Reelect State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi to keep AD-66 on the right track for progress.
State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.
The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or the Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.
California’s 66th Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 27% are Republican and 44% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 19% Latino, 22% Asian, and 5% Black. After the 2021 redistricting process, AD-66 is equally as Democratic as it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that AD-66 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 28 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 17 points.
There are two candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Al Muratsuchi and Republican challenger George Barks. Assm. Muratsuchi’s campaign has raised $305,000, and has received donations from police, corporate PAC, and fossil fuel interests. Barks’s campaign has not recorded any fundraising receipts with the Secretary of State.
Assm. Al Muratsuchi, a former deputy attorney general, is a longtime resident of the South Bay of Los Angeles County. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection to continue to bring increased funding and resources to education, economic, and environmental initiatives. Assm. Muratsuchi was originally elected to the Assembly in 2012, but lost his 2014 reelection bid to Republican David Hadley by a narrow margin. He regained his seat in the 2016 election, and won his 2020 reelection against Republican Arthur Schaper by 26 points.
Assm. Muratsuchi’s priorities for AD-66 this year have included 46 bills about education, pollution, and climate protections. Of these, one has been chaptered into law, one was vetoed, ten have died, and the rest are currently in committee. He currently serves on six standing committees, including Budget, Natural Resources, and Utilities and Energy. He serves as chair of the select committee on Aerospace, and as chair of the joint committee on Climate Change Policies. In his role with the Select Committee on Aerospace, he has supported the local growth and success of SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, and Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor. He scores a Lifetime CS of 61 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Muratsuchi has supported few progressive bills that made it to a vote. This term, he has primarily opposed or failed to vote on bills related to criminal-justice reform. He voted against protecting individuals eligible for prison release from being transferred to immigration detention, limiting disruptions to rehabilitative programs in prisons, and sealing the records of individuals who have fulfilled their sentence.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Muratsuchi served as a deputy district attorney with the California Department of Justice. A longtime supporter of education reform, he served on the Torrance School Board, and has authored legislation to increase funding for the K–12 system, and to support career technical education. He was recognized as Legislator of the Year in 2019 by the California School Boards Association for his efforts to improve the education landscape for students and families. Assm. Muratsuchi has also leveraged his experience as a prosecutor to partner with police to construct bills to strengthen criminal justice in the state.
Assm. Muratsuchi has the endorsement of some progressive groups. However, he has received donations from a variety of problematic funders, including AT&T Services, PG&E Corporation, Los Angeles Police Protective League PAC, and California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC. Given Assm. Muratsuchi’s connection to these groups, it is important that voters continue to hold him accountable to ensure that his legislative efforts remain in the best interest of constituents instead of donors. Based on our analysis, Assm. Muratsuchi’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a leader for the constituents of AD-66 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.