Anna Caballero

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Anna Marie Caballero
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
28th district (2006–2010)
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded by Luis Alejo
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Simon Salinas
Succeeded by Luis Alejo
Personal details
Born (1955-04-18) April 18, 1955 (age 63)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Juan Uranga
Children Three[1]
Alma mater University of California San Diego
University of California Los Angeles
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Anna Marie Caballero (born April 18, 1955)[1] is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly, representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys. She previously served in the state assembly, representing the 28th Assembly district in November 2006 and ran unopposed in 2008.[2] Caballero ran for a seat in the California State Senate and lost her election bid in 2010.[3] Caballero had served as Mayor and a Council member of Salinas, California prior to election to the Assembly.

Between her two stints in the state assembly, Caballero was Secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. She was appointed to the California State and Consumer Services Agency by Governor Jerry Brown on March 22, 2011. She was a Democratic member of the California State Assembly who was elected to serve

Born to a family of copper miners, Ms. Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley 25 years ago to work for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), she attended college at University of California San Diego and law school at UCLA. As an attorney, she represented striking farm workers and fought side by side with unions to prevent plant closures. She, along with three partners, founded the law firm Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy, in 1982 to provide low cost legal service. The business received several awards. Caballero was recognized with the Athena Award for entrepreneurial excellence.

Caballero served on the Planning Commission and was later elected to the Salinas City Council in 1991, she was then elected mayor in 1998. As mayor, she carefully navigated Salinas through budgetary problems and managed to keep Salinas's libraries open through a donations program. Caballero won elected to the State Assembly in 2006.

Caballero has also served as the executive director of Partners for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the community together to prevent gang violence and focus on literacy, early childhood education, and providing services to families. Caballero is also a wife and mother, her husband, Juan Uranga, is the Director of the Center for Community Advocacy in Salinas.

Caballero ran for the California State Senate in 2010 to replace term limited [1] Republican incumbent Jeff Denham, who ran successfully for Congress. In a surprise, Caballero lost to Ceres Mayor Anthony Cannella.

In 2018, Caballero announced that she would again run for the state Senate to succeed Cannella, who is term-limited.[4]

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 30th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Caballero 37,505 46.1
Democratic Karina Cervantez Alejo 21,158 26.0
Republican Georgia Acosta 12,662 15.6
Republican John M. Nevill 9,949 12.2
Total votes 81,274 100.0
General election
Democratic Anna Caballero 79,885 62.5
Democratic Karina Cervantez Alejo 47,998 37.5
Total votes 127,883 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b Candidate Biography
  2. ^ 2008 CA Assembly Candidates
  3. ^ Secretary of State of California (2010-11-02). "State Senate District 12 - Districtwide Results". State of California. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
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