Since his election to the California State Senate in 2018, when he received nearly 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Paulina Miranda, Andreas Borgeas has tried to take a bipartisan approach in his work.
It’s part of being a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, as Borgeas told the Fresno Bee in October 2019. “We need to make certain we sell ideas and we sell them in realistic, pragmatic ways,” he told the paper. “As long as you’re not an orthodox zealot, partisan zealot, then you can build relationships with folks whom you may disagree (with) on certain issues.”
A graduate of Georgetown University, Borgeas lives in Fresno with his wife, Anna, and two sons. He served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for five years prior to his election to the state senate.
SB 74-The Keep California Working Act: Borgeas and Democratic colleague Anna Caballero introduced this bill, along with a number of cosponsors, on Dec. 10, 2020, with the COVID pandemic decimating local businesses. It would establish a grant program, allowing the Office of the Small Business Advocate within Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to distribute monies from an appropriation of $2.6 billion.
“We know and we hope that the grants through SB74 will be able to help many small businesses, particularly restaurants,” Borgeas said, according to gwire.com.
SB 357: This unsuccessful bill, which Borgeas authored, would have required the State Department of Health to negotiate with credit reporting agencies that wished to receive notification of a person’s death.
SB 659: An attempt to reform the state’s landmark California Environmental Quality Act, Borgeas’s bill would have allowed for collection of attorney fees in CEQA suits that were found to be in bad faith to delay a project. The bill passed a committee vote before dying in the Rules Committee.
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Borgeas’s massive, largely rural district spans all the way from the outskirts of Sacramento to Death Valley, including all or parts of 11 eastern California counties and coming within about 50 miles as the crow flies from Las Vegas, Nevada.