New Legislator Spotlight: State Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera)

May 16, 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 Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera). We look forward to working with Senator Archuleta and his team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.


Senator Bob J. Archuleta, a former Presidential Appointee and Pico Rivera city mayor, has dedicated his life to serving his community and his country proudly.

He was elected in November 2018 to the California State Senate to represent the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Senator Archuleta is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. It is noted he is one of the first Latino Army Veteran named to Chair the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also serves on the following committees: Business, Professions and Economic Development, Governmental Organizations, and Insurance.

Senator Archuleta served as a Presidential Appointee under the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama as a member on the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The senator was the first Mexican American to be appointed by any President as a member of the Board, and was immediately elected as co-chair.

He also served on the Los Angeles County Military Veteran Affairs Commission, the United States Army Advisory Board for Military Recruitment, and the Los Angeles County Library Commission. He is a combat veteran and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and served with the Montebello Police Department.

The Committee on Veterans Affairs is responsible for considering legislative measures pertaining to military and veterans issues. It also has legislative oversight of existing executive branch agencies and programs that implement ongoing military and veteran programs previously enacted into law by the Legislature. This includes holding oversight and information hearings on issue areas that fall within the committee’s assigned jurisdiction.

Senator Archuleta has received Congressional Recognition Awards and Proclamations for Service. He has also been recognized by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Hispanic American Airborne Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Senator Archuleta has received the Leadership Award from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and named 2019 legislator of the Year by the American G.I. Forum of California.

Senator Archuleta grew up in the neighborhood of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, and started working on his future, representing not only his community but possibly his country. He graduated from Salesian High School and later enlisted in the United States Army serving in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He passed on the tradition of public service to his five children.

Senator Archuleta went on to Rio Hondo College Police Academy, where he was president of his academy class, and later joined the Montebello Police Department as a reserve police officer. He is married to his wife Rose and has five children, with two sons who have graduated from West Point and are currently serving in the military. One is in the Pentagon and the other on the East Coast.

Committee Assignments
Chair, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Business, Professions and Economic Development
Governmental Organization

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