Tony Cardenas grew up in Stockton and Pacoima, California as one of eleven children of parents who immigrated to America shortly after getting married. Cardenas was elected to the California State Assembly in 1996 and went on to serve three terms and become chair of the budget committee. In 2003, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, to which he was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
Cardenas understands the importance of clean air and water and has dedicated a significant portion of his time in public service to public health and environmental issues. He authored legislation to protect children from toxic fumes emitted by school buses. In his first two years on the city council, Cardenas was instrumental in the cleanup of more than 5,000 tons of trash and bulky items from the streets of the San Fernando Valley that he represents.
Cardenas served as Chairman of the city council's Energy and Natural Resources Committee and helped in the passage of a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard to ensure that the Department of Water and Power obtains 20% of its energy from cleaner sources like wind and solar. Cardenas also led the charge to convert the city’s taxi fleet to fuel-efficient vehicles by 2015.
Cardenas joins the U.S. House as the Representative for the newly created 29th District of California.
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