The AAPI political action committee CAPA21 congratulates Assemblymember Rob Bonta on his selection by Governor Gavin Newsom to be the state’s next Attorney General! We also express our appreciation to Governor Newsom on this historic selection of the first Filipino American and only the second Asian American to lead the state’s Department of Justice.

“Especially considering the growing crisis of anti-Asian hate crimes and violence, Gov. Newsom’s appointment of Assemblymember Bonta is a meaningful acknowledgement of the importance of Asian American communities to the Golden State and the recognition of Assemblymember Bonta’s leadership and experience as a former litigator and former deputy city attorney,” said CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima and CAPA21 President Dale Minami.

The son of farmworkers from the Central Valley, Rob Bonta has served as Assemblymember for the 18th District since 2012. His life has been shaped by service, integrity, and social justice.

The first Filipino American to serve in the California Legislature, Assemblymember Bonta graduated from Yale College, studied at Oxford University, and graduated from Yale Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Alvin Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He has nearly 15 years of litigation experience in both the public and private sector, including as Deputy City Attorney of San Francisco.

Assemblymember Bonta distinguished himself as a legislator by authoring groundbreaking legislation to protect Californians in the areas of criminal justice reform, consumer protection, environmental policy, and many other areas.

CAPA21 strongly urged Governor Newsom to appoint an Asian American as Attorney General and promoted Assemblymember Bonta as one of the top candidates.

The CAPA21 political action committee is descended from the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, founded in 1988 as one of the country’s first AAPI political action organizations. The original CAPA was a pioneering organization in the AAPI community during a time when we had few AAPIs in elected office, both in California and at the national level. CAPA21 was founded in 2014 to help shape a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered.