Biography

Al MuratsuchiAl Muratsuchi is a California Assemblymember representing the 66th Assembly District, located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. A longtime South Bay resident, husband, and father, and a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and a former Torrance School Board member, Al's priorities are jobs, education, health care, the environment, public safety, and veterans.

Al, his wife Hiroko Higuchi, Ph.D., and his daughter, who attends a local public school, live in the South Bay. The son of a U.S. Army civil servant and a school teacher, Al was born and raised on U.S. military bases. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law.

Jobs

As Chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, Al wrote job-creating laws like Assembly Bill 777 and co-authored AB 2389 to support South Bay aerospace leaders like SpaceX and Northrop Grumman grow and create thousands of local jobs.

In 2018, Al delivered $231 million in state funding to extend the Los Angeles Metro Green Line light rail service to Torrance and Redondo Beach, creating construction jobs and cutting down on traffic and air pollution.

Al also wrote Assembly Bill 2188, a law that streamlined regulations for small businesses and created jobs in the solar industry. For his work on AB 2188, Al received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

Education

As former Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Al has been fighting to increase funding for our K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges. He delivered $10 million in increased funding for the Southern California Regional Occuptional Center (SCROC) in Torrance to support career technical education. Al also delivered $10 million in funding for El Camino College to build a South Bay Public Safety Training Center to train current and future first responders.

In 2019, Al was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the California School Boards Association for his efforts to increase California's K-12 per pupil funding.

Health Care

Al supports Medicare for All at the national level, and affordable healthcare for all in California. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Al helped deliver critical Personal Protective Equipment to frontline health care workers, expand access to local COVID-19 testing, and secure millions in funding for South Bay cities to combat the pandemic.

Public Safety

As a former prosecutor, Al worked with law enforcement officers to write laws like AB 368 and bills like Assembly Bill 1901 and Assembly Bill 2199 to crack down on sex offenders and other criminals. In 2017, the California Police Chiefs Association recognized Al as their Legislator of the Year.

Al also wrote AB 2362, a bill that allows the California Department of Justice to impose fines on gun dealers to enforce state gun safety laws.

Environment

A champion for the environment, Al wrote AB 1775 and AB 342 to fight the Trump administration's plan to frack and drill for oil offshore and in our national parks. Al also fought to make the Torrance Refinery and other oil refineries safer with his bills AB 1645, AB 1646, AB 1647, and AB 1649. Finally, Al wrote AB 754, a law that provides funding for coastal protection programs, and AB 2711, a bill introduced to help defeat a 2015 Hermosa Beach oil drilling. For his work, Al received the Green Leadership Award from Environment California in 2018 and the Environmental Justice Champion Award from the California Environmental Justice Alliance in 2020.

Military and Veterans

As former Chairman of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, Al fought to improve support services for homeless and disabled veterans. He was a co-author of AB 639, the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Act. As a former member of the Governor's Military Council, Muratsuchi fought to save the Los Angeles Air Force Base from closure. For his work, Muratsuchi received the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award from AMVETS, a national veterans organization.

Al has written other important laws and resolutions:

  • House Resolution 77, the California Legislature's historic apology for its role and past actions that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. Al also delivered $3 million in education funding to teach lessons on the World War II Japanese American camps.
  • AB 2762, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, a first-in-the-nation law that bans the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products in California containing 24 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, or hormone disruption.
  • Assembly Bill 449 protects schoolchildren by requiring superintendents to report suspected teacher misconduct to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, so that bad teachers are not passed along from one school district to another.
  • Assembly Bill 370 protects our online privacy by requires internet privacy policies to disclose their practices regarding the online tracking of individuals who visit websites or use applications.
  • Assembly Bill 66 requires electric utilities to be more transparent and accountable by reporting the frequency and duration of power outages by region.

Al has actively volunteered in the South Bay for many years. His record includes:

  • President, Torrance Unified School District Board of Education
  • Vice President, Southern California Regional Occupational Center
  • Chairman, Torrance Planning Commission
  • Member, Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission
  • President, Torrance Sister City Association
  • President, South Bay JACL
  • Board member, League of Women Voters of Torrance

Updated 1/2021