Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi served as a prosecutor and a school board member before he was elected in November of 2012 to represent California's 66th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, the Los Angeles communities of Harbor City and Harbor Gateway, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance and the unincorporated communities of El Camino Village and West Carson.
Muratsuchi served as a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice for over eleven years. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2001, he was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the Santa Ana City Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Muratsuchi has put gang members, sex offenders, and drug dealers behind bars, as well as cracked down on rogue doctors and other health care providers.
Muratsuchi also served as a Torrance Unified School Board member for over seven years. His fiscally responsible leadership on the school board helped the district consistently deliver balanced budgets and a healthy rainy day reserve fund despite huge state budget cuts. At the same time, Muratsuchi helped maintain Torrance's reputation as a high-achieving school district, with test scores rising every year during his seven years on the school board. As School Board President, Muratsuchi played a key role in initiating the largest school repair and modernization program in the district's history.
Regionally, Muratsuchi has been an active volunteer in the South Bay and Los Angeles area for many years. He has served as Chairman of the Torrance Planning Commission and a member of the Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission. He has also served as President of the Torrance Sister City Association, President of South Bay JACL, and on the board of directors of the Southern California Regional Occupation Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, and the League of Women Voters of Torrance.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi lives in Torrance with his wife and daughter. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law, and an alumnus of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellows Program.