One of the newer members of the state legislature, Robert Rivas has plunged into action with a number of committee assignments and numerous bills that he’s sponsored. Rivas triumphed in his first reelection campaign for the District 30 seat in November 2020, receiving 70.8 percent of the vote. After redistricting, Rivas ran in District 29, winning 64.4 percent of the vote against Republican candidate Stephanie Castro.
Prior to his election at age 38 to the legislature, Rivas worked as an emergency technician, firefighter, and political aide and served on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors. He has a master’s degree in public administration from San Jose State University and is married with one child.
Fairs, Allocation and Classification Committee (chair)
Governmental Organization Committee
Local Government Committee
Select Committee, Gun Violence in Communities of Color
Select Committee, Health Care Access in Rural Communities
Select Committee, Regional Approaches to Addressing CA Water Needs
Select Committee, School Building Finance
Select Committee, Wine
Select Committee, Youth Mental Heath
AB 1623, the Golden State Teacher Grant Program: Introduced in 2019 by Rivas and Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, this active bill would award one-time $20,000 grants for teachers in areas impacted by teacher shortages. “Every student deserves an opportunity to achieve,” Rivas told San Benito Live. “Yet, this opportunity is harder to come by in schools located within low-income communities or schools heavily comprised of English language learners that suffer from a teacher shortage.”
AB 1783, the Farmworker Housing Act of 2019: This bill, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019, streamlines the process for building housing for farmworkers, helping ensure these workers don’t live in substandard conditions.
AB 66, Sales and use tax: exemption: diapers: Rivas is among 20 sponsors of this bill, which would add a sales tax exemption for the purchase of diapers in California.
District Boundaries and Office Locations
Rivas has much ground to cover—and a couple offices to do this in. He has locations in the following areas:
• Capitol office: PO Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0029. Phone: (916) 319-2029. Fax: (916) 319-2129.
• District office: 60 W Market St, Suite 110, Salinas, CA 93901. Phone: (831) 759-8676.
• Satellite office: 525 Monterey St, Soledad, CA 93960. Phone: (831) 759-8676.