Jordan Cunningham

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Jordan Cunningham
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byKatcho Achadjian
Member of the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees
In office
December, 2014 – January, 2016
Personal details
Born (1977-12-06) December 6, 1977 (age 42)
San Luis Obispo County, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shauna Roitengerg
ResidenceTempleton, California
Alma materPoint Loma Nazarene University (BS)
UC Berkeley School of Law (JD)
OccupationPolitician, Lawyer, Business Owner

Jordan Cunningham (born December 6, 1977) is an American small business owner and politician representing the 35th district in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican who was elected in November 2016. Cunningham's district encompasses San Luis Obispo County and portions of Santa Barbara County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a school board trustee for the Templeton Unified School District and a Deputy District Attorney for San Luis Obispo County.

Early life[edit]

Cunningham was born in San Luis Obispo, California. Cunningham grew up on the Central Coast. Cunningham graduated from Atascadero High School.[1]


In 2000, Cunningham earned a bachelor of art degree in Physics and Economics from Point Loma Nazarene University. In 2004, Cunningham earned a JD degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.[1]


Cunningham's career started as a prosecutor with the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office. After leaving the county, Cunningham started his own firm, Cunningham Law Group which focuses on representing families and small businesses.

Cunningham first entered politics as a member of the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees before successfully running for the California State Assembly in 2016.

Prior to serving in elected office, Cunningham was President of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association.

California State Assembly[edit]


Cunningham introduced AB (Assembly Bill) 2385, which urges publishers to provide a detailed description of how newer versions of their materials differ from older ones,[2] and AB 2580, which requires hearing officers to grant requests for hearing extensions by applying a specified standard of "good cause” in due process cases pertaining to special education matters.[3] He co-introduced AB 1743, permanently funding the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) which aims to equip students with necessary skills for the future economy.[4]

Public safety[edit]

Cunningham introduced legislation that would improve background checks of law enforcement agencies (AB 1339) and strengthen the safety of passengers while using ride-sharing services (AB 2986).[5]

Cunningham wrote legislation to increase protection orders for victims of human trafficking (AB 1735),[6] and he gave trafficking victims more rights when it came time to testify in court (AB 1736).[7] Cunningham also passed legislation which provided schools with the choice to teach their students about the dangers of trafficking and the possible consequences of "creating and sharing sexually suggestive or sexually explicit materials through cellular telephones, social networking Internet Web sites, computer networks, or other digital media" (AB 1868).[8]


AB 653, introduced by Cunningham and signed into law authorizes a Santa Barbara County nonprofit hospital to enter into a joint powers agreement with a public agency. Additionally, this bill "prohibit[s] nonprofit hospitals and public agencies participating in the agreement from reducing or eliminating any emergency services following the creation of the joint powers authority without a public hearing."[9]

Small business[edit]

In 2017 and 2018, Cunningham introduced three bills regarding small businesses on the Central Coast: AB 657 created a state liaison to advocate for employers,[10] and AB 522 & AB 1986 allows winemakers and distillers to donate wine and spirits to nonprofits to use in fundraisers.[11][12] Previously, California's Business and Professions Code prohibited nonprofits from selling donated alcoholic beverages.


Cunningham has been a vocal proponent of legislation aimed at reducing air pollution in California. In 2018, Cunningham introduced a resolution criticizing EPA rollbacks by the Trump Administration.[13]

Cunningham, along with other Central Coast Legislators worked to lessen the impact from the closure of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Cunningham and State Senator Bill Monning authored legislation that would address unemployment after the closure of the plant by providing job assistance programs to former employees. Cunningham also worked on legislation that provided an $85 million settlement for San Luis Obispo County to address impacts from the closure.[14]


2016 election[edit]

Cunningham was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016[15] winning 55% of the vote over solar energy consultant Dawn Ortiz-Legg.[16] After being elected, Cunningham detailed his priorities for office as increasing water infrastructure on the Central Coast by using Prop 1 funds. He is focused on improving access to Career Technical Education, and improving small business climate in California and on the Central Coast.[17]

California State Assembly election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dawn Ortiz-Legg 55,577 45.0
Republican Jordan Cunningham 45,750 37.0
Republican Steve Lebard 18,170 14.7
Libertarian Dominic Robert Rubini 4,142 3.4
Total votes 123,639 100.0
General election
Republican Jordan Cunningham 105,247 54.7
Democratic Dawn Ortiz-Legg 87,168 45.3
Total votes 192,415 100.0
Republican hold

2018 election[edit]

In the 2018 election, Cunningham won re-election to the State Assembly, defeating Democratic farmer Bill Ostrander with 56% of the vote. In San Luis Obispo County, he won with 55% of the vote. In Santa Barbara County, he won with 59% of the vote. On December 3, 2018, he was sworn in for his second term representing the Central Coast and the 35th Assembly District.[18]

California's 35th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jordan Cunningham (incumbent) 62,348 55.5
Democratic Bill Ostrander 49,967 44.5
Total votes 112,315 100.0
General election
Republican Jordan Cunningham (incumbent) 97,749 55.9
Democratic Bill Ostrander 76,994 44.1
Total votes 174,743 100.0
Republican hold

2020 election[edit]

2020 California's 35th State Assembly district election[19]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jordan Cunningham (incumbent) 85,029 56.8
Democratic Dawn Addis 64,548 43.2
Total votes 149,577 100.0

Personal life[edit]

Cunningham's wife is Shauna Cunningham. They have four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham's Biography, Vote Smart, retrieved August 22, 2019
  2. ^ "Bill Text - AB-2385 Public postsecondary education: textbooks". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bill Text - AB-2580 Special education: due process hearings: extension of hearings: good cause". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1743 California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "24 New Calif. Laws Just Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown". Redwood City-Woodside, CA Patch. July 23, 2017.
  6. ^ By. "Governor signs Jordan Cunningham bill to fight human trafficking". sanluisobispo.
  7. ^ By. "Jordan Cunningham introduces 4 Assembly bills to fight human trafficking". sanluisobispo.
  8. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1868 Pupil instruction: sexual health education: sexually suggestive or sexually explicit materials". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bill Text - AB-653 Joint powers agreements: County of Santa Barbara: nonprofit hospitals". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bill Text - AB-657 State government: small business liaisons". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Bill Text - AB-522 Alcoholic beverages: nonprofit corporations: raffles". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1986 Craft distillers: alcoholic beverage licensees: donations". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Cunningham, Office of Assemblyman Jordan. "Jordan Cunningham takes stand against Trump's EPA emission rollbacks". sanluisobispo.
  14. ^ Johnson, Peter. "Bill to fund Diablo worker retention program is critical for decommission, PG&E and state reps say". New Times San Luis Obispo.
  15. ^ Elgrably, Staff Writer Jordan. "Templeton school district seeks new trustee to replace Jordan Cunningham".
  16. ^ "Jordan Cunningham". Ballotpedia.
  17. ^ By. "Jordan Cunningham, winner of 35th District state Assembly race, talks about his goals". sanluisobispo.
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  19. ^ "State Assemblymember by District" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved June 21, 2020.

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