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Ricardo Lara


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-2010 Democratic AD-50 46676 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic SD-33 158707 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic SD-33 177971 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic Insurance Commissioner 6186039 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic Insurance Commissioner 6355910 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: November 5, 1974 in City of Commerce, CA
University: University of Southern California (EML)

1999-2004: Chief of Staff, Assembly Majority Leader Marco Antonio Firebaugh
2004-2008: District Director, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez
2008: Primary Candidate for AD-46 (Lost; 14.6%)
2008-2010: Member, Los Angeles Planning Commission
2008-2010: Communications Director, Assemblyman Kevin De Leon
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2012-2014: Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Proponent, Proposition 58 [English language education] (Passed; 72.4%)
2019: Resigned from the State Senate on January 7.

  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 568 (Chapter 335, Statute of 2017) which moves California's primary statewide and presidential elections from early June to early March. It has been argued that moving up California's presidential primary will give the state a stronger role in the selection of presidential nominees. It will also likely make election years seem last forever.
  • LEGISLATION: Coauthor of SR 39 (2015) which found that "Presidential candidates including Donald Trump have unfairly demonized and falsely blamed undocumented immigrant families for a range of problems and challenges facing the United States" and "calls upon the State of California to divest from" and "private businesses and individuals throughout California to end all business ties with" Donald Trump and his companies.
  • In 2019, Lara was the target of an attempted recall led by Erin Cruz. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2011-12)