SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Newsom made history by appointing Assemblymember Rob Bonta as the first Asian American and PacificIslander (AAPI) Attorney General in California. The Governor picked Assemblymember Bonta over a number of other outstanding and qualified candidates.
Assemblymember Bonta is an excellent choice and rose to the top given his experience as a legislator, criminal justice reformer, and hisgreat working relationship with Governor Newsom. Educated at Yale, Oxford, and Yale Law School, Assemblymember Bonta is the first Filipino-American to be elected to the State Legislature and has been a tireless advocate for the AAPI community, formerly serving as the Chair of the API Legislative Caucus.
Against the backdrop of rising AAPI violence, Governor Newsom made an exceptional choice by appointing an AAPI to California’s top law enforcement official. As Attorney General, Bonta will have jurisdiction over the prosecution of hate crimes and enforcing anti-discriminationlaws. As an Assemblymember, Bonta has been a leader in the fight against AAPI hate and introduced AB 886, which will fund community-based organizations that provide culturally competent mental health services for victims of hate violence and restorative justice programs.
AAPI groups and elected leaders from across the country supported Bonta for Attorney General. “We appreciate Governor Newsom in making this historic appointment,” said Jenny Bach, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Action Fund. “We areconfident that Rob Bonta will be a great Attorney General for California.”
“Assemblymember Bonta’s legal, legislative, and lived experiences make him the best choice to represent the diversity of this state,” saidstate Senator Richard Pan, Chair of the API Legislative Caucus.
Assemblymember David Chiu added, “I’m so excited that Governor Newsom has nominated my good friend to be California’s next AttorneyGeneral. Rob is a fighter for justice and will protect
Californians at every opportunity. This is a historic nomination for API communities at a time when it could not be more critical.”
The Asian Pacific American Leadership Action Fund is a civil rights organization with the mission of advocating for the increased representation and diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.