My core beliefs and values have always been focused on justice, inclusion, equity, and opportunity for all people.
These values were instilled in me at an early age by my parents who were both active in social justice movements and worked with the United Farm Workers when I was a small child.
We lived in a trailer just a stone’s throw from the home of legendary civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. My parents worked alongside Chavez and fellow icon Dolores Huerta. They helped to organize Filipino and Mexican-American farmworkers.
As a student, I attended California’s public schools before attending college to study history and then the law. In college, I cleaned laundry rooms and, combined with financial aid, had the opportunity to graduate from college and ultimately earn a degree from Yale Law School.
I practiced law in both the private and public sectors for almost 15 years standing up for and protecting Californians and fighting injustice such as unlawful racial profiling.
In 2012, I was again honored to be elected to the California State Assembly becoming the first Filipino American to ever serve in the State Legislature. Representing the people of Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro have been a true privilege. During my time in office, I have always focused on the needs of California’s most vulnerable communities.
I have also authored impactful legislation in the areas of consumer protection, criminal justice reform, housing, climate change, gun violence, human trafficking, victims' rights and education.
It’s a great honor to continue my service to the people of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro and all of California in the new Legislative Session.
PAID FOR BY ROB BONTA FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 FPPC ID# 1414291