California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi represents the 66th Assembly District, located in the South Bay and Harbor Area of Los Angeles County. A champion for public education, Muratsuchi serves as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and previously served as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Funding. He is fighting climate change as former Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, authoring landmark legislation for California to achieve carbon neutrality and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Muratsuchi has written laws to fight for jobs and the economy, clean energy and environmental justice, public safety, veterans, and small businesses. He also helped deliver billions in increased funding for public schools and for universal high-speed internet access.
The son of immigrants, Muratsuchi was born and raised on U.S. military bases overseas before arriving in California in 1982. A product of public schools and a first-generation university graduate, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA before settling in the South Bay. Muratsuchi has dedicated his career to public service, working as an educator, civil rights lawyer, prosecutor, and Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. Prior to serving in the California Legislature, he served on the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, Southern California Regional Occupational Center Board of Trustees, and Torrance Planning Commission. Muratsuchi lives in the South Bay with his wife Hiroko Higuchi, Ph.D., his daughter, who attends a local public school, and their dog Teddy.
Among Assemblymember Muratsuchi's legislation:
- Assembly Bill 39 (2020) and Assembly Bill 2808 (2018), two bills to increase statewide education funding and make California among the top ten states in the nation in per pupil K-12 funding.
- Assembly Bill 34 (2022), the California Broadband for All Bond Act, to close the digital divide in access to affordable and reliable internet service especially in low income and rural communities.
- Assembly Bill 461 (2017) cut state taxes for student loan debt forgiveness.
- Assembly Bill 449 (2013) cracks down on teachers accused of misconduct transferring from one school district to another.
- Assembly Bill 1279 (2022), the California Climate Crisis Act, codified California's goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, as well as to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent.
- Assembly Bill 1775 (2018) blocked the Trump administration's proposal for new offshore oil drilling along California's coast.
- Assembly Bill 754 (2014) created the California Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund.
- Assembly Bill 1647 (2017) protects communities living near refineries by requiring refineries to install community and fence-line air quality monitors.
- Assembly Bill 2188 (2014) promotes rooftop solar by streamlining local permits and cutting red tape.
- Assembly Bill 511 (2021), the California Small Business Crowdfunding Act, supports small business access to capital through equity crowdfunding.
- Assembly Bill 777 (2014) cut taxes to help create thousands of jobs in California's commercial space flight industry like SpaceX.
- Assembly Bill 308 (2019) cut taxes for small businesses owned by U.S. Armed Forces servicemen and women.
- Assembly Bill 2762 (2020), the California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, the first law in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing toxic chemicals.
- Assembly Bill 1502 (2022), a law that cracks down on nursing home owners and management with a history of health and safety violations.
- Assembly Bill 1740 (2022), a law to crack down on catalytic converter thefts.
- Assembly Bill 2390 (2022), a bill to crack down on retail theft by authorizing the aggregation of stolen property value to file as a felony while providing for pretrial diversion to provide substance abuse or mental health treatment as needed.
- Assembly Bill 557 (2022), a law to fight hate crimes by providing state funding to support local hate crime prosecution.
- Assembly Bill 2362 (2020), a gun safety law that authorizes the California Department of Justice to fine gun dealers who violate gun laws.
- House Resolution 77 (2020), the California Legislature's historic apology for supporting the unjust mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
- Assembly Bill 1782 (2018) established surfing as California's official sport.
In addition to legislation, Assemblymember Muratsuchi has delivered significant state funding for his constituents:
- $231 million in 2018 to extend the Los Angeles Metro light rail service to Torrance and Redondo Beach.
- $10 million in 2017 to support career technical education at the Southern California Regional Occupational Center in Torrance.
- $10 million in 2018 for El Camino College to build the South Bay Public Safety Training Center.
- $3 million in 2017 for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund grant program.
- $3.5 million in 2022 for the Torrance Unified School District to install solar panels at their high schools.
- $4 million in 2022 for the City of Gardena to close the digital divide by building a municipal broadband network.
- $1.4 million in 2022 for the Boys and Girls Club to support their Harbor Gateway/Harbor City program.
- $500,000 in 2022 for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District to fix their high school bathrooms.
- $5.5 million in 2022 for the City of Torrance to build a Homeless Community Response Center.
- $500,000 in 2022 for the City of Redondo Beach to support their Homeless Court program.
- $10 million in 2022 for the City of Redondo Beach to support wetland restoration.
- $5 million in 2022 for the City of Redondo Beach to support the development of a park and open space at the AES power plant site.
- $2.3 million in 2022 to renovate the Hermosa Beach pier.
- $1.5 million in 2022 for the Palos Verdes Peninsula to build a wildfire early detection system.
For his work, Assemblymember Muratsuchi has been recognized by a wide range of organizations:
- Legislator of the Year, California School Boards Association, 2019.
- Shining Star Award, Southern California Regional Occupational Center, 2014.
- Outstanding Legislator Award, Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City, 2013.
- Public Policy Award, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, 2020.
- Green Leadership Award, Environment California, 2018.
- Environmental Justice Champion Award, California Environmental Justice Alliance, 2020.
- Legislator of the Year, California Community Choice Association, 2019.
- Legislator of the Year, California Solar Energy Industries Association, 2014.
- Legislator of the Year, California Police Chiefs Association, 2017.
- Legislator of the Year, AMVETS California, 2013.