|Colonel Rocky Chávez|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 76th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Toni Atkins|
Colonel Rocky Chávez (born May 12, 1951) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 76th district, encompassing parts of northern coastal San Diego County.
Early Life and Career
Chávez graduated from Torrance High School in 1969 were he was a varsity wrestler. He qualified for the US Olympics trials in 1968 and 1972. After graduating high school, Chávez attended El Camino Junior College where he earned an associate degree. He then attended Chico State, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1973. Chávez helped his family during grade school and college by working in agriculture, including summers picking grapes in Fresno County, California, working at a packing plant in Chico, California and gathering almonds in Hamilton City, California. near Chico.
Chávez began his public service career after graduating from Chico State when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Chávez served for 28 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. Chávez served in all four active Marine divisions, including serving as Chief of Staff for the 4th Marine Division.
Post Military Career
Chávez continued to serve the public after retiring from the Marine Corps. by founding the School of Business and Technology, a charter High School located in the Oceanside Unified School District. Chávez served as the school’s director from 2002-2008.
Election to Local Office
Chávez was elected to the Oceanside City Council in November, 2002. He served on the Council for seven years, focusing on economic development, public safety, and good governance. Chávez was selected as the Deputy Mayor of Oceanside in 2004.
Appointment to the California Department of Veteran Affairs
Chávez was appointed to the Undersecretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. In January, 2011, Chávez was appointed to Acting Secretary. During his time working at California Department of Veteran Affairs, Chávez focused on streamlining procedures and increasing services for veterans.
Election to the California State Assembly
Chávez was elected to the California State Assembly to represent 76th District on November 6, 2012. He ran on a campaign of education, veteran’s issues and good governance. The 76th District comprises the cities of Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista. Chávez currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and the Higher Education Committee. He is a member of the Rules, Education, Budget, Utilities and Commerce and Health committees. Chávez also serves on a number of select committees, joint committees, and caucus’ tackling issues ranging from justice reinvestment to environmental issues and K-12 education.
Chávez and his wife Mary live in Oceanside, California. They have three children and five grandchildren. Mary studied ar the University of New Orleans and also holds an M.B.A. From California State University, San Marcos. His son Temujin Tom is a physician in South Carolina. Chávez daughter Regina Ann Shepperson and youngest son Sage John are both college graduates.