Biography

Assemblymember Jose Medina was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, and Mead Valley. He currently serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. 

Before being elected to the Assembly, Mr. Medina was a high school teacher with the Riverside Unified School District for over 35 years. Medina's eagerness to assist students beyond the classroom motivated him to pursue public office. He was elected to serve as school board member on the Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education and completed three successful terms on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees.

Mr. Medina has been a steadfast voice for students, teachers, families, and the Inland Empire, championing legislation and securing funds for higher education, healthcare accessibility, affordable housing, the arts, and social justice. He authored AB 101, making California the first state to mandate Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement. Moreover, he successfully led the coalition of legislators, students, faculty, and activists to reform California’s state financial aid program and create a debt-free college.

Since his first term, Mr. Medina has secured over $200 million for UC Riverside and its School of Medicine, $25 million for the renovations of the Cesar Chavez Community Center, and $9.7 million to support the development of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry, $8.5 million for the expansion and improvements of Foss Field Park, $7 million to support the restoration and preservation of the Harada House, $5.4 million for the Trujillo Adobe, and $3.5 million for the development of the Mission Heritage Plaza.

Assemblymember Medina is a proud UC Riverside alumnus, with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies, and a master's degree in History. He has two adult children and two grandchildren. He currently resides in Riverside with his wife, Linda.


Biografía

El asambleísta José Medina fue elegido en noviembre del 2012 a la Asamblea Estatal de California para representar al Distrito 61, cual incluye las comunidades de Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris y Mead Valley. Ahora en su quinto mandato, el Sr. Medina continua su apuntamiento como presidente del Comité de Educación Superior de la Asamblea Estatal.

El Sr. Medina ha sido una voz determinante para los estudiantes, maestros, familias de la región del Inland Empire, promoviendo la legislación y asegurando fondos para la educación superior, aumentando el acceso al cuidado de salud, la vivienda asequible, las artes y la justicia social. Fue autor del proyecto de ley AB 101 (AB por sus siglas en ingles), convirtiendo a California en el primer estado en obtener Estudios Étnicos como requisito para graduarse de la escuela secundaria.

Desde su primer mandato, el Sr. Medina ha asegurado $25 millones en fondos continuos para la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de California de Riverside, $9.7 millones para apoyar el desarrollo del Centro Cheech Marin para el Arte, la Cultura y la Industria Chicana, $3.5 millones para el desarrollo de la Mission Heritage Plaza, y $7 millones para apoyar la restauración y preservación de la Casa Harada (Harada House).

El asambleísta Medina es un orgulloso ex-alumno de la Universidad de California de Riverside, con una licenciatura en Estudios Latinoamericanos y una Maestría en Historia. El Asambleísta Medina tiene dos hijos adultos y dos nietos, y vive en Riverside, CA con su esposa Linda.