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.
Secretary 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.
With the potential to create 20,000 jobs, Secretary Padilla authored key legislation to facilitate the construction of a new convention center and carbon-neutral sports stadium in downtown Los Angeles. With the goal of modernizing and better managing freight and passenger rail between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo, he wrote the law to establish a joint powers authority to better govern the nation’s second busiest rail corridor.
As an engineer, Secretary Padilla is committed to the promise of science and advanced technology. To address concerns about the misuse of genetic information, he authored the California Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act. To reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads, he authored the law requiring safety and performance standards for autonomous (“driverless”) vehicles. And, working with seismologists at CalTech, U.C. Berkeley, and the U.S. Geological Survey, Secretary Padilla authored a bill requiring the state to create a statewide Earthquake Early Warning System.
Secretary Padilla, 42, lives with his wife Angela and their three sons in the San Fernando Valley.