Alex Padilla
Alex Padilla
Candidate, U.S. Senate California
Democrat
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Alex Padilla is the proud son of immigrants.
Alex Padilla was born and raised in the proud working class community of Pacoima, California, in the San Fernando Valley. He is the proud son of immigrant parents who came to the United States from Mexico in pursuit of the American Dream.
Santos and Lupe Padilla instilled in Alex and his siblings the values of service to others and of getting a good education. For 40 years, Santos worked as a short order cook. To this day, he boasts that his kitchen “never failed an inspection.” Lupe cleaned houses for families in the more affluent communities of Los Angeles.

Alex grew up in a modest three-bedroom home in one of Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods where gang activity, prostitution and open-air drug dealing were rampant. The sounds of gunfire and sirens were almost daily events.

Alex attended local public schools. He managed to stay out of trouble by finding refuge in books and baseball. Starting at age 8, Alex played baseball, first in little league and then for San Fernando High School. Alex earned admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Growing up, Alex always felt that his community was overlooked and underserved. This experience fueled Alex’s political activism. In the 1980s, Alex’s parents helped organize neighbors to take back their community from crime. As a teen, Alex would join his mother to protest environmental injustice and demand closure of the Lopez Canyon Landfill. Finally, in 1994, as Proposition 187, a sweeping anti-immigrant measure was approved by the voters of California, Alex resolved to put an engineering career aside and dedicate his life to civic engagement and public service.
Following the 2020 Presidential Election, Alex Padilla was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the Senate seat vacated by now-Vice President Kamala Harris On January 20, 2021, Alexwas sworn in as Senator and became the first Latino to represent California in the United States Senate.
In his first year in the Senate, Alex fought to secure billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief for California families and small businesses, pushed for bold climate action to improve access to clean air and water, introduced sweeping legislation to increase affordable housing and protect families from wildfires, and has led the fight for voting rights and immigration reform.
- Secured COVID-19 relief: Alex was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan, which brought billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief to California to safely reopen schools, support small businesses, ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations, expand the child tax-credit, and provide emergency rental assistance for California families.
- Ensuring access to clean air and water: Alex pushed for bold climate action to guarantee access to clean air and water. He is a proud champion of the Green New Deal, and his legislation to electrify school buses, replace lead pipes, improve water resiliency, and strengthen the electric grid was successfully signed into law by President Biden. Alex also successfully worked with the Biden Administration to restore California’s ability to independently regulate vehicle emissions.
- Championing legislation to address critical challenges: Alex has introduced legislation to increase affordable housing, address the homelessness crisis, and protect our communities from wildfires. Alex has already secured $80 million for wildfire prevention projects for California.
- Led the fight for voting rights: Alex has helped lead the national fight for federal voting rights reform. Alex was one of the few Senators tapped to help author the Freedom to Vote Act, and he tirelessly advocated for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to advance in the Senate. When Republicans obstructed progress on the legislation, Alex was one of the first national leaders to use his platform to call for the elimination of the filibuster.
- Leading the call for immigration reform: Alex is leading the fight for immigration reform in the Senate. His first bill as a U.S. Senator would provide a pathway to citizenship for essential workers. Alex remains committed to ensuring that immigration reform is achieved.
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