Salud Carbajal

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Salud Carbajal
Salud Carbajal official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byLois Capps
Member of the
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
In office
Preceded byNaomi L. Schwartz[1]
Succeeded byDas Williams[2]
Personal details
Salud Ortiz Carbajal

(1964-11-18) November 18, 1964 (age 56)
Moroleón, Guanajuato, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gina Carbajal
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
Fielding Graduate University (MA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
UnitUnited States Marine Corps Reserve

Salud Ortiz Carbajal[3] (/səˈld ˈkɑːrbəhɑːl/; born November 18, 1964) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 24th congressional district since 2017. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and his district covers Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

Early life and education[edit]

Carbajal was born in Moroleón, Mexico, in 1964[4][5] and later immigrated to the United States initially to Arizona,[6] later settling in Oxnard, California, with his family, where his father worked as a farmworker.[7]

Carbajal attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a bachelor's degree, and Fielding Graduate University, where he earned a master's degree in organizational management.[6][8]

Early Political Career[edit]

Carbajal served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for eight years, including during the Gulf War, although he did not leave the contiguous United States.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors[edit]

Carbajal was first elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 2004, representing the first district as a Democrat.[9][10] He was reelected in 2008 and 2012.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In 2015, Carbajal announced his intentions to run for the 24th district, after incumbent Democrat Lois Capps announced her retirement. Carbajal was seen as one of the two Democratic frontrunners in the open primary, alongside Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and was rivaled by Republican frontrunners Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, and small businessman and former Congressional aide Justin Fareed. The primary field consisted of 4 Democrats, 3 Republicans, and 2 independent candidates.

In the primary on June 7, Carbajal ultimately came in first, with 31.9% of the vote, amounting to 66,402 total popular votes. The runner-up was Fareed, who received 20.5% (42,521 votes).

In the general election on November 8, Carbajal received roughly 53.4% of the total vote over Fareed's 46.6%, which amounted to a popular vote margin of about 21,000 votes.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Carbajal lives in Santa Barbara, California and is married to Gina, with whom he has two children.[19]

On October 6, 2020, Carbajal announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.[20]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "California Senate Daily Journal, July 20, 2017".
  4. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Wire, Sarah D. (November 16, 2016). "Meet California's newest members of Congress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  6. ^ a b •. "Supervisor Salud Carbajal Announces Run for Congress". Retrieved November 9, 2016.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Martinez, Alys (October 27, 2016). "Salud Carbajal pushes to win congressional contest". KEYT. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Admin, Student (November 1, 2016). "Q&A with Salud Carbajal, 24th Congressional District Candidate | The Bottom Line". Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "How a congressional race in Santa Barbara became one of the most expensive in the country". LA Times. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Salud Carbajal's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. June 7, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "California General Election Results". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Creation". Congressional Solar Caucus. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  18. ^ Salud Carbajal. "Membership". Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  19. ^ Lundquist, Paulette (October 3, 2017). "Carbajal". TheHill. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  20. ^ Mossburg, Cheri; Cole, Devan (October 6, 2020). "California congressman announces he tested positive for Covid-19". CNN. Retrieved October 6, 2020.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lois Capps
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 24th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ted Budd
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Liz Cheney