About Rob

In 2012, Rob Bonta was sworn in as the first Filipino to serve in the California legislature. Since his election, Assemblymember Bonta has been working to improve the lives of people in the East Bay, focusing on making schools better, streets safer and communities more prosperous. In his first two years, he has made significant achievements toward these goals.

Better Schools
Restoring millions of dollars in funding to East Bay public schools with more local control.
Working to establish universal preschool for all California children.
Fixing teachers’ retirement system to protect taxpayers and retirement security for teachers.

Safer Streets
Fighting for funding for more cops and stronger local gun laws.
Co-authored legislation to strengthen regulations on high capacity ammunition magazines in California.
Created and serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.

More Prosperous Communities
Passed an on-time, balanced budget without cuts to education and healthcare.
Increased the minimum wage to highest in the country.
First in the nation to implement Affordable Care Act, and strengthened the Alameda Healthcare System.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Rob Bonta served on the Alameda City Council where he distinguished himself as an effective leader on the issues of public safety, economic development, fiscal responsibility, and improved educational and recreation opportunities for families.

While on the city council he worked with the Obama administration to acquire nearly 1,000 acres of former Naval Base property at no cost and which will now be used for significant economic development and job creation for residents of the East Bay.

Prior to being elected to the City Council, Rob was an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, where he played a key role in stabilizing the finances of Alameda Hospital. He also served as the Chair of the Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and business retention efforts.

Rob began his public service in Alameda as the board president for both the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community, and Alternatives in Action, which oversees high school, preschool and after school programs serving youth from Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda.

Until his election to the Assembly, Rob served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and brought forward cases to protect California consumers.

Rob’s legal career has included service as a litigation associate for a major Bay Area law firm and as a law clerk for Judge Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court in Connecticut.

As a young lawyer, Rob was part of a team that worked with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to successfully implement an a agreement with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to prevent racial profiling.

A prolific soccer player, Rob played for the San Francisco Bay Seals, a professional minor league team. He played on two Ivy League Championship teams for Yale College.

Rob is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. They both worked with the United Farm Workers and were active in the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing fight for social, economic, and racial justice.

Rob has served as the board president of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County, board member of Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is a founding member of the Filipino-American Democratic Club of Alameda County.

Rob graduated with honors from Yale College with a degree in History. At Yale, he was awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize, given to the student with the greatest dedication to and capacity for public service. He was also a recipient of the William Neely Mallory Award for the best male athlete at Yale.

After studying at Oxford University in England, he returned to earn his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.

Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.