|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 12th district
|Assumed office |
December 3, 2018
|Preceded by||Anthony Cannella|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 30th district
28th district (2006–2010)
December 5, 2016 – November 30, 2018
|Preceded by||Luis Alejo|
|Succeeded by||Robert Rivas|
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Simon Salinas|
|Succeeded by||Luis Alejo|
|Born||April 18, 1955|
|Alma mater||University of California San Diego (BA)|
University of California Los Angeles (JD)
Anna Marie Caballero (born April 18, 1955) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 12th State Senate district, encompassing the Salinas Valley and part of the Central Valley. She previously served in the California State Assembly representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys in the Central Coast, from 2016 to 2018 and the 28th Assembly District from 2006 to 2010.
Caballero unsuccessfully ran for the California State Senate in 2010, losing to Republican Anthony Cannella. After Cannella was ineligible for re-election to the State Senate after serving two terms, Caballero was finally elected to the State Senate in 2018, defeating Republican Rob Poythress.
Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Caballero served as Mayor and a Councilmember of Salinas, California. Between her two stints in the State Assembly, she served as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency under Governor Jerry Brown.
Born in Arizona to a family of copper miners, Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley 25 years ago to work for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. degree from UCLA. As an attorney, she represented striking farm workers and fought side by side with unions to prevent plant closures. She, along with three partners, founded the law firm Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy, in 1982 to provide low cost legal service. The business received several awards. Caballero was recognized with the Athena Award for entrepreneurial excellence.
Caballero served on the Planning Commission and was later elected to the Salinas City Council in 1991. She was then elected mayor in 1998. As mayor, she carefully navigated Salinas through budgetary problems and managed to keep Salinas's libraries open through a donations program. Caballero was elected to the State Assembly in 2006.
Caballero has also served as the executive director of Partners for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the community together to prevent gang violence and focus on literacy, early childhood education, and providing services to families. Caballero is also a wife and mother. Her husband, Juan Uranga, is the Director of the Center for Community Advocacy in Salinas.
Caballero ran for the California State Senate in 2010 to replace term limited  Republican incumbent Jeff Denham, who ran successfully for Congress. In a surprise, Caballero lost to Ceres Mayor Anthony Cannella.
In 2018, Caballero announced that she would again run for the state Senate to succeed Cannella, who is term-limited.
2016 California State Assembly
|California's 30th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Democratic||Karina Cervantez Alejo||21,158||26.0|
|Republican||John M. Nevill||9,949||12.2|
|Democratic||Karina Cervantez Alejo||47,998||37.5|
- Candidate Biography
- 2008 CA Assembly Candidates
- Secretary of State of California (2010-11-02). "State Senate District 12 - Districtwide Results". State of California. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03.