Rob Bonta is the incumbent Democratic candidate for California’s 18th State Assembly District. District 18 consists of Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. Rob is the son of a Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. They both worked with the United Farm Workers and were active in the Civil Rights Movement.
Bonta graduated with honors from Yale College with a degree in History. At Yale, he was awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize, given to the student with the greatest dedication to and capacity for public service. He was also a recipient of the William Neely Mallory Award for the best male athlete at Yale. After studying at Oxford University in England, he returned to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School.
In 2012, Bonta was elected as the first Filipino to serve in the California State Legislature. Bonta was also an elected member of the Alameda Healthcare District Board of Directors, where he played a key role in stabilizing the finances of Alameda Hospital. He also served as the Chair of the Economic Development Commission.
Before being elected to the Assembly, Rob Bonta served on the Alameda City Council. Until his election to the Assembly, Rob served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.