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Rivas takes oath of office

The former county supervisor will represent San Benito County, Watsonville, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, the Salinas Valley and Big Sur at the state level.

Information provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Robert Rivas took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember for the 30th State Assembly District this week at the California State Capitol. The oath was administered by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The 30th Assembly district includes the Salinas Valley and Big Sur, San Benito County, Watsonville, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill.

“I am humbled to be elected by the people of the 30th Assembly District and excited to get to work fighting for our diverse communities in the Legislature," Rivas said. "Together we can ensure people have access to quality healthcare, affordable housing and clean air and water."

Rivas has served as a county supervisor, educator and firefighter. Growing up in farmworker housing, Rivas’ grandfather taught him the importance of service on behalf of the community. Through him, Rivas learned that you could fight fiercely for your beliefs, while respecting those with whom you disagree. Rivas’ mother and family immigrated from Mexico in the 1960’s. Rivas lives in Hollister with his wife, Christen, and their daughter Melina.

“I’m excited to see Robert Rivas represent our community in Sacramento," Protect Monterey County President Dr. Laura Solorio said. "I know from all that he has done locally, that he will continue to be a champion for preserving the natural beauty of our region. He will fight to keep the air clean and water safe for our families and vital agricultural industry."

Rivas earned a Bachelor’s in Government from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s in Public Administration from San Jose State University. He instructs at Gavilan College and has served as an employment specialist and job training coordinator at San Benito High School, helping students prepare for their first jobs.

“As an educator, Robert Rivas understands how important it is that teachers are strongly supported in the classroom," local teacher Kati Bassler said. "Our students will have better educational opportunities because Robert will be tireless in working to ensure that all children are able to get a quality public education."



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