Melissa Hurtado

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Melissa Hurtado
Member of the California State Senate
from the 14th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byAndy Vidak
Member of the Sanger City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1988-03-06) March 6, 1988 (age 32)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSanger, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Sacramento
ProfessionHealth advocate

Melissa Hurtado (born March 6, 1988) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 14th Senate District, which encompasses parts of the southern Central Valley, including most of the majority-Latino portions of Fresno and Bakersfield. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, she served on the Sanger City Council.[1][2][3][4]

Hurtado was first elected to the State Senate in November 2018, defeating incumbent Republican Andy Vidak.[5][6]

In July 7, 2020, Hurtado was selected to serve on then-candidate Joe Biden's National Latino Leadership Committee.[7]


  1. ^ "Biography". Senate District 14 | Senator Melissa Hurtado. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  2. ^ "Melissa Hurtado". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. ^ Real, Jose A. Del (2019-05-21). "They Grow the Nation's Food, but They Can't Drink the Water (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  4. ^ "Letter to the Editor: A Bipartisan Thank You to Senator Hurtado". Hanford Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  5. ^ "Correction: Election 2018-California Legislature story". AP NEWS. 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  6. ^, JASON KOTOWSKI. "14th SD challenger Hurtado: What happened to Vidak's vision for the valley?". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  7. ^ July 7, Gabriel Melero jr; 2020 (2020-07-07). "Joe Biden Picks Senator Melissa Hurtado for National Latino Leadership Committee". GV Wire. Retrieved 2020-10-18.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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