Ian was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, becoming the first millennial elected to the State Legislature. A product of the 57th District, prior to his election to the Assembly Ian worked as a field representative for the Legislature, which allowed him to assist residents in his community to navigate state and local government.
In March 2016, Ian became the youngest Majority Leader in the history of the state of California. As Majority Leader, Ian has led the Assembly to pass landmark legislation, such as raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He is particularly proud of legislation he authored that allows terminally ill Californians to attempt experimental treatments to try to save their own lives.
Ian currently serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Youth and California’s Future and Co-Chair of the Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus. He is a member of the Insurance Committee, Appropriations Committee, Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, and the Elections and Redistricting Committee. In recognition of his work to foster innovation in California, Ian was named Legislator of the Year by TechNet in 2015, as well as the 2016 CompTia California Tech Champion. A champion of arts education, Ian received the California Association of Museums’ 2015 President’s Award and was named a Legislative Arts Champion by Californians for the Arts.
Ian graduated from California State University Long Beach, where he earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Communication. He resides in Whittier with his wife Elise. They are expecting their first child, a baby girl, later this year.
As a former Assembly district caseworker, Ian has maintained a focus on constituent services. With his staff, Ian has directly assisted hundreds of constituents from throughout the 57th Assembly District.
Since he was first elected in 2012, Ian has fought to provide high-value programming to the residents of the 57th Assembly District.
To help needy families during the holidays, Ian has brought together stakeholders from throughout the 57th District to donate nearly 1,000 turkeys with his annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. In addition, Ian has hosted experts from multiple state agencies and private-sector firms who have been able to present valuable information to residents. These have included:
Every year, Ian's College & Career Fair hosts over 2,000 high school students, parents, and teachers, offering them access to more than 50 colleges from around the country as well as workshops on the college and financial aid application processes. To further help 57th District students prepare for higher education, Ian runs an Assembly Internship Program through his office, which every year offers up to a dozen high school and college students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, learn the intricacies of state and local government, and receive guidance from accomplished professionals.
In addition, Ian has brought $15,000 in grants to schools in Whittier, La Mirada, and South El Monte. As a result, the recipient schools were able to fund innovative robotics and arts education programs that give our students critical hands-on learning opportunities. These grants built on a groundbreaking district-wide student film competition in 2013 which showcased student arts and historiography talent from throughout the 57th District.
In 2016, Ian led the effort to finally fund a rehabilitation and modernization of the historic Excelsior High School Auditorium in Norwalk. When complete, the auditorium will offer a world-class performance venue to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and greater Norwalk community.
Ian is also proud to have facilitated the following in support of our students and families:
As the youngest Majority Leader in California's history, Ian has fought to create opportunities for the residents of the 57th District and to make government work better for all Californians. Among the Legislature's prominent achievements since 2012, Ian championed a minimum wage increase – which he campaigned on – as well as the full implementation of Covered California and the expansion of Medicare. In addition, Ian fought for passage of the Local Control Funding Formula, which made the financing of our public schools more cognizant of the challenges of educating students in low-income communities.
Below is a partial list of legislation Ian has been proud to author.
The 57th District encompasses the following cities and unincorporated communities:
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