Rob Bonta

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Rob Bonta
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California State Assembly District 18
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sYale College
J.D.Yale Law School
Office website
Rob Bonta is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Bonta earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Yale College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. His professional experience includes serving as the commissioner of Alameda County Transportation, on the board of directors of Alameda Health Care District, and being elected as Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bonta served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Finance
Elections and Redistricting
Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, Chair


Campaign themes


Bonta's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Better Schools
Excerpt: "As a parent of three, I believe we have to give voices to our children who are unfairly burdening the most from state budget cuts."
  • Safer Streets
Excerpt: "A kindergarten student at the elementary school both of my daughters attended was recently shot and killed in front of his parents’ food truck in Oakland. Last year, I attended the candlelight vigil in Oakland of a 3-year old child who was shot and killed in crossfire while in a stroller with his parents in the middle of the day in a bustling retail district. This has to end."
  • More Prosperous Communities
Excerpt: "The State of California continues to do two things to undercut the prosperity of its own communities: Cut education and treat big corporations better than small businesses."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Bonta won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 18. He advanced past the June 5, 2012 blanket primary, defeating Joel Young (D), and Rhonda Weber (R). Bonta defeated Abel Guillen (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bonta 50.5% 75,865
     Democratic Abel Guillen 49.5% 74,422
Total Votes 150,287

California State Assembly, District 18 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bonta 36.9% 23,007
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAbel Guillen 29.7% 18,521
     Democratic Joel Young 18.8% 11,680
     Republican Rhonda Weber 14.6% 9,082
Total Votes 62,290


In March of 2010, Bonta announced that he would run for Alameda City Council. [5] He was elected to the council on November 2nd, 2010.[6]

Bonta was appointed to the City of Alameda Health Care District Board in November of 2007. [7]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Recall campaign

In July 2012, some Alameda citizens began an effort to recall Bonta from his post on the Alameda City Council.[8] The recall effort came to an end in November 2012, when Bonta resigned his position as Vice Mayor of Alameda in order to take his seat in the California General Assembly.


Measure A

On July 17th, Bonta moved to approve an ordinance that provides an override on Alameda's housing restriction charter law, known as "Measure A." The ordinance drew much scorn from members of the public, and did not have unanimous support from all council members.[9][10]


In 2012, Bonta's endorsements included:[11]

  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Oakland Tribune / Bay Area News Group
  • U.S. Representative Judy Chu
  • U.S. Representative Mike Honda
  • State Controller John Chiang
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • Former Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata
  • State senator Leland Yee
  • State senator Ted Lieu
  • Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma
  • Assemblymember Sandré Swanson
  • Assemblymember Mike Eng
  • Assemblymember Paul Fong
  • Assemblymember Warren Furutani
  • Assemblymember Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymember Richard Pan
  • Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblymember Das Williams
  • Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
  • California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
  • California Labor Federation
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California
  • California Nurses Association (CNA)
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA)
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA)
  • United Farm Workers (UFW)
  • California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
  • UNITE HERE State Council
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)
  • California Police Chiefs Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1000
  • California Association of Professional Scientists
  • California State Firefighters’ Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 5
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Teamsters Joint Council District 7
  • Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP)
  • CDF-Firefighters, IAFF Local 2881
  • IAFF Local 55—Oakland, Alameda County, Emeryville Firefighters
  • Alameda Firefighters, IAFF Local 689
  • San Francisco Firefighters, IAFF Local 798
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL)
  • Oakland Police Officers Association
  • Alameda Police Officers Association
  • San Leandro Police Officers Association
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association
  • East Bay Automotive Machinists Local 1546
  • United Association Local Union 342 Plumbers & Steamfitters
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 16
  • American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 57
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245
  • Communications Workers of America Local 9412 & 9415
  • Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, AFL-CIO
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Democratic Council
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • City of Alameda Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Oakland East Bay Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club
  • South Alameda County Young Democrats
  • California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)
  • Clean Water Action
  • California Small Business Association (CSBA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (CAL/ACEP)
  • League of Humane Voters
  • East Bay Small Business Council
  • Oakland Chamber of Commerce (OakPAC)
  • San Leandro Chamber of Commerce Action PAC
  • Asian American Action Fund
  • Friends of the Filipino American Community, Political Action Committee
  • Philippine American Bar Association (PABA)
  • KAYA, Filipino Americans for Progress (local chapter)
  • Chinese American Political Association (CAPA)
  • San Francisco Asian Peace Officers Association
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) California State PAC


Bonta is the first Filipino-American legislator in the State of California.[12]

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Preceded by
Mary Hayashi (D)
California State Assembly District 18
Succeeded by