Juan Arambula

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Juan Arambula
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 31st district
In office
December 2004 – December 2010
Succeeded by Henry Perea
Personal details
Born (1952-01-29) January 29, 1952 (age 62)
Brownsville, TX
Nationality American
Political party Independent (formerly Democrat)
Spouse(s) Amy
Children 4
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Public Service
Profession Politician

Juan Arambula (born January 29, 1952 in Brownsville, Texas) is a former California State Assemblyman. He represented the 31st district. Arambula was elected to the Assembly in 2004. Arambula had announced that he would retire in 2008; however, he decided to run for his last term. He was a Democrat until June 2009, when he became an independent.[1] He was term limited in 2010.

Education and Background[edit]

He graduated with high honors from Harvard University, and went on to earn a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arambula is the son of immigrant farm workers. In his youth, he harvested crops with his family throughout California. He lives in Fresno with Amy, his wife of 30 years. He has four adult children: Joaquin, Carmen, Diego and Miguel. His religion is "decline to state."

Pre-Assembly Career[edit]

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Arambula served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2004. He earned the Rose Ann Vuich Award for Ethics in Leadership in 2002 for his public service.

From 1987 to 1996, Arambula served on the Fresno Unified School District Board, where he worked to meet the needs of a diverse student population while maintaining financial stability during lean budget years. Arambula also served on the Board of Directors for the California School Boards Association and the California State Association of Counties.

Priorities[edit]

Juan Arambula has stated that his top legislative priorities include efforts to improve California's business climate, to encourage job creation and retention, as well as efforts to improve the health care system, student academic achievement and school accountability. He is also working to tackle air pollution in the Central Valley, the shortage of health care professionals, and California's infrastructure challenges.

Recognition[edit]

Juan Arambula was recently named "Legislator of the Year" by the California Small Business Association.

Retribution for party change[edit]

Democratic Speaker Karen Bass stripped Arambula of his chairmanship of the Public Safety Committee in retribution for Arambula leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juan Arambula Left Democratic Party". KFSN-TV. 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Sanders, Jim (2009-08-13). "Arambula ousted as Public Safety chair". The Sacramento Bee.