Assemblymember Robert Rivas

Speaker of the California State Assembly

Assemblymember Robert Rivas represents California’s 29th Assembly District. Prior to the Assembly, Rivas served two terms on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors. He was raised in Paicines, California, where his grandfather was a farmworker. As a child, Rivas watched his grandfather stand side by side with Cesar Chavez and the UFW as a leader in the fight to win equal rights and fair contracts for farmworkers. In his first term in the assembly, he helped secure the enactment of the COVID-19 Farmworker Relief Package, which included measures for agricultural workplace safety, access to PPE and testing, temporary housing, and access to healthcare and the courts. Rivas won bipartisan support for the Oil Transportation Safety Act, which improved the state’s preparedness to protect coastal regions after a potential spill of non-floating oil. Further, Rivas has led efforts to accelerate the construction of renewable energy and ensure the state explores all options to use public lands and oceans to effectively sequester carbon.