Assemblymember Tom Daly is from Anaheim, CA and is a lifelong resident of Orange County. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2012.
In the State Assembly, Assemblymember Daly has been responsible for a variety of bills that have been signed into law that protect Californians and reduce barriers to opportunity for them. In 2019, Daly authored legislation that protects homeowners’ access to insurance policies in high or very high fire hazard severity zones and eliminates fees for Californians who have been involved in the juvenile justice system to request sealing of their juvenile records. He currently serves as Chair of the Insurance Committee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Veterans Affairs, and Transportation committees, among others.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Daly had a long record of public service in Orange County, first as Mayor of Anaheim from 1992 to 2002, and then as Orange County Clerk-Recorder from 2002 to 2012. As Mayor, Assemblymember Daly oversaw the development of Anaheim as a popular tourist destination, developing eight new city parks while also overhauling the city’s planning and land development standards. As Orange County Clerk-Recorder, his administration opened new offices and implemented Orange County's innovative Electronic Recording System, which was recognized nationally for greatly improving accessibility and efficiency for Orange County residents.
Assemblymember Daly has also championed increased efficiency through modernization of technology and record keeping, improving access for veterans and businesses. That said, he often abstains from taking positions on key progressive bills in areas including affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and worker protections. Assemblymember Daly has a lifetime score of only 32 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting record.
Assemblymember Daly is being challenged by Jon Paul White (R). According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Though we disagree with Assemblymember Daly's stance on the many issues named above, and know that a stronger progressive candidate would more accurately represent the 69th district, Daly is the most progressive candidate on the ballot. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates, that will better reflect this community’s needs, to run in future cycles.