|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 18th district
December 3, 2012
|Sandré Swanson (redistricted)|
September 22, 1972|
Quezon City, Philippines
|Alma mater||Yale University (B.A, J.D)|
Robert Andres "Rob" Bonta is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 18th Assembly District, encompasses the central East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was an Alameda City Councilmember. He is the current Chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Bonta was the first Filipino-American ever elected to the California Legislature.
|California's 18th State Assembly district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Rob Bonta (incumbent)||44,321||85.8|
|Democratic||Rob Bonta (incumbent)||88,243||86.7|
|California's 18th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Democratic||Rob Bonta (incumbent)||98,202||89.1|
|Democratic||Rob Bonta (incumbent)||156,163||87.0|
In 2013, Bonta introduced legislation that would require California public schools to teach students the contributions of Filipino Americans in the farm labor movement; it was signed into law in October of that same year by Jerry Brown. Bonta's mother, Cynthia Bonta, helped organize Filipino and Mexican American farmworkers for the United Farm Workers.
In 2017, Bonta introduced legislation that would protect government employees in California from being fired for being members of the Communist Party. The proposal, AB22, would repeal an almost 70-year ban on Communist Party members holding government jobs in California. Bonta's fellow assemblyman Travis Allen blasted the proposal, calling it "blatantly offensive to all Californians." The bill was withdrawn after protests by veterans and by the Vietnamese community.
Bonta was elected to Alameda City Council in November, 2010. Within a year, he declared his intent to run for state assembly. In 2012, some Alameda residents started a recall campaign against him. The recall campaign ended when Bonta resigned his city council seat to serve in the assembly.