17 Facts About Abel Maldonado

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Abel Maldonado served in that body from 1998 to 2004 and then in the California State Senate from 2004 to 2010, running unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for California State Controller in 2006.

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Abel Maldonado was the first Republican in the State Senate to vote for the budget during the budget deadlock in 2007.

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3.

Abel Maldonado represented a swing district in the Senate and is considered a moderate.

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4.

Abel Maldonado ran for California's 24th congressional district in the 2012 elections, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Lois Capps.

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5.

In 2017, Abel Maldonado was considered for the role of United States Secretary of Agriculture by Donald Trump, but was ultimately not nominated.

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6.

Abel Maldonado was born in Santa Maria, California, the eldest son of immigrant Mexican farm workers.

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7.

Abel Maldonado led issues such as seat belts in school buses and California Workers Compensation Reform.

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8.

Abel Maldonado signed a "No New Taxes" pledge before his election which he later claimed to regret as he cast a vote for higher taxes.

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9.

In February 2009, Abel Maldonado was initially among the Republican senators rejecting a series of bills designed to close the $41 billion state budget deficit, but he later joined the Democrats in supporting the measures.

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10.

In 2005, Abel Maldonado declared his candidacy for the office of California State Controller after Controller Steve Westly decided to run for governor.

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11.

Abel Maldonado makes decisions based on what's best for the people rather than what's best for the party.

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12.

Abel Maldonado has helped us, many times, pass a budget, which was very important.

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13.

Abel Maldonado needed to be confirmed by a majority vote of the State Senate and a majority vote of the State Assembly within 90 days of the nomination in order to take office as lieutenant governor.

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14.

In 2011, Maldonado announced his intention to challenge U S Representative Lois Capps, a Democrat, for her seat in the U S House of Representatives in the 2012 elections.

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15.

Abel Maldonado's campaign was beset by problems: he accused Governor Brown of things that occurred years before he was elected, he struggled to raise money, his campaign's senior staff left in September 2013, and his campaign failed to gain traction after the entry of fellow Republicans Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari into the race.

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16.

In January 2017, it was reported by CNN that Abel Maldonado was an early frontrunner to serve as United States Secretary of Agriculture in the cabinet of then-President-elect Donald Trump.

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17.

Abel Maldonado is married to Laura Maldonado and has four children.

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