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Tuesday June 7, 2022 — California Primary Election
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United States SenateCandidate for SenatorFull Term

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Alex Padilla

Appointed United States Senator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To ensure every eligible voter has free and ready access to the ballot box through voting rights reform.
  • To ensure every family has access to clean water and unpolluted air, including through passage of the Green New Deal.
  • Reforming our immigration system to include pathways to citizenship, especially for our immigrant essential workers who courageously worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Profession:Appointed United States Senator
U.S. Senator, The United States Senate — Appointed position (2021–2022)
Secretary of State, California — Elected position (2015–2021)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2006–2014)
District 7 City Councilman, Los Angelas City Council — Elected position (1999–2006)


M.I.T Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1994)



Senator Alex Padilla is the first Latino to represent California to the U.S. Senate, appointed in January of 2021 in order to complete Vice President Kamala Harris’s term. Alex is the proud son of immigrants from Mexico and a proud MIT graduate. Alex was elected to the City Council of Los Angeles in 1999 and to California’s State Senate in 2006. He then served as California’s Secretary of State, where he oversaw expansions to voting rights in California and historic voter participation in the 2020 election cycle. Now Alex serves as a U.S. Senator on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Citizenship and Border Safety, and is a member of multiple other committees including the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Judiciary committee; and the Rules committee. Alex lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Angela, their three sons, Roman, Alex and Diego and Taco their Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $10,199,125

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Hueston Hennigan LLP
Edison International and employees
Employees of E&J Gallo Winery
Comcast Corporation and employees
Employees of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

More information about contributions

By State:

California 69.96%
District of Columbia 9.79%
New York 3.42%
Illinois 1.96%
Other 14.87%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.34%)
Small contributions (3.66%)

By Type:

From organizations (21.21%)
From individuals (78.79%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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