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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

State of California — ” Alex Padilla, Candidate for Secretary of State

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Alex Padilla

Democratic
Secretary of State
3,473,183 votes (52.6%)Winning
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Profession:California Secretary of State
Secretary of State, State of California — Elected position (2015–current)
State Senator, 20th District, California State Senate — Elected position (2006–2014)
City Councilman, 7th District, Los Angeles City Council — Elected position (1999–2006)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering (1994)

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).  Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems.

After working for Hughes Aircraft in Southern California, Padilla participated in the Coro Fellows Program where he received leadership and public affairs training.  He would later work for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember Tony Cardenas.

Total money raised: $1,169,258

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

1
AFSCME California
$29,200
1
SEIU California
$29,200
1
SEIU Local 1000
$29,200
2
California Professional Firefighters
$27,200
3
Operating Engineers Local 3
$26,700

By State:

California 91.80%
District of Columbia 1.32%
Illinois 1.23%
Texas 1.19%
Other 4.46%
91.80%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.70%)
Small contributions (0.30%)
99.70%

By Type:

From organizations (77.32%)
From individuals (22.68%)
77.32%22.68%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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