Miguel Santiago was first elected in November 2014 to represent the 53rd Assembly District, one of the most vibrant and diverse districts in California. AD 53 encompasses Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, Pico Union and the surrounding areas.
Miguel was born in Los Angeles to hard-working immigrant parents. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his degree at the University of California in Los Angeles. At a young age, Santiago jumped into community organizing and public service – driven by a commitment to making healthcare and higher education more affordable for all Californians.
He is the architect of AB 19, a law he authored and passed in 2017 that secured the necessary funding make community college free in California for the first year. On the heels of that victory he introduced AB 2, which aims to add a second year of free community college, to help students graduate with a degree and a bright future – not mountains of debt.
Since his election, Miguel Santiago has worked to provide housing for Californians experiencing homelessness and stimulate the development of more affordable housing in his district and across the state. He continues to work on expanding childcare, has authored some California’s toughest gun safety regulations, and fights for the fair and equal treatment of hardworking families. An environmental justice champion, Santiago passed a $176.6 million measure to clean up the toxic pollution caused by Exide Technologies in the City of Vernon.
Last year he took aim at the Trump Administration with a bill to defend California’s vital immigrant communities, passing a budget measure that locked in $10 million for legal services to support unaccompanied minors facing deportation, and those affected by the White House’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status.
In his district, Miguel has leveraged tens of millions of dollars in state funds to renovate the 6th Street Bridge, create new bike lanes, repair crumbling sidewalks, clean up dirty air in disadvantaged communities, and reduce the number of jaywalking tickets given to pedestrians.
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago currently serves as Chair of the powerful Communications and Conveyance Committee where he led the efforts to pass the “Internet for All Now Act of 2017” to ensure broadband access throughout California. He also sits on four other key Assembly Committees: Health, Higher Education, Public Safety, and Utilities & Energy Committees.
Miguel and his wife Celina live in Boyle Heights, where they are raising their 5 year old, Ethan, and 2 year old little girl, Brielle.