|Preceded by Anna Caballero|
Succeeded by Oscar Rios
Preceded by Anthony Rivas
|Succeeded by Daniel Dodge|
Name Luis Alejo
Preceded by Oscar Rios
Role American Politician
|Born March 27, 1974 (age 41)
Watsonville, California (1974-03-27) |
Political party California Democratic Party
Residence Salinas, California, United States
Education University of California, Davis, UC Davis School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University
Similar People Bill Monning, Sam Farr, Katcho Achadjian
2015 Gala: Luis Alejo
Luis Alejo (born March 27, 1974) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas valleys.
Born and raised in Watsonville, Alejo’s family came to work in the agricultural fields of the Salinas, Santa Clara and Pajaro Valleys as migrant farmworkers in the 1950s.
Alejo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with dual bachelor's degrees in political science and Chicano studies, and obtained his master's of education degree from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he won the “Maggie Schelen” scholarship for public service.
After finishing his graduate and professional studies, Alejo returned to his hometown of Watsonville to work as a legal aid attorney where he championed the rights of working families throughout the Monterey Bay area. He then worked as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court, where he assisted thousands of self-represented litigants throughout Monterey County who couldn’t afford private attorneys. He has also worked as a high school teacher, focusing on “at-risk” children.
Before his election to the State Legislature, Alejo was the mayor of Watsonville, California. He was elected to District 2 of the Watsonville City Council with nearly 80% of the vote and became mayor in November 2009. He had become Vice Mayor in March 2009.
Prior to his public service, Alejo served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow where he worked as a legislative aide for Assemblymember Manny Diaz (D-San Jose). He attended the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), and Harvard University.