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Assemblymember Robert Rivas

CA Assembly 29

(916) 319-2029

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Robert Rivas, who plunged into action immediately upon his arrival in the Assembly with a number of committee assignments and numerous bills, was elected Speaker of the Assembly on November 10, 2022.

Rivas had 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

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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.

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After maneuvering for months, Anthony Rendon and Robert Rivas make a deal on who will be Assembly speaker in the next Legislature. Rendon will stay on, but Rivas will take over at the end of June 2023.

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A release from the California State Assembly on Nov. 10 said the Assembly Democratic Caucus voted unanimously to elect Assemblymember Robert Rivas as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly. Rivas is now the Speaker-Designee and will assume the role of the Speaker’s office on June 30, 2023.

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