New Legislator Spotlight: State Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park)

August 22, 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 Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park). We look forward to working with Senator Rubio and her team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.

Official Senate Biography

Senator Susan Rubio was born in Juarez, Mexico and is now a U.S. citizen. She is the proud daughter of a former bracero worker and housekeeper. She was elected to the California Legislature in 2018.

She attended East Los Angeles College and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University, while working full time as a bookkeeper doing payroll and taxes for a small business.

As a lifelong educator, she started her teaching career in Baldwin Park Unified School District and was a teacher at Monrovia Unified School District for 17 years, including three years as Program Adviser and Assistant to the Principal.

Senator Rubio was first elected as City Clerk in Baldwin Park in 2005, where she focused on providing equal service, transparency, best practices, and protecting democracy for city residents.

In 2009, she was elected to the Baldwin Park City Council, where she helped balance the city budget during the recession while protecting vital services like public safety. She also worked on policies that gave women equal representation on city commissions, creating domestic violence programs and implementing tougher environmental rules.

Senator Rubio represents District 22 in the San Gabriel Valley, which is in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. Her district is comprised of the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, El Monte, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead, South El Monte, Temple City and West Covina as well as the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Charter Oak, Citrus, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Mayflower Village, North El Monte, South Monrovia Island, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, Valinda, Vincent and West Puente Valley.

She is Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee and Committee Member of Energy, Utilities, Communications; Health; Transportation; and Governmental Organization.  She is also a Senate Select Committee Member of the Governor’s 2019 Report: Wildfires and Climate Change – California’s Energy Future; The Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being; and Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.   She is a Member of the Latino Legislative Caucus, Legislative Jewish Caucus, Los Angeles Caucus, San Gabriel Valley Caucus and Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Committee Assignments:
Insurance Committee, Chair
Energy, Utilities, Communications
Governmental Organization

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