Ash Kalra

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Ash Kalra
Ash Kalra (CA).jpeg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 27th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byNora Campos
Personal details
Born (1972-01-21) January 21, 1972 (age 49)
Toronto, Canada
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Ash Kalra (born January 21, 1972) is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 27th Assembly District, encompassing parts of eastern San Jose. Kalra is the first Indian-American to serve in the California State Legislature.[1]

Professional background[edit]

Kalra, an attorney, served in the Santa Clara County public defender's office for 11 years.[2]

Political background[edit]

Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Kalra was a member of the San Jose City Council where he represented District 2 in South San Jose for eight years.

Kalra was first elected to the Assembly after defeating in the general election, fellow city council member and Democrat, Madison Nguyen, and therefore succeeding term-limited Democrat Nora Campos. Kalra supported Bernie Sanders's 2020 presidential campaign.[3]

Kalra has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California following his appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services.[4]


In the 2019–2020 legislative session, Kalra has authored AB-2542 (California Racial Justice Act of 2020), AB 1586 (Replacing Animals in Science Education Act), AB 572 (California Deforestation-Free Procurement), and AB 454 (Migratory birds: Migratory Bird Treaty Act).[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kalra was born in Toronto and later moved to California. He is a vegan.[6] His education was at UC Santa Barbara. In a 2011 incident of driving under the influence of alcohol, Kalra pleaded no contest and was sentenced to serve community service hours and receive counseling.[2]

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 27th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Madison Nguyen 27,453 34.3
Democratic Ash Kalra 15,843 19.8
Republican Van Le 11,726 14.7
Democratic Andres Quintero 10,922 13.7
Democratic Cong Thanh Do 4,869 6.1
Democratic Darcie Green 4,769 6.0
Democratic Esau Herrera 4,342 5.4
Total votes 79,924 100.0
General election
Democratic Ash Kalra 71,696 53.2
Democratic Madison Nguyen 63,048 46.8
Total votes 134,744 100.0
California Democratic Party hold

2018 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 27th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ash Kalra (incumbent) 51,825 99.5
Republican G. Burt Lancaster (write-in) 285 0.5
Total votes 52,110 100.0
General election
Democratic Ash Kalra (incumbent) 90,068 76.3
Republican G. Burt Lancaster 27,990 23.7
Total votes 118,058 100.0
California Democratic Party hold

2020 California State Assembly[edit]

2020 California's 27th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ash Kalra (incumbent) 46,039 73.4%
Republican G. Burt Lancaster 16,722 26.6%
Total votes


  1. ^ "Day One for New Assemblymember Ash Kalra". California State Assembly. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lee, Henry K. (June 30, 2011). "San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra sentenced for DUI". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2019. [Kalra] has been ordered to serve in a jail work-detail program and undergo counseling after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving
  3. ^ Newsroom, Silicon Valley (March 3, 2020). "Super Tuesday 2020: Live Blog". San Jose Inside. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  4. ^ Wipf, Carly (December 22, 2020). "San Jose Assemblyman Ash Kalra wants to be the next Attorney General". San José Spotlight. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Bill Search". California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ash Kalra on Twitter". January 28, 2021.

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