Luis Alejo

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Luis Alejo
Luis Alejo.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
28th district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byAnna Caballero
Succeeded byAnna Caballero
Mayor of Watsonville, California
In office
November 17, 2009 – November 30, 2010
Preceded byAnthony Rivas
Succeeded byDaniel Dodge
Watsonville City Councillor from the 2nd District
In office
December 4, 2008 – November 30, 2010
Preceded byOscar Rios
Succeeded byOscar Rios
Personal details
Born (1974-03-27) March 27, 1974 (age 45)
Watsonville, California
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSalinas, California
Alma materHarvard University
University of California, Berkeley
UC Davis School of Law
University of California Davis

Luis Alejo (born March 27, 1974) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas valleys.


Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Watsonville, Alejo's family came to work in the agricultural fields of the Salinas, Santa Clara and Pajaro Valleys as migrant farmworkers in the 1950s.

Alejo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with dual bachelor's degrees in political science and Chicano studies, and obtained his master's of education degree from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he won the "Maggie Schelen" scholarship for public service.

After finishing his graduate and professional studies, Alejo returned to his hometown of Watsonville to work as a legal aid attorney where he championed the rights of working families throughout the Monterey Bay area. He then worked as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court, where he assisted thousands of self-represented litigants throughout Monterey County who couldn't afford private attorneys. He has also worked as a high school teacher, focusing on "at-risk" children.[1]


Before his election to the State Legislature, Alejo was the mayor of Watsonville, California. He was elected to District 2 of the Watsonville City Council with nearly 80% of the vote and became mayor in November 2009.[2][3] He had become Vice Mayor in March 2009.[4]

Prior to his public service, Alejo served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow where he worked as a legislative aide for Assemblymember Manny Diaz (D-San Jose).[5] He attended the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), and Harvard University.[6][7]

Alejo was elected in June 2016 to represent District 1 on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. [8]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 30th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Luis Alejo (incumbent) 25,441 58.9
Republican Mark Starritt 17,730 41.1
Total votes 43,171 100.0
General election
Democratic Luis Alejo (incumbent) 43,431 59.8
Republican Mark Starritt 29,187 40.2
Total votes 72,618 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo Representing the 28th California Assembly District". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  2. ^ "Emilio Martinez, Luis Alejo win Watsonville races, District 1 awaits absentee vote – San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  3. ^ Jones, Donna. "Alejo, Bilicich named Watsonville mayor, vice mayor". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  4. ^ "Alejo named to Watsonville's vice mayor – San Jose Mercury News". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  5. ^ "Notable Fellows – Center for California Studies at Sacramento State – Leadership begins here". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ "Luis Alejo ...Background". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  7. ^ "UC Davis School of Law – Blogs – Dean's Blog". 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  8. ^ "District 1 - Supervisor Luis Alejo". County of Monterey. Retrieved 26 December 2018.