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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 55

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Andrew E. Rodriguez

Mayor/County Commissioner
102,683 votes (45.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address Housing & Homelessness
  • Strengthen Public Education
  • Public Safety



Profession:Mayor/County Commissioner
City Councilmember, Walnut City Council — Elected position (2016–current)
County Commissioner, Small Business Commission — Appointed position (2018–current)


University of Southern California Master of Real Estate Development, Real Estate Development (2019)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey B.A., Political science/Planning and Public Policy (2015)

Community Activities

College and Career Ambassador, Youth Policy Institute (2015–current)
Parliamentarian, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (2012–2013)


Born and raised in Walnut, Andrew attended public schools from Kindergarten through high school.  He graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University in New Jersey. During his time at Rutgers, Andrew worked on several political campaigns, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s successful U.S. Senate bid. Andrew found his passion for municipal management at Rutgers, gaining valuable experience working for a non-profit redevelopment corporation dealing with urban revitalization issues in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He also worked for a public affairs firm in New York City, with clients in both the private and public sectors.

Andrew returned home after earning his degree and completed an AmeriCorps service year, assisting high school students in Los Angeles. He received a Masters degree from USC and worked as a land use planner for a firm in the San Gabriel Valley.

After successfully winning his election to the Walnut City Council, Andrew was sworn-in as the youngest councilman serving in Los Angeles County. During his term, Mayor Rodriguez and the City Council have balanced the city's budget annually, completed a general plan land use update for the first time in forty years, and have worked with law enforcement to bring crime down in the city. He has been an advocate for more housing using smart growth strategies for the city.  In 2019, Walnut was ranked as one of the financially healthiest cities in California by the State Controller's Office.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys traveling and reading. He has visited almost all fifty states and has traveled abroad extensively. He is a Los Angeles County Small Business Commissioner, serves on several non-profit boards, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Strong Towns and other land use organizations.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,388,294

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party and employees
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Riverside County Democratic Party
Del Norte County Democrats
Democratic Central Committee of Marin
Santa Clara County Democratic Party

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.20%
District of Columbia 1.27%
Maryland 0.26%
New Jersey 0.10%
Other 0.18%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.62%)
Small contributions (0.38%)

By Type:

From organizations (90.70%)
From individuals (9.30%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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