Ricardo Lara, Senator
Appointed February 2017 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Term ended December 31, 2018
Raised in East Los Angeles, Senator Ricardo Lara is the product of strict, supportive, and fair Mexican immigrants. He was first elected to the California Senate in 2012 and was appointed to the California Air Resources Board as an ex-officio member in 2017.
Senator Lara's 33rd District includes the Port of Long Beach and some of the nation's busiest and most polluted transportation corridors. He has emerged as one of the most effective environmental justice champions in California by consistently passing laws that improve health conditions and rein in air pollution, primarily around low-income communities of color.
Senator Lara authored Senate Bill 605 in 2014, which required the California Air Resources Board to develop a short-lived climate pollutants strategy. In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383, known as the Super Pollutants Reduction Act, which set the nation's toughest standards to slash emissions of black carbon, methane, and fluorinated gases.
Senator Lara also authored Senate Bill1204 in 2014, which created the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program. The legislation accelerated the deployment of low-emission trucks, buses, and clean freight technology.
Senator Lara authored a bill in 2017 to allow the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Air Resources Board to enforce the state's Truck and Bus Regulation and limit pollution in communities along major freight corridors. Governor Brown signed the provisions into law as part of Senate Bill 1 to modernize roads and transit infrastructure.
Senator Lara is also championing an effort to increase consumer incentives to allow Californians to replace their old, dirty, and polluting wood stoves with cleaner and more efficient devices that are better for public health and the environment.
Senator Lara earned his BA in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.