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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas


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Date Party Office Votes Result
12-03-2013 Democratic AD-54 13992 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic AD-54 66082 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic AD-54 146723 Win

Candidate Biography:

Sebastian Mark Ridley-Thomas
Born: August 12, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA
Family: Son of Mark Ridley-Thomas

2000s: Intern, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
2009-2010: Senate Fellow, Senator Curren Price
2012: Campaign Manager, Cheryl Brown For Assembly
2012-2013: Policy Director, State Senator Curren Price
2013: Senior Deputy, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2017: Resigned from the State Assembly on December 31.
2018: Professor of Practice, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

  • Ridley-Thomas was the youngest member of the Assembly in late 2013 at age 26.
  • At the time of his first inauguration, Ridley-Thomas was the youngest member of the Legislature since John R. Lewis in 1981.
  • Legal Troubles: In October 2021, Mark Ridley-Thomas was charged with a total of 19 federal corruption charges in relation to finding employment for Sebastian at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work following his resignation from the Assembly in late 2017. On March 30, 2022, Ridley-Thomas was convicted of one count of Conspiracy, one count of bribery, one count of mail fraud, and four counts of wire fraud. 

Source: Campaign website [] (accessed 9/19/2013)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)