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Fabian Núñez
Speaker Fabian Núñez (D- 46th District) was elected to the California State Assembly in 2002 and sworn in as the State's 66th Speaker on February 9, 2004. Now in his fourth year as Speaker, he has served longer than any other Speaker since Californians adopted term limits in 1990.

Speaker Núñez has fought to protect and nurture the “California Advantage” -- our innovative industries, our entrepreneurial spirit, our research universities, our environmental beauty and our greatest resource -- the most productive workers in the world.

In 2006, he presided over what the San Francisco Chronicle called “…one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades.” (8/31/06)

That year, the Speaker authored first-in-the-nation legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California industries. This law, AB 32, has become the gold standard for other states and the U.S. Congress to tackle what has quickly become the leading challenge of our times. Speaker Núñez has testified before Congress in support of national greenhouse gas legislation and was invited to the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland this year to discuss the law with the world's leaders in business and government.

In addition, Speaker Núñez crafted legislation to raise California's minimum wage to the highest in the nation as well as a bill to make prescription drugs more affordable to low- and middle-income families. Working with the Governor and legislative Republicans, he also led Assembly passage of the first on-time, balanced budget in nearly a decade.

Speaker Núñez also 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.

In previous legislative sessions, Núñez authored bills to curb pollution, aid small business, help the homeless, discourage predatory lending, improve working conditions for hotel attendants, and offer solutions to California's long-term energy needs.

This year, the Speaker has authored bills that will help boost the availability of alternative fuels. His proposal to reform the state's broken health care 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 Speaker Núñez “… [he] … is drawing comparisons with legendary Speaker Jesse Unruh, most crucially for his clear belief that the speakership is about forging alliances and getting things done.”

In April of 2007 Speaker Núñez was named by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as a national campaign co-chair.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly, from 2000-2002, Núñez was government affairs director for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this capacity, he tackled a broad range of education issues and secured millions in funding for school construction projects, children's health insurance, and low-performing schools.

From 1996 to 2000, he served as political director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Speaker Núñez, 40, earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and education from Pitzer College in Claremont. He resides in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Maria, have three children: Esteban, 18, Teresa, 16, and Carlos, 7.

Entries by Fabian Núñez

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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