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Emilio J. Huerta is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and lives in Bakersfield, California. Emilio witnessed firsthand the organizing leadership his mother Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, while learning to appreciate the value of committing to a life of service to others. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University Bakersfield and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. As a Civil rights attorney he has dedicated his more than 20- career to improving the lives of working men and women.

Before attending college, he served as a labor negotiator, representing farmworkers throughout California who won their right to organize and collectively bargain under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. He served as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), general counsel of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and is a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. During his career he has helped establish primary health care clinics in low-income areas in California and develop more than $400 million in affordable housing across the United States.

His daughter, Ana, continues to carry on the family tradition of service to others as an attorney whose focus is on Native American rights and issues affecting minority communities.

In Congress, Emilio will work to ensure that the people of the Central Valley have good jobs with fair wages, access to health care services and coverage, a clean and safe environment, and educational opportunities that puts their dreams and aspirations within reach.

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Community Commitment

As a civil rights attorney, Emilio has dedicated his career to improving the lives of working men and women. He helped establish primary health care clinics in low-income areas in California, and he developed more than $400 million in affordable housing across the United States.


Providing consistent and reliable access to water for our communities is important to preserving jobs and securing long-term success. Emilio will fight for more water and drought management solutions to reduce the impact of future water shortages.


We deserve incomes that enable us to raise our families with dignity. Our district faces a 15% unemployment rate. Emilio will work hard to bring and keep well-paying jobs to our communities.


Less than 60% of our kids graduate from high school. Republicans have cut funding for public education, including funding for Head Start and job training. This is a failure that has hurt our ability to compete for good jobs and is taking opportunities away from our children’s future.

Health Care

No one should avoid medical care because they can’t afford it. Emilio is committed to fighting any attempt to repeal or de-fund Obama’s health care improvements. One of Emilio’s top priorities is ensuring that Valley residents have access to health care and social services.


Comprehensive immigration reform is long past due. Emilio will be a strong advocate for reform that provides a path to citizenship for law-abiding residents, streamlines the visa system to decrease backlogs and reunite families, and secures our borders. Emilio is committed to defending DACA and DAPA.

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Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama
League of Conservation Voters Action Fund
Mexican American Bar Association
Latino Victory Fund
Teamsters Joint Council No. 7
California School Employees Association
Attorney General Kamala Harris
Service Employees International Union
Gov. Jerry Brown
Central Valley Progressive PAC
Camila Chavez
Paul F. Chavez
Hon. Pete Parra
Hon. Cruz Reynoso
Hon. Cruz Bustamante
Hon. Dean Florez
Helen F. Chavez
Dolores Huerta
United Farm Workers
Teamsters Local 431
Teamsters Local 517
IBEW Local 1245
IBEW Local 428
Transport Workers Union
California Federation of Teachers
Brotherhood of Maintenance and Ways Employees Division
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
California Democratic Party
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Tulare Stonewall Democratic Club
Democracy for America
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California Environmental Justice Alliance
Progressive Action PAC
Representative Mark Takano, CA-41
Representative Nancy Pelosi, CA-1
Representative Zoe Lofgren, CA-19
Representative Steny Hoyer, MD-5
Representative Mike Honda, CA-17
Representative Raúl Grijalva, AZ-3
Representative Ruben Gallego, AZ-7
Senator Barbara Boxer, CA
People For the American Way Voter Alliance PAC
Feminist Majority
Equality California
Sanger Democratic Club
Progressive Democrats of America, Fresno
Kings County Latino Roundtable
Fresno Stonewall Democrats
Central Valley Young Democrats
California Young Democrats
Bakersfield Young Democrats
Kern Mono Inyo County Central Labor Council
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
California Labor Federation

Contact Us

P.O. Box 2327, Bakersfield, CA 93303

(661) 979-4205