Miguel Santiago was born to hard working immigrant parents, attended the University of California, Los Angeles and was the first in his family to graduate from college.
Miguel was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 53rd Assembly District, which includes Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, Pico Union and the surrounding areas.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Miguel served as the President of the Los Angeles Community College Board. He led the efforts to expand 21st century job skills, and to revitalize and renovate all nine colleges including L.A. Trade Tech, East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Community College.
In the Legislature he has fought to eradicate homelessness, and build affordable housing, and is leading the effort to make community college free. He is working to stabilize childcare, has authored some of California’s toughest new gun laws, and has taken on a 33 year-old environmental injustice by authoring $176.6 million clean-up legislation to tackle the environmental pollution caused by Exide Technologies in his district.
He has leveraged tens of millions of dollars in state funds to renovate the 6th Street Bridge, create bike lanes, and repair sidewalks in his district. He is currently fighting to decrease the amount of jaywalking tickets given to pedestrians while increasing care services for people with disabilities. He 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 the Assembly’s Health, Higher Education, Public Safety, and Utilities & Energy Committees.
Miguel and his wife Celina are raising their 4 year old, Ethan, and 1 year old little girl, Brielle, in Boyle Heights where they reside.