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Ken was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012. He started his elective public service career on Rancho Cordova’s first City Council upon its formation in 2002. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He also served as mayor in 2005 and again in 2010 when his city was recognized as an All-America City.
Rancho Cordova’s incorporation helped turn the community around. It allowed the city to focus on reducing crime and creating local jobs after Mather Air Force Base’s traumatic 1996 closure. 10 years of cityhood have established a vibrant community. Since 2003, an estimated 10,000 new jobs have been added. One million square feet of new commercial buildings have been built.
Ken’s commitment to fiscal conservatism, refined over an 18-year private sector career with State Farm Insurance, helped Rancho Cordova to thrive despite the economic recession. He has experience balancing a government budget yearly and maintaining surpluses each year as a local elected official. While fiscal strength is difficult for all levels of government today, Ken is very proud that his city received a two-level credit rating increase in 2009, despite the recession. Rancho Cordova has grown into Sacramento County’s number two job center and the city now includes a wide array of jobs that span professional, business and construction services.
Since being elected into the California State Assembly, Ken has worked hard to accomplish several successes for his district. He secured the inclusion of hiring credits for Local Agency Military base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs), protecting hiring tools for businesses on our local bases, McClellan and Mather. Ken’s efforts in 2013 helped speed 600 jobs in the Sacramento Region by managing legislation in the Assembly to get Covered CA on track.
In addition to creating jobs in his district, Ken has focused his attention on important state issues such as regulatory reform. He has fought to save our State’s mobile field hospitals and has been a leader in child abuse prevention and foster care issues.
Ken is Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and serves on the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, Select Committee on Civic Engagement, Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, Select Committee on Homelessness and the Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. He is also a member of the Committees on Governmental Organization, Insurance, Rules, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and serves on the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s California Commission of Economic Development.
Ken and his wife Sydney have been married for 40 years and have lived in the east Sacramento County community of Rancho Cordova since 1977. It is where their sons were born, grew up in local schools, sports and Scouting and live with their families.