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Marco Antonio Firebaugh


Picture of Marco Antonio Firebaugh
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-50 30592 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic AD-50 43736 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-50 31281 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 13, 1966 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Married. (div.)
Children: Tlalli Ariana and Nicolas Andres
Died: March 21, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

1991-1994: Member, President's Advisory Council at East Los Angeles College,
1992-1994: Member, Mexican American Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District
1992-1995: Member, USC Medical Center Community Advisory Council
1993-1994: Consultant, Assembly Select Committee on California-Mexico Affairs
1993: Aide, Assemblyman Richard Polanco
2002-2004: Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus
2002-2004: Majority Leader, California State Assembly
2006: Primary Candidate for SD-30 (Died during campaign)

  • CLOSE CONTEST: Firebaugh won the 1998 Primary by 957 votes (3.4%)
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 540 (2001) [with Abel Maldonado], which granted in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants who had graduated from a California high schools.  
  • The Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School (in Lynwood) was named in his honor in 2005. The California Latino Caucus Leadership PAC holds an annual "Marco A. Firebaugh Golf Tournament."
  • QUOTABLE: Regarding the ability of the Legislature to keep operating while a single member is out; "You know what I figured out? As much as I thought I was absolutely essential to the operation of this joint, when I was gone, it went on." ("Obituaries - Marco A. Firebaugh" by Dennis McLellan, LA Times (3/22/2006)

Source: California Blue Book (2000)