Mariko Yamada

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Mariko Yamada
山田真理子
Mariko Yamada 2010 CROPPED.jpg
Yamada in 2010
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 4th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Beth Gaines
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 8th district
In office
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Lois Wolk
Succeeded by Ken Cooley
Personal details
Born (1950-10-23) October 23, 1950 (age 63)
Denver, Colorado
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janlee Wong
Children Meilee
Midori
Residence Davis, California
Alma mater University of Colorado
University of Southern California
Occupation Social Worker/Civil servant
Religion None

Mariko Yamada (born October 23, 1950) is a Democratic assemblywoman from California's 4th Assembly district. Assemblywoman Yamada was elected in 2008 after defeating West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a competitive Democratic primary, a defeat that many considered an upset win for Yamada.[1] She is the third consecutive woman from Davis to be elected to this seat, following in the footsteps of Helen Thomson and Lois Wolk.

Personal[edit]

Both of Yamada's parents were held in Japanese internment camps during World War II.[2] Yamada grew up attending inner-city schools and later became the first member of her family to complete college and graduate school.[2] She lives in Davis with her husband, Janlee Wong. They have two children—Meilee, a 2007 alumna of the University of Southern California, and Midori, a 2008 alumna of the University of California at San Diego.


Education[edit]

Yamada received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and received her masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California.

Political career[edit]

Prior to serving in the Assembly, Yamada represented the city of Davis on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

Career[edit]

Yamada's experience includes a decade in Washington, D.C. in federal service, first with the U.S. Census Bureau working on the undercount reduction campaign of the 1980 Census. She later worked as an investigator with Civil Rights division of the United States Department of Commerce. She also co-produced and co-hosted "Gold Mountain, D.C.", a jazz and information show on WPFW 89.3 FM.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Bajko, Matthew (June 5, 2008). "Two gay Assembly candidates win races". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  2. ^ a b Hashimoto, Giovanni. "Assemblymember Yamada Speaks to College Democrats". Pacific Union College. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 

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