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Robert Rivas

D

Assembly Democrat

District 29, Salinas

Time in office

Assembly: 2018—Present

Background

County Supervisor / Educator

Campaign contributions

Assemblymember Robert Rivas has taken at least $629,000 from the Labor sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 19% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

Capitol Office, 1021 O Street, Suite 5110
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0029; (916) 319-2029

District office(s)

60 West Market Street, Suite 110, Salinas, CA 93901; (831) 759-8676

525 Monterey Street, Soledad, CA 93960; (831) 759-8676

Biographical information

Birth Place

Henderson, NV

Race/Ethnicity

Latino

Residence

Hollister, CA

Gender

Male

Born

January 2, 1980

Identifies as

Straight

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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

Campaign contributions received by sector

OpenSecrets and CalMatters have categorized campaign contributions to legislators based on the economic sector that the donor represents. Methodology →

This is how much money Robert Rivas has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Labor
$629,140 $629k 19%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$468,080 $468k 14%
General Business
$261,680 $261k 8%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$227,450 $227k 7%
Ideology/Single Issue
$206,601 $206k 6%
Communications & Electronics
$202,450 $202k 6%
Health
$201,000 $201k 6%
Energy & Natural Resources
$96,350 $96k 3%
Agriculture
$90,745 $90k 3%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$81,430 $81k 2%
Transportation
$61,250 $61k 2%
Construction
$54,920 $54k 2%
Unitemized Contributions
$14,708 $14k <1%
Candidate Contributions
$7,700 $7k <1%
Party
$1,058 $1k <1%
Note: The above percentages might not add up to exactly 100% because we are not displaying any contributions that have not yet been classified.

Committees this legislator serves on

Being on a policy committee means the legislator works on these issues by considering bills relevant to the policy topic. The committee “chair” , chosen by the chamber leader, oversees the discussions of these bills. Members also serve on additional special, select, joint and sub committees, which can be found here.

Agriculture (Chair)
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Bills involving agricultural commissions, agricultural commodities, Department of Food and Agriculture, expositions and fairs, farmers markets, food access, food labeling, labeling of agricultural commodities, livestock and poultry, marketing orders and agreements, milk and milk products, pest management, veterinarians: agricultural issues.
Appropriations
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Fiscal bills, including bonds and alternative public financing.
Governmental Organization
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Bills involving alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters.
Judiciary
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Bills involving family law, product liability, tort liability, Civil Code, and Evidence Code.
Local Government
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Bills involving land use, housing plans, local agency formation commissions (LAFCO), city and county organization, special districts, special taxes, infrastructure financing districts, local government finance, charter cities and counties, eminent domain, military base reuse.

How special interest groups rate this legislator

Special interest groups are organizations that advocate on behalf of shared interests, such as protecting the environment. Many interest groups rate politicians on how well their voting records agree with each group's goals. See a selection of these ratings for this legislator. Methodology →

89%
2021
American Civil Liberties Union
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The ACLU has major chapters in Northern California and Southern California and advocates on criminal justice, free speech and other issues.
18%
2022
California Chamber of Commerce
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The California Chamber of Commerce includes an advocacy arm for employers. It says it has more than 14,000 members representing a quarter of the state’s private sector workforce, and it issues an annual “job killer” list of bills.
100%
2021
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
100%
2021
California Labor Federation
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The California Labor Federation is an umbrella organization for more than 1,200 labor unions representing 2.1 million workers in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
100%
2022
California Teachers Association
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The California Teachers Association is a labor organization representing teachers and other employees at K-12 schools and community colleges. With 310,000 members, it is the largest affiliate of the National Education Association.
100%
2021
Courage California
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Courage California is a progressive advocacy organization seeking policy change on issues including equity, representative democracy and institutional corruption.
100%
2021
Equality California
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Equality California says it has more than 900,000 members and is the largest statewide organization of its kind. It advocates for equal rights and other issues of concern to the LGBTQ community.
F
2022
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association advocates for limited taxation and for the “economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.” It was founded by Howard and Estelle Jarvis, who championed Proposition 13 in 1978, California’s landmark property tax limit.
80%
2022
Sierra Club
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The Sierra Club has 13 chapters with more than 400,000 members in California and advocates on environmental and climate change issues.

Assembly District 29 demographics

Assembly District 29 map
D

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2024

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
53%
47%
GOP
19%
24%
No party
21%
23%

Census data on race/ethnicity, household income, age, poverty rate, and education level will be provided when available.

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Most recent election

2022 General
D

Robert Rivas (Incumbent)

Democratic
63.8%
R

Stephanie L. Castro

Republican
36.2%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

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