MEET JOHN A. PEREZ, Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly

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September 6, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm

Screen_Shot_2017-08-23_at_17.16.17.pngJohn A. Pérez was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2008, representing Downtown Los Angeles and communities of East Los Angeles. In January, 2010, his colleagues elected him California’s 68 th Assembly Speaker. He was subsequently reelected in 2010 and 2012, making him one of the longest serving Speakers in the era of term limits. Prior to his service in the Assembly, Speaker Emeritus Pérez was a lifetime member of the Labor Movement, eventually serving as the Political Director for the California Labor Federation.

In 2010, he successfully blocked former Governor Schwarzenegger’s final budget proposal, which would have wiped out 430,000 jobs for police officers, firefighters, teachers and nurses. His California Jobs Budgetwhich balanced the budget and created a ten billion dollar private sector job creation fund, forced Gov. Schwarzenegger to agree to a compromise which protected virtually every job eliminated by the initial proposal.

As Speaker, he brought together his colleagues to end California’s era of chronic budget deficits. He worked with Governor Brown and members of the Senate to eliminate the structural deficit that left California’s budget imbalanced for more than a decade.

Speaker Emeritus Pérez lead California’s implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He authored AB 1602, which was signed into law in 2010, creating California’s first-in-the-nation Health Benefits Exchange, Covered California.

He has made affordability and accessibility of higher education one of the most important statewide priorities through passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act. This effort, which brought together thousands of California’s students and parents, sought to reduce student fees by two-thirds for middle class families, and was later adopted in a modified capacity by the 2013 State Budget. The landmark Middle Class Scholarship Act, has provided tuition relief of up to 40 percent for nearly 100,000 California State University and University of California Students.

In 2012, he was the only state legislative leader in the United States to address the Democratic National Convention. In August of 2012, he was elected by fellow Speakers from across the nation to serve as President of the National Speakers Conference. He has previously been appointed by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and is a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee. He currently serves as an appointed member of the UC Board of Regents.

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