Pete Aguilar

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Pete Aguilar
Pete Aguilar official portrait 114th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Gary Miller
Mayor of Redlands, California
In office
December 7, 2010[1] – December 2, 2014
Preceded by Pat Gilbreath[2]
Succeeded by Paul W. Foster
Redlands City Councilman
Assumed office
April 2006[3]
Preceded by Susan Peppler[3]
Personal details
Born Peter Rey Aguilar[4]
(1979-06-19) June 19, 1979 (age 39)
Fontana, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alisha Aguilar
Residence Redlands, California
Alma mater University of Redlands
Religion Roman Catholicism[5]
Website Rep. Peter Aguilar

Peter Rey "Pete" Aguilar (born June 19, 1979) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for California's 31st Congressional District. A Democrat, he served as the Mayor of Redlands, California from 2010 to 2015 and also as the President of the Inland Empire Division of the League of California Cities.[6] Aguilar has served on the Redlands City Council since 2006.

Personal

Aguilar was born in Fontana, California and grew up in nearby San Bernardino, California. Aguilar attended grade school in Yucaipa, California, and attended the University of Redlands, where he graduated with degrees in both Government and Business Administration.[7] One of Aguilar's first jobs was working at the San Bernardino County Courthouse Cafeteria where his blind grandfather was the operator. He has lived in Redlands, California since 1997, with his wife Alisha. Together they have two sons.[8]

Career

Aguilar began his career in public service in 2001 when then Governor of California, Gray Davis, appointed him Deputy Director of the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. Aguilar subsequently became the Interim Director of the office.

In 2006, Aguilar was appointed to the Redlands City Council, making him the youngest serving Council Member in the city's 140-year history. In 2010, he was elected Mayor.[9]

In January 2012 Aguilar announced he would run for United States Congress in California's 31st congressional district.[10] Although the top Democratic vote-getter, with 22.6% of the vote, he finished behind two Republicans, and - because of California's open primary - those two advanced to the November general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

In March 2013 Aguilar announced he would run again for election from California's 31st congressional district.[12] In the June 2014 primary, Aguilar finished second in unofficial returns with 17.4% of the vote, and currently has a 179 vote lead to his nearest rival, Republican Lesli Gooch, who is not conceding the runoff spot while ballot counts are still ongoing.[13] Aguilar defeated Republican Paul Chabot in the November 2014 general election.[14]

Aguilar voted on Nov. 19, 2015, for HR 4038, legislation that would effectively halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States.[15]

Committee assignments

References

  1. Lovell, Chantall M. (2013-05-28). "New council, mayor". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2013-06-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Santschi, Darrell R. (2010-11-03). "Mayors defeated in Colton and Redlands". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 2013-06-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Glenn, Stacia (2006-04-19). "Council selects Aguilar". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2013-06-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "AGUILAR, Peter Rey, (1979 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 31 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Unknown. "About the Inland Empire Division of the League of California Cities". League of California Cities. Retrieved 8 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "City Elected Officials Information Page". City of Redlands. Retrieved May 8, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31)". Tea Party Cheer. Retrieved 13 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Sears, Jan. "Redlands: Council elects new mayor". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 8 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Goad, Ben. "Elections: Redlands mayor announces congressional bid". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 8 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Nathan L. Gonzale (March 18, 2013). "On the Trail: After 2012 disappointment, Aguilar readies re-run". NBCLatino.com. Retrieved June 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Cappis, Greg (April 1, 2013). "Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar announces another bid for Congress". The Redlands Daily Facts.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Hagen, Ryan. "Pete Aguilar's standing solidifies as attacks begin in 31st Congressional District". Retrieved 8 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Hagen, Ryan (June 5, 2014). "Democrat Pete Aguilar advances to general election in 31st Congressional District". The Redlands Daily Facts.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-inside-syrian-refugee-vote-california-20151120-story.html

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gary Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ralph Abraham
R-Louisiana
United States Representatives by seniority
378th
Succeeded by
Rick W. Allen
R-Georgia