Anthony Rendon (politician)

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Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon official photo.jpg
70th Speaker of the California State Assembly
Assumed office
March 7, 2016
Preceded by Toni Atkins
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 63rd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by new district
Personal details
Born Anthony Rendon
(1968-03-04) March 4, 1968 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annie Lam (m. 2014)
Residence Paramount, California
Alma mater Cerritos College
California State University, Fullerton (BA/MA)
University of California, Riverside (PhD)
Website Official website

Anthony Rendon (born March 4, 1968) is an American politician currently serving as the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 63rd Assembly District in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Early life and career[edit]

Rendon was born on March 4, 1968[1] in Silver Lake,[2] a neighborhood in central Los Angeles. His grandparents immigrated from Mexico to the United States during the 1920s.[3] He grew up in a lower-middle-class family that frequently moved around the Los Angeles area.[2] His father, Tom Rendon,[4] worked multiple jobs, including for a mobile home company, and his mother, Gloria Rendon,[4] was a teacher's aide at a Catholic school.[5]

Rendon attended California High School, Whittier, graduating in 1986.[5] He has stated that he was a "terrible student."[6] At the age of 20, he enrolled in and attended Cerritos College, a community college in Norwalk, California, before earning a bachelor's degree and master's degree from California State University, Fullerton.[7] After receiving a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship,[8] Rendon earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside,[5] graduating in 2000.[9] He completed post-doctoral work at Boston University.[9]

Prior to becoming a member of the California State Assembly, Rendon was the executive director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, an organization that provides child development and social and medical services throughout Los Angeles County.[10] He was also the interim executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters, a lobbying organization dedicated to environmental issues.[11] He worked with the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in early childhood education efforts.[12] From 2001 to 2008, he was an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton.[8]

Political career[edit]

During his first term in office, Rendon was chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife and authored Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, which voters approved in the November 2014 election.[13]

In 2013, Rendon authored Assembly Bill 711, a statewide ban on lead hunting ammunition, that was signed into law.[14]

In 2015, Rendon was named chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.[15]

On September 3, 2015, Rendon was selected to be the next Assembly Speaker.[16]

The formal vote electing Mr. Rendon as Speaker occurred on January 11. The vote was unanimous, with the Republican leader seconding the motion.[17]

Rendon has stated his intention to bring back the tradition of past California Assembly Speakers of carrying no legislation himself, but focusing on empowering the members of the chamber.[18]

Recall effort[edit]

On June 23, 2017, Assembly Speaker Rendon announced that he would not advance California Senate Bill 562 by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to a policy hearing in his house, making it all but certain the measure would not be acted upon in 2017. Under the measure, California would have paid the healthcare costs for all residents, eliminating premiums, copays and deductibles that are common fixtures in the current healthcare system. [19]

Protesting Rendon's decision not to advance the bill, University of Southern California law professor Stephen Elzie filed a "notice of intent to circulate a recall petition." On July 25, 2017, the notice was mailed to Rendon's office after it had collected 60 signatures, 40 of which needed to be found valid for the effort to proceed.[20] The following week, "the organizers of the recall [...] received confirmation from the Secretary of State that the group’s Notice of Intent was reviewed for compliance with the California Elections Code and that the signatures on the Notice of Intent were verified by the County of Los Angeles." The petition drive is slated to begin sometime during the month of August.[21]

Career[edit]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 63rd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Rendon (incumbent) 12,089 64.7
Republican Adam J. Miller 6,597 35.3
Total votes 18,686 100.0
General election
Democratic Anthony Rendon (incumbent) 28,544 69.1
Republican Adam J. Miller 12,781 30.9
Total votes 41,325 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 63rd State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Rendon (incumbent) 45,391 78.5
Republican Adam Joshua Miller 12,419 21.5
Total votes 57,810 100.0
General election
Democratic Anthony Rendon (incumbent) 89,134 77.6
Republican Adam Joshua Miller 25,680 22.4
Total votes 114,814 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Rendon resides in Paramount, California.[22] In December 2014, Rendon married Annie Lam in a ceremony officiated by former California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Rendon". JoinCalifornia. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Mason, Melanie (January 9, 2016). "Punk rock and Plato are touchstones for incoming Assembly speaker". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Berestein Rojas, Leslie (October 20, 2015). "Incoming Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon sees himself as bridge between East and Westside on environment concerns". KPCC. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Rendon Sworn In as Assembly Speaker". Sacramento, CA: California State Assembly Democratic Caucus. March 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Skelton, George (November 2, 2015). "As next Assembly speaker, academic late-bloomer Anthony Rendon aims to focus on education". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gutierrez, Melody. "Anthony Rendon becomes new Assembly speaker". SFGate. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gallegos, Sami (March 31, 2016). "From humble roots to the height of California politics". ABC10. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Anthony Rendon sworn-in as Assembly speaker". The Downey Patriot. March 8, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Seiler, Kristin (November 16, 2015). "UCR Alumnus Named Speaker-Designee of the California State Assembly". University of California, Riverside Alumni Blog. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  10. ^ "California's New Assembly Speaker Takes Oath". KPBS. March 7, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ Jennewein, Chris (March 7, 2016). "Toni Atkins Passing Speaker's Gavel to Anthony Rendon". Times of San Diego. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ White, Jeremy B. (January 3, 2016). "Educating youngest kids tops next California Assembly speaker's agenda". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  13. ^ "California Proposition 1, Water Bond (2014) - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  14. ^ "Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown signs lead ammo ban, vetoes bill to ban semi-automatic rifles - sacbee.com". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  15. ^ "California Assembly announces committee chairs". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  16. ^ "Anthony Rendon selected next Assembly speaker". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  17. ^ "Anthony Rendon selected next Assembly speaker". 
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Times Profile of Anthony Rendon". 
  19. ^ "California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelves single-payer healthcare bill, calling it 'woefully incomplete'". Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  20. ^ Mason, Melanie (July 28, 2017). "Single-payer healthcare supporters take first step to launch recall against California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  21. ^ Papple, Dawn (August 6, 2017). "California Recall Group Sends Message To Democrats And Assembly Speaker Rendon Over Healthcare". Inquisitr. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  22. ^ Rendon, Anthony (January 13, 2017). "In Paramount pollution crisis, outrage is justified: Anthony Rendon". Press-Telegram. Retrieved January 16, 2017.  "Anthony Rendon is speaker of the California Assembly. A Paramount resident, he represents the 63rd District."
  23. ^ Koseff, Alexei (December 15, 2016). "AM Alert: Did he do that? Urkel announces cow art exhibition". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 

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