: As we continue to grow in this region we must have an assembly member who will fight for the precious state resources to address are growing infrastructure needs. We must also develop new ways to store water, conserv
  • Economic Development: The 42nd Assembly District will be one of the fastest growing regions in California over the next 10 years. We have an immense opportunity to utilize and develop state programs to encourage economic development in light manufact



Profession:Former District Director for Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.
Operations Manger, Get Tested Coachella Valley (2015–2016)
District Director, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (2013–2015)


Gonzaga University Economics and Political Science (1989)

Community Activities

Board Member, Desert AIDS Project (2013–2015)
President, Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District (2010–2013)
Chair, Palm Springs Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee (2010–2013)
Vice Chair, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission (2010–2013)
Member, Washington State Governors Disabilities Commission (2003–2005)


Raised in Southern California by a single mother who worked three jobs to support her three children, Greg Rodriguez had the values of personal responsibility and a strong work ethic instilled in him early on.

At 14, Greg and his Mother moved from Huntington Beach, California to Boise, Idaho where Greg’s Mom was the first woman sales person for General Electric Company in the Pacific Northwest. Greg attended public schools and worked to help support his family while becoming active in his community and volunteering for Republicans like Ronald Reagan. 

Greg worked his way through Gonzaga University by working full-time waiting tables.  Never one to sit on the sidelines, he also served every year on the Student Body Association and became only the third person in his family to earn a college degree.

After college Greg moved to Seattle for a job and became active in issues defending individual liberties.  He fought anti-hate and anti-women ballot initiatives and started his own company that advised equality organizations and Democratic candidates.

In 1996 Greg left his company and became a stay-at-home parent after adopting his nephew, a three-month premature baby facing a multitude of developmental challenges at birth and eventually being diagnosed with Autism. Four years later he adopted his second son, who at the age of four had been in five different foster homes.  

Becoming a father, his passion for education and disability issues grew as Greg experienced first-hand the shortcomings of services available for his two boys. Greg became active in forging solutions for children with developmental disabilities and served on the Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council.

After visiting the desert for over thirty years, Greg and his family permanently called the desert home in 2006. Greg immediately became active in the community focusing on education and local community activities.  He served as PTA President and Treasurer, School Site Council Chair, Chair of the School District’s Bond Oversight Committee, District parental advisory committees, member and President of the Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District, board member of the Desert AIDS Project, and as the First Vice Chair of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission.

In an effort to continue his passion for public service, Greg revived his business and worked on numerous local, state and national campaigns. In 2013 Greg became the District Director for Congressman Raul Ruiz where he spent two years developing the office and its staff to deliver unparalleled constituent services to veterans, seniors and the underserved in the 36th Congressional District.  He led a team that helped Congressman Ruiz recover over $2 million in benefits for veterans, seniors, and other constituents. 

Greg is married with two children and lives in the City of Palm Springs.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Answer from Greg Rodriguez:

The area I live in is home to some of the richest people in the world as well as some of the most impoverished and has a high concentration of minorities. I know these issues far too well and worked the last three years to address clean air and water in impoverished communities. It is the responsibility of the legislature to make sure that when allocating resources for pollution control and water conveyance that we are targeting these types of communities. Special allocations should be set aside and a system of weighing priorities for these areas should be implemented. Much of the reason I am running is because our area has been largely ignored in these issues by Sacramento and I want to work with other local Assemblymembers to provide a voice and action for our region.

Specifically we need to maintain and improve our water storage, delivery and conveyance and increase our recycling capabilities. We must invest in clean renewable technologies to further reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels. We must explore the new technologies around desalinization and smart irrigation.




Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Greg Rodriguez:

California has some of the strictist campaign finance laws in the country. We must continue to enforce those laws and work towards greater transparency through methods like the Disclose Act. We must work with the Federal Government to overturn Citizens United.

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Greg Rodriguez:

I am supportive of the recent legislation signed by Governor Brown.

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Answer from Greg Rodriguez:

1. Allocation of resources to address mental health issues and reducing homelessness and our prison populations.

2. Protecting and enhancing the resources for public education including Pre-K.

3. Allocation of State and Federal resources to address the Salton Sea.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $222,802

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

IUOE State Unit 12
IBEW Local 440
Employees of RODRIGUEZ, GREG
LGBT Caucus Leadership Fund

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.61%
District of Columbia 0.46%
Washington 0.32%
Other 0.85%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.16%)
Small contributions (4.84%)

By Type:

From organizations (37.49%)
From individuals (62.51%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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