New Legislator Spotlight: State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas)

Feb. 20, 2019

In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a member of California’s ten-member “freshman class” in the California State Senate.

On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector which employs over 311,000 Californians – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). We look forward to working with Senator Caballero and her team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.


State Sen. Anna Caballero

Anna M. Caballero was elected in November 2018 to the California State Senate to represent the 12th Senate District, which includes the Salinas Valley, San Benito County, Merced County and portions of Stanislaus, Madera and Fresno Counties.

Anna has a 30 year legacy of public service in her community. She received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and her law degree from UCLA. After graduating law school she moved to Salinas to provide legal services to farmworkers. Anna then ran for Salinas City Council and served for seven years; where she focused on affordable housing, strengthening the business and commercial opportunities for growth, the redevelopment of downtown, and provided more parks and recreational space for families. Anna later became the first female Mayor of Salinas in 1998, as Mayor she raised private funds for city libraries, along with putting a measure on the ballot to raise money for essential services during a state budget crisis.

Anna was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006, where she continued to focus on meeting the needs of local residents. She made it easier for farmers to utilize their land to build farmworker housing, while also facilitating funds to make sure her community had clean drinking water. She was also able to access much needed gang intervention funds to help reduce gang violence in the region, creating a partnership with the Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice. An advocate for education, she also voted to extend state student aid to undocumented students applying for citizenship.

From 2010 to 2016, Anna joined Governor Edmund G. Brown’s cabinet as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Under Anna’s leadership, 65 million dollars were allocated to build housing and provide services for homeless veterans and rural communities, while providing struggling families access to home refinancing assistance. During her time working with Governor Brown, Anna was the highest-ranking Latina in state government.

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Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary

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