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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Secretary of State

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Alex Padilla

Secretary of State
3,473,183 votes (52.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting voting rights
  • Supporting California jobs and small businesses
  • Increasing campaign finance transparency



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.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,490,653

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

AFSCME California
California Labor Federation
California Teachers Association
Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition
SEIU California
SEIU Local 1000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 90.67%
District of Columbia 1.83%
New York 1.33%
Illinois 1.23%
Other 4.93%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.69%)
Small contributions (0.31%)

By Type:

From organizations (80.54%)
From individuals (19.46%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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