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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Secretary of State

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Ruben Major

354,733 votes (5.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Elections: Printed paper ballots, publicly owned voting systems, open source software, and 100% paper audits at the precinct on Election Day.
  • Campaign Finance Disclosure: Increased disclosure of political contributions and added transparency.
  • Small Business Support: Push for a reduction of annual fees for small businesses so they can compete better with big business.



Profession:Paramedic, Historian, Business Owner
Paramedic Educator/Business Owner, EMS University, LLC (2003–current)
EMS Supervisor/Battalion Chief, Gila River Indian Community (2006–2008)
EMT/Paramedic, Gila River Indian Community (2001–2006)


Concord Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.), law (2017)
Norwich University Master of Arts (M.A.), military history (2008)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), history (2004)
E-Med, Inc. Paramedic, emergency medical services (2002)
Mesa Community College EMT, emergency medical services (2000)


When Ruben was just an infant, his parents separated, and in the process of their separation, Ruben was stripped of his Hispanic and Native American heritage. His father was the son of a full-blooded Yaqui whose parents are buried in the Guadalupe Cemetery.


Ruben and his mother had an incredibly challenging time for much of his childhood (as it is for many others who grow up without a father).  But with hard work, perseverance, and the counsel of his wife and others, Ruben has been able to make something of his life.


Ruben began his career as an EMT nearly 20 years ago, helping those who could not help themselves: seniors, homeless, substance abusers, mentally disabled, and survivors of domestic violence. He has serviced small towns and large communities; busy interstates and Native American reservations; border towns and metropolitan areas. Eventually, Ruben obtained his paramedic certificate and began work for the Gila River Indian Community which helped him to better understand some of what he had missed growing up. He later earned a bachelors, masters, and law degrees.


In particular, Ruben holds a Master’s Degree in Military History with a specialty in Counter-terrorism, which is particularly important for the position of Secretary of State. He also holds FEMA Incident Commander certificates and other extensive emergency response training.


When it comes to healthcare, Ruben has seen it all: from stabbing and gunshot victims, to seniors having heart attacks, to uninsured diabetics who couldn’t afford their medication and died as a result. Ruben understands healthcare policy and how it interacts with public safety, business, gender equality, technology, economic justice, and many other areas.


For a short time, Ruben worked as an instructor at a for-profit institution that taught EMS services. After witnessing the greedy corporate interests take advantage both the students and the staff, he quit and opened his own program.


Under his leadership, the company prospered as an EMT business by offering a better education at a lower price. Ruben Major is a successful business owner who has dedicated his career to saving lives—and teaching others to do the same.



After opening a branch of their company in San Diego, Ruben, his wife, Jenny and their three beautiful children moved to Oceanside where they continue to run their company and be active in the community.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $116,370

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

Ruben Major
Wells Fargo
Employees of Ranstad
Employees of Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.
Employees of Taber Company
Employees of Zenith Insurance Company

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.76%
Arizona 0.80%
Maryland 0.13%
Colorado 0.09%
Massachusetts 0.09%
Other 0.13%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.10%)
Small contributions (3.90%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.89%)
From individuals (99.11%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


I’m not taking corporate money and running to end private control of our election systems, to institute open source software, and to require 100% paper audits. I’ll increase candidate financial disclosure, fight voter suppression, and work to secure our voter registration rolls. I will lead a nationwide solution by decertifying voting machines vulnerable to hacking.


I grew up very poor, but worked hard to become a paramedic and business owner, and earned a law degree and BA & MA in History, obtained training in Counterterrorism, and am a FEMA Certified Incident Commander. These are important characteristics for all aspects of the Secretary of State office.

As the state's head vote counter, I will not endorse other politicians or candidates. As the state’s administrator in charge of business filings, I’ll work hard to ensure business growth and development in California, especially small business, which is the workhorse of American Democracy. As the keeper of State Archives, I’ll do everything possible to make California a center for historical research and scholarship. I’ll bring true integrity to the office.

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— April 17, 2018 Ruben Major for Secretary of State

This video discusses a little about Ruben Major's personal life and background as well as 3 key policy points for the California Secretary of State race.

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