Rudy Salas

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Rudy Salas
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by David Valadao (redistricted)
Personal details
Born March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12) (age 41)
Bakersfield, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Bakersfield, California
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles

Rudy Salas is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 32nd Assembly District, which encompasses Kings County and parts of Kern County.

Salas is a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was a Bakersfield City Councilmember.



When incumbent assemblyman David Valadao announced that he would not run for reelection, instead seeking a congressional bid for the 21st district, the seat was left vacant. In the June 5 primary, Salas ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination and won the overall primary with 41.4% of the vote, or 13,053 votes, ahead of the three Republican candidates. He faced off against the primary runner-up, the Republican former mayor of Delano Pedro Rios, in the November 6 general election. Salas came in first by a smaller margin than before, with 38,759 total votes (52.9%) to Rios's 34,476 (47.1%).[1] He was sworn in on December 3, 2012.


Salas ran for reelection in November 2014. His Republican challengers were Delano Union School District trustee Romeo Agbalog and Pedro A. Rios - the nominee he defeated in 2012.[2] In the June 3 primary, Salas came in first with 44% of the vote, while Rios came in second and Agbalog came in third. In their rematch in the November 4 general election, Salas won once again with 54.8% to Rios's 45.2%.[3]


Salas ran for a third term in 2016. He faced minimal opposition in the primary, with Republican Manuel Ramirez running a write-in campaign that garnered 1% of the primary vote. In the general election, Salas won his largest victory yet with 65% to Ramirez's 35%.[4]


Salas is running for a fourth consecutive term in 2018. He is currently being challenged by Republican Justin Mendes, a Hanford city councilman and staffer for Congressman David Valadao (whom Salas succeeded in the Assembly in 2012).[5]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2012 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas - 13,053 (41.4%)
  • Pedro A. Rios - 7,550 (23.9%)
  • Jon McQuiston - 6,530 (20.7%)
  • David Thomas - 4,420 (14.0%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2012:

  • Rudy Salas - 38,759 (52.9%)
  • Pedro A. Rios - 34,476 (47.1%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2014 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) - 11,577 (43.9%)
  • Pedro A. Rios - 9,183 (34.8%)
  • Romeo Agbalog - 5,628 (21.3%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2014:

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) - 26,721 (54.8%)
  • Pedro A. Rios - 22,031 (45.2%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2016 (Primary):

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) - 30,806 (98.9%)
  • Manuel Ramirez (write-in) - 334 (1.1%)

California's 32nd State Assembly district, 2016:

  • Rudy Salas (incumbent) - 53,056 (65.1%)
  • Manuel Ramirez - 28,502 (34.9%)


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