Born and raised in the Central Valley, Salas is a lifelong Valley resident, who worked his way from laboring in the fields with his father to graduating from UCLA and becoming the first Latino Bakersfield City Councilmember in its 112 year history.
In his five terms in the California State Assembly, Rudy Salas stood by his commitment to take a stand for Central Valley families and deliver for the region. Salas has been a steadfast voice for the Valley, fighting for more public safety funding, expanding workforce development programs, expanding veterans’ and workers' rights, clean water infrastructure and support for our small business community. In his final term, Assemblymember Salas secured $50 million of dedicated investments for Central Valley projects that will expand local nursing programs and construct an emergency response center, a cooling center, a clean water well, a new building at Bakersfield College - Delano campus, and secured millions for our local students and colleges. Additionally, Assemblymember Salas helped save Kern Medical Hospital from closing its doors and was instrumental in ensuring small business assistance and protective equipment got to residents and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Salas is ready to take on this tough challenge and flip California’s 22nd Congressional District to ensure Central Valley residents have the voice and respect in Washington that they deserve.
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"Rudy Salas is a champion for the Valley who delivers for working families. Together, we have reduced the cost of life-saving medicines for seniors, expanded healthcare for all Californians and delivered in infrastructure projects like clean drinking water wells. I am proud to endorse Rudy because I know he will continue to be a champion for us in Congress."
Eleni Kounalakis“Rudy Salas is a proven leader, who knows how to get things done. In Congress, Rudy will fight for California and the Valley to protect our seniors, lower costs for life-saving medicines, and protect a woman's right to choose. I am proud to endorse him for Congress."
Alex Padilla“Rudy Salas is a true champion for Valley families. Rudy comes from humble beginnings, working in the fields with his family – and I know he will never forget his roots. In Congress, Rudy will be a strong partner in delivering for Valley schools, seniors, and veterans while helping ensure that working families have access to safe drinking water and affordable life-saving medicines."
Katherine Clark"I am proud to endorse Rudy because I know he will continue to be a champion for working families and be a voice for the Central Valley in Congress."
Ted Lieu"Rudy knows what it means to serve his community and he knows what it takes to win tough races. That's why I'm excited to endorse his campaign."
Pete Aguilar"Rudy has deep roots in the valley, combined with his long history of delivering results for working families is why I'm confident he's going to flip this seat."
"As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, Rudy has been a strong advocate for clean water projects, universal access to healthcare, and reproductive freedom. Rudy was the first Latino Bakersfield City Council Member in its 112-history and during his term in the California State Assembly, he made it his mission to stand side by side with Central Valley working families and delivered real results to the Latino community. In Congress, he'll continue delivering for working families and will continue fighting against Republican extremism."
"Rudy Salas grew up working with his family in the fields and
I know we can count on him to stand up for families who put
food on our tables. Rudy is a true champion for our community
and for farm workers. During his time in the CA Assembly,
he won overtime pay for farm workers, expanded healthcare
coverage, and brought funding for clean and safe drinking water
for all Central Valley families."
- Teresa Romero, President of the United Farm Workers