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Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham is an American politician who was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 with 54.7%[1] of the vote. He is a Republican elected to represent the 35th district, encompassing all of San Luis Obispo County and portions of Santa Barbara County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a school board trustee for the Templeton Unified School District.

Jordan Cunningham
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded by Katcho Achadjian
Personal details
Born (1977-12-06) December 6, 1977 (age 39)
San Luis Obispo County, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Templeton, California
Occupation Politician

Cunningham is a former prosecutor, taxpayer advocate, and local businessman. He lives in Templeton with his wife Shauna and their four children.

Cunningham was born and raised on the Central Coast.

After graduating from Atascadero High School, he attended Point Loma Nazarene University, receiving his bachelor’s in physics with honors. He then served as a Senate Fellow in the California Legislature, working for the Senate Minority Leader on policy and legislation.

Cunningham obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. While in law school, he volunteered as a high school football and baseball coach. After graduation, he worked in Washington D.C. as an attorney in private practice, a federal law clerk, and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Desiring to serve the public and return home to raise his children, Cunningham became a Deputy District Attorney in the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. During his time as a Deputy DA, he prosecuted a wide variety of crimes – including fraud, assault, domestic violence, and environmental crimes. He now represents individuals, families, and local businesses as the owner and founder of Cunningham Law Group.

Cunningham has volunteered as a coach for youth baseball, soccer, and flag football. He is the former President of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association, a nonprofit group dedicated to taxpayer education and advocacy for fiscal responsibility in government.[2]

2016 California State AssemblyEdit

In 2016, Assemblyman Cunningham was appointed Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Rules as well as Vice Chair the Assembly Judiciary Committee. He is the only freshman Republican in his class to earn two Vice-Chairmanships. Cunningham was also appointed to the committees on Public Safety, Business and Professions, and Elections and Redistricting. During his first weeks in office, Cunningham was selected to serve on the Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, an ad hoc committee designed to review and vote on Governor Jerry Brown's appointment of the Attorney General.

2016 California State Assembly

California's 35th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dawn Ortiz-Legg 55,577 45.0
Republican Jordan Cunningham 45,750 37.0
Republican Steve Lebard 18,170 14.7
Libertarian Dominic Robert Rubini 4,142 3.4
Total votes 123,639 100.0
General election
Republican Jordan Cunningham 105,247 54.7
Democratic Dawn Ortiz-Legg 87,168 45.3
Total votes 192,415 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ "California Secretary of State - State Assembly Results". 
  2. ^ Cunningham, Jordan (2016-12-14). "Biography". CentralCoast.  External link in |website= (help)

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