Tom Daly was elected in November of 2012 to represent California's 69th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Orange.
Daly was born and raised in the 69th District. He first sought elective office in 1986, winning election to the Board of Trustees of the Anaheim Union High School District. Since that victory, Daly has won eight consecutive elections, including serving as Mayor of Anaheim from 1992-2002 and Orange County Clerk-Recorder from 2002-2012.
As Mayor of Anaheim, Daly oversaw major public and private investments in the City, including the expansion of the Resort Area, leading to the creation of thousands of jobs. At the same time, Daly also served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority, where he helped oversee a $3 billion dollar improvement program for road and transit projects in every community in Orange County. Later, as the elected countywide Clerk-Recorder, Daly opened two branch offices for the convenience of the public, saving the office's customers over one million miles of driving every year.
In the State Legislature, Assemblymember Daly is focused on ensuring a balanced budget with a healthy reserve, maintaining and improving our statewide infrastructure and reducing bureaucratic red tape while promoting government efficiency.
Daly has three children and resides in Anaheim with his wife, Debbie.
Achievements from First Term in the State Assembly (2012-2014)
Modernizing and Investing in our Roads and Highways
Daly led the successful passage of a bill that enables an innovative, cost-savings approach to freeway improvement projects statewide. The Orange County Transportation Authority says this new law will save Orange County taxpayers approximately $100 million and speed up the project completion date by two to three years on the 405 freeway improvement project. For this effort, Daly was honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the California Transportation Foundation and Mobility 21 (Southern California transportation group)
Reducing Bureaucratic Red-Tape
Daly championed an effort to reduce processing delays for business filings in the Secretary of State’s Office. The Legislature found that basic paperwork for starting a business was taking 6-8 weeks to be processed. That’s unacceptable, especially when it only takes Texas and New York 5 days. Under Daly’s leadership, the Legislature acted quickly and insisted on a reasonable five-day turn-around. The processing time is now down to five days.
Supporting our Veterans
Daly was a principal co-author of the bill signed by Governor Brown to create an Orange County Veterans Cemetery.
Daly also led the charge to direct an additional $6 million to help California service veterans speed the processing of claims through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.