Dante Acosta is the current Mayor Pro Tem of Santa Clarita, California and is running for State Assembly in California’s 38th district, which encompasses the mountainous northern suburbs of Los Angeles. He is a registered Republican and was appointed as a delegate to California’s Republican Party by the outgoing State Assemblyman for the 38th district, Republican Scott Wilk.
Acosta and his wife Carolyn, have lived in Santa Clarita with their children for the past 30 years. Acosta has emphasized his belief in community service and volunteerism, and after losing his eldest son in Afghanistan in 2011, he has been involved in a number of veterans’ organizations and charities.
At age 11, Acosta lost his father and began working with his mother in the family clothing store to support the family. He continued to work throughout high school and college, primarily in the automotive industry. Acosta points to his success there as a sales manager as the stepping stone for his entrance into the financial services profession.
Acosta spent 20 years as senior leadership for major finance companies such as Wells Fargo, Prudential Financial and ING before he successfully ran for the Santa Clarita City Council in 2014.