Avelino Valencia is Sworn in as Assemblymember
for District 68
SACRAMENTO, CA – Avelino Valencia was sworn in as the Assemblymember for District 68 today in the State Capitol. The newly elected Assemblymember will represent Central Orange County, including the cities of Santa Ana, Orange, and Anaheim, where he most recently served on the City Council.
“I look forward to working hard every day on behalf of the residents of the 68th Assembly District, while building the coalitions needed to tackle many of the challenges California is facing,” said Valencia, “from reducing homelessness, enhancing schools, expanding infrastructure, decreasing crime, and combating climate change. My focus will be on improving government efficiency to deliver results that better the quality of life in our region.”
Valencia was born and raised in Orange County, the son of immigrant parents who built a successful small business. He attended local public schools and earned an associate degree from Fullerton College, a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. After playing division one college football and briefly pursuing a career in the National Football League (NFL), he coached at Fullerton College.
In November 2020, he was elected to the Anaheim City Council. He worked to speed up the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, expand access to mental health resources, develop new city parks, support small businesses, increase accessibility to housing, and make neighborhoods safer, all while being a responsible fiscal steward of tax dollars. Additionally, Avelino served as the District Director for State Assemblymember Tom Daly. In this role, he worked to craft state policies and help residents navigate state government.