Governor Newsom Nominates Assemblymember Rob Bonta

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Sacramento, CA – Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) applauds Governor
Newsom for nominating Assemblymember Rob Bonta to become the next California Attorney General. In
January, APAPA joined a broad cross-section of leaders, including current and former Asian American and
Pacific Islander (AAPI) elected officials, community leaders, and organizations, calling for the appointment of an AAPI member to the California Attorney General position.

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced he will submit to the State Legislature the nomination of
Assemblymember Rob Bonta as the next California Attorney General. Bonta will become the first Filipino American to serve as California Attorney General, if confirmed.

“Rob represents what makes California great – our desire to take on righteous fights and reverse systematic injustices,” said Governor Newsom. “Growing up with parents steeped in social justice movements, Rob has become a national leader in the fight to repair our justice system and defend the rights of every Californian. And most importantly, at this moment when so many communities are under attack for who they are and who they love, Rob has fought to strengthen hate crime laws and protect our communities from the forces of hate. He will be a phenomenal Attorney General, and I can’t wait to see him get to work.”

Assemblymember Bonta has passed major reforms that reversed long-standing injustices such as:

  • Expunged and modified criminal records for people convicted of minor marijuana charges
  • Authored major environmental justice legislation in the fight against climate change
  • Fought to strengthen hate crime laws & protect communities
  • Protected immigrant families from deceptive ICE tactics

Along with many others not listed.

We urge the California State Assembly and the Senate to confirm Rob Bonta as California’s next Attorney
General.

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APAPA is a non-profit, nonpartisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific
Islander (API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in civic and public affairs.

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