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Spotlight: California AG Rob Bonta

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Launching Housing Strike Force, an effort to advance housing access, affordability, and equity in California.
  2. Creating the Racial Justice Bureau to lead the development of strategies to address bias and hate at their roots and to strengthen responses to hate crime in California.
  3. Expanding the Bureau of Environmental Justice to protect people and communities that endure a disproportionate share of environmental pollution and public health hazards.

Professional background: Rob Bonta was appointed California Attorney General in March 2021 to replace former AG Xavier Becerra when AG Becerra  became head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For almost a decade, AG Bonta represented areas of Alameda County in the California State Assembly and was the first Filipino-American elected to the California State Legislature. Before joining the Legislature, he was a deputy city attorney in San Francisco and a member of the Alameda City Council.

Education: AG Bonta received a B.A. in history and his J.D. from Yale University, where he also played on the men’s soccer team.

Personal: AG Bonta immigrated to the US from the Philippines with his family as an infant. He is married to Mia Bonta, and they have three children.