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Fabian Núñez is the former California Assembly Speaker, and is now a partner at Mercury, a public strategy firm.

Núñez was elected to the California State Assembly in 2002 and sworn in as the State's 66th Speaker in 2004. Serving three two year terms, he has served longer than any other Speaker since Californians adopted term limits in 1990.

As Speaker, Núñez fought to protect and nurture the “California Advantage” – its innovative industries, entrepreneurial spirit, research universities, environmental beauty and greatest resource -- the most productive workers in the world. He oversaw an annual budget of approximately $150 million with 1100 employees in over 103 offices statewide, and was the Assembly’s lead negotiator on the California state budget, responsible for four state budgets.

Núñez led the successful fight for more than $4 billion in infrastructure investments for California, including funds for school modernization and construction, affordable housing, and traffic congestion relief. He is perhaps best known for authoring AB 32, landmark climate change legislation that has become a Gold standard for other states and the U.S. Congress in addressing environmental challenges.

In previous legislative sessions, Núñez authored bills to curb pollution; aid small business; help the homeless; discourage predatory lending; improve working conditions for hotel attendant; and offer solutions to California's long-term energy needs. Núñez has authored bills that will help boost the availability of alternative fuels. His proposal to reform the state's healthcare system to expand insurance availability to nearly all Californians has won support from business, labor, and a broad coalition of health reform groups.

These accomplishments led Governing Magazine to write of Núñez “… [he]… is drawing comparisons with legendary Speaker Jesse Unruh, most crucially for his clear belief that speakership is about forging alliances and getting things done.”

During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, Núñez served as a national co-chairman for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Currently, Fabian Núñez is a partner of Mercury, a public strategy firm. He also serves on the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors and previously served on the University of California Board of Regents.

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It's Time to Move Underserved Latinos Into the Financial Mainstream

(11) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Half of the 52 million Latinos living in the U.S. are financially underserved -- meaning that they have little or no access to traditional banking services. Left out of the financial mainstream, they rely on alternative financial services like check cashers, payday lenders and other high cost services. This is...

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The Time Is Now... The Choice Is Garcetti

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Elections are about building winning coalitions. I know because as the former speaker of the California House, I needed to build coalitions to win my campaigns. And no one is doing that better than Eric Garcetti, who is currently facing Wendy Greuel in a run-off for mayor of Los Angeles.

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The American Dream vs. The Politics of Fear

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Tuesday night the American people saw a tale of two nations. And the difference could not have been any greater had Dickens himself written it.

The first tale came from President Obama. In his State of the Union address, the president spoke to our hopes and dreams, not our fears...

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Latino Voters Were Speaking, but Was the GOP Listening?

(28) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Throughout the presidential election, I predicted that the Republican Party would have a problem with Latino voters on Election Day. It turns out I was wrong. Republicans don't have a problem; they have a crisis.

President Obama won a stunning 71 percent of the Latino vote on election...

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Why Romney Is Not a Good Leader

(19) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:23 PM

Ronald Reagan said elections should offer the voters a clear choice. Too bad the nominee of his party doesn't agree.

To watch Mitt Romney debate is to see him swim in a sea of ever-changing waters. Romney is the anti-Reagan: he doesn't argue for his position, he argues for every...

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California's Real Chance at Health Care Reform

(5) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 7:12 PM

The main objections to the historic -- and, yes, courageous -- health care reform negotiated by myself, Democratic Senate President pro Tem Don Perata and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, come from genuine proponents of a single-payer plan or those using single-payer as an organizing tool. Disappointment over the improbability of...

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