|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||David Valadao|
Rudy Salas is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 32nd district, encompassing parts of the southern Central Valley. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, he was a Bakersfield city councilmember.
When incumbent assemblyman David Valadao announced that he would not run for reelection, instead seeking a congressional bid for the 21st district, the seat was left vacant. In the June 5 primary, Salas ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination and won the overall primary with 41.4% of the vote, or 13,053 votes, ahead of the three Republican candidates. He faced off against the primary runner-up, Republican Pedro Rios, in the November 6 general election. Salas came in first by a smaller margin than before, with 38,759 total votes (52.9%) to Rios's 34,476 (47.1%). He was sworn in on December 3, 2012.
California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2012 (Primary):
- Rudy Salas - 13,053 (41.4%)
- Pedro A. Rios - 7,550 (23.9%)
- Jon McQuiston - 6,530 (20.7%)
- David Thomas - 4,420 (14.0%)
- Rudy Salas - 38,759 (52.9%)
- Pedro A. Rios - 34,476 (47.1%)