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Susan Rubio (born December 25, 1970) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 22nd Senate District in eastern Los Angeles County. Rubio was elected in 2018 to succeed Senator Ed Hernandez, who was term-limited out. Prior to being elected, she was a local councilwoman for nine years and a public school teacher for 17 years.

Susan Rubio
Member of the California State Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byEd Hernandez
Personal details
Born (1970-12-25) December 25, 1970 (age 48)
Juarez, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Roger Hernández (2013–2016)
ResidenceBaldwin Park, California

She is Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee and is also a Senate Select Committee Member of the Governor's 2019 Report: Wildfires and Climate Change.

Early life and educationEdit

Rubio was born in Juarez, Mexico and is the daughter of immigrant parents. Rubio's father moved the family to a little town in Texas where they lived undocumented for about two years. She and her family were deported to Juarez in 1975 and returned to the US several years later again as undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles.[1][2]

She became a U.S. citizen in 1994 after being sponsored by her youngest sister, Sylvia, who was born in El Paso.[1] Rubio attended East Los Angeles College and earned a master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Earlier careerEdit

Rubio started her teaching career in Baldwin Park Unified School District and was a teacher at Monrovia Unified School District for 17 years.

Rubio was first elected as City Clerk in Baldwin Park in 2005. In 2009, she was elected to the Baldwin Park City Council and reelected in 2013.

California State SenateEdit

Rubio represents the 22nd Senate district in eastern Los Angeles County, winning election in 2018 against former California State Assemblyman Mike Eng.

She is Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee and Committee Member of Energy, Utilities, Communications; Health; Transportation; and Governmental Organization.  She is also a Senate Select Committee Member of the Governor's 2019 Report: Wildfires and Climate Change - California's Energy Future and Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.   She is a Member of the Latino Legislative Caucus, Legislative Jewish Caucus, Los Angeles Caucus, San Gabriel Valley Caucus and Legislative Women's Caucus.[3]

In February 2019, Rubio introduced SB 273, a bill intended to help victims of domestic violence by lengthening the state of limitations from 3 to 10 years in certain cases and requiring additional police training on dealing with such cases.[4]

2018 election resultsEdit

California's 22nd State Senate district, 2018[5][6]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Eng 38,051 45.3
Democratic Susan Rubio 22,136 26.4
Democratic Monica Garcia 17,404 20.7
Democratic Ruben Sierra 6,377 7.6
Total votes 83,968 100.0
General election
Democratic Susan Rubio 101,936 52.3
Democratic Mike Eng 93,018 47.7
Total votes 194,954 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal lifeEdit

Rubio resides in Baldwin Park, California. Her ex-husband is former Assemblyman Roger Hernández, whom she divorced in 2016 after winning a restraining order due to allegations of several domestic violence incidents during their marriage, including "pushing, shoving, and choking" her.[7][8] Her sister is California State Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio.


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  2. ^ "Meet the Immigrant Legislators Putting Their Stamp on the Capitol". KQED. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  3. ^ "Biography". Senator Susan Rubio. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  4. ^ "'Emotional': LA-area Sen. Susan Rubio's domestic-violence bill advances". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2019-05-28. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  5. ^ "2018 California primary election State Senator results" (PDF). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "2018 California general election State Senator results" (PDF). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Judge orders West Covina assemblyman to stay away from wife following domestic violence allegations". Los Angeles Times. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  8. ^ "Assemblyman Roger Hernandez ordered to stay away from wife due to abuse allegations". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2019-09-08.

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