V. Manuel Perez

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V. Manuel Pérez
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 56th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Tony Mendoza
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 80th district
In office
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Bonnie Garcia
Succeeded by Ben Hueso
Personal details
Born (1973-06-18) June 18, 1973 (age 41)
Indio, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gladys Pérez
Residence Coachella, California
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Riverside
Occupation Former Director of Community Health

V. Manuel Pérez (born June 18, 1973)[1] is a Democratic assemblymember representing California's 56th State Assembly district.

Biography[edit]

"Manny" Perez was born in Indio, California and raised in Riverside and Imperial County by his parents who met working in the area’s agricultural fields. He attended public schools, including UC Riverside, then returned home to teach before earning a Masters degree at Harvard University.

Pérez is 1 of 10 co-founders of an organization called La Union Estudiantil de la Raza (U.E.R.), established October 6, 1992. UER is located at the University of California Riverside (UCR).

As a member of the Coachella Valley School Board, Perez secured $250 million to build new facilities. As a healthcare director, he worked towards expanding health coverage for everyone in the district, with an emphasis on providing services for children, expecting mothers, and seniors in need of medicine.

2008 California State Assembly run[edit]

In June, 2008, Pérez won his party's nomination as the Democratic candidate in California's 80th State Assembly district, which includes the eastern portion of Riverside County and all of Imperial County. Notwithstanding an acrimonious campaign by Republican hopeful Gary Jeandron, Perez was elected to the Assembly in November, 2008, and took office in December.

Pérez has stated that his priorities as an assembly member will be economic growth, stronger schools, expanded healthcare, and environmental protection.

References[edit]

  • Marcel Honoré, "Jeandron, Perez Draw Contrasts in Debate", The Desert Sun, September 19, 2008.

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