I've lived in Costal Orange County most of my life. I went to local schools and graduated from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, and am currently serving my second term in the State Assembly.
My entire career has been dedicated to public service. While I was working as a Deputy Sheriff, I ran for City Council because city leadership was not responsive to concerns from local residents. To make sure the entire community had a voice, I instituted an open-door policy I maintain to this day.
After eight years on the Costa Mesa City Council, I ran for State Assembly. I left my job with the Sheriff's Department and gave up retirement with a full pension, so I could work on the problems that are bankrupting California.
Despite California's problems, I'm optimistic about our future. Together we can make sure California continues to be the greatest state in the nation.