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Luis Alejo

Luis Alejo
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
28th district (2010–2012)
Assumed office
December 6, 2010
Preceded by Anna Caballero
Mayor of Watsonville, California
In office
November 17, 2009 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Anthony Rivas
Succeeded by Daniel Dodge
Watsonville City Councillor from the 2nd District
In office
December 4, 2008 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Oscar Rios
Succeeded by Oscar Rios
Personal details
Born (1974-03-27) March 27, 1974
Watsonville, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Salinas, California
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
UC Davis School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Luis Alejo (born March 27, 1974) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly representing the 30th district, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys.


Early life

Born and raised in Watsonville, Alejo’s family came to work in the agricultural fields of the Salinas, Santa Clara and Pajaro Valleys as migrant farmworkers in the 1950s.

Alejo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with dual bachelors degrees in political science and Chicano studies, and obtained his master's of education degree from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he won the “Maggie Schelen” scholarship for public service.

After finishing his graduate and professional studies, Alejo returned to his hometown of Watsonville to work as a legal aid attorney where he championed the rights of working families throughout the Monterey Bay area. He then worked as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court, where he assisted thousands of self-represented litigants throughout Monterey County who couldn’t afford private attorneys. He has also worked as a high school teacher, focusing on “at-risk” children.[1]


Before his election to the State Legislature, Alejo was the mayor of Watsonville, California. He was elected to District 2 of the Watsonville City Council with nearly 80% of the vote and became mayor in November 2009.[2][3] He had become Vice Mayor in March 2009.[4]

Prior to his public service, Alejo served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow where he worked as a legislative aide for Assemblymember Manny Diaz (D-San Jose).[5] He attended the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), and Harvard University.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo Representing the 28th California Assembly District". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Emilio Martinez, Luis Alejo win Watsonville races, District 1 awaits absentee vote – San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ Jones, Donna. "Alejo, Bilicich named Watsonville mayor, vice mayor". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Alejo named to Watsonville's vice mayor – San Jose Mercury News". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Notable Fellows – Center for California Studies at Sacramento State – Leadership begins here". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Luis Alejo ...Background". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  7. ^ "UC Davis School of Law – Blogs – Dean's Blog". 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 

External links

  • Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo Official Website
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