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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 31

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Joaquin Arambula

Assemblymember/ER Doctor
24,128 votes (59.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A Healthy Water Supply, a Healthy Economy: Water is the lifeblood of the Valley. I am working to the Valley receives our fair share of water and stabilize our long-term water supply.
  • Quality Health Care, Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools: A leader in the Assembly for increasing access to quality health care for all and recruiting medical professionals to our rural communities.
  • Healthy Jobs, Healthy Families: Bringing hundreds of millions in resources to the Valley to improve the economy and create well-paying jobs by bringing new industries to the Valley and investing in job training programs.



Profession:Assemblymember / Emergency Room Physician
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2016–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly (2016–2018)
Emergency Room Physician, Adventist Health Selma (2007–2016)


University of Minnesota Medical School MD, Medicine (2003)
Bowdoin College Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biochemistry (1999)


Dr. Joaquin Arambula currently represents California's 31st Assembly District. He was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley and, at an early age, his parents instilled in him a commitment to hard work and public service, as well as a dedication to making the Central Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family.

A product of Fresno public schools, Joaquin attended medical school with the goal of serving the needs of rural communities. After medical school, he immediately returned to the Valley and has worked as an emergency room physician at Adventist Medical Center - Selma, serving patients from many small, rural farm-working communities in the San Joaquin Valley.

Joaquin served in a senior position with California Emergency Physicians at Adventist-Selma beginning in 2007 and was appointed Medical Director in early 2013. Under his leadership, the Selma Emergency Department was recognized as one of the most efficient emergency departments in the state and won several awards. It has won a number of awards, including CEP's Emergency Department of the Year in 2009, the CEP America Distinguished Site Award in 2012 and the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals in Emergency Care in 2014. Joaquin also serves as a mentor for the UCSF Fresno Doctor’s Academy, helping to encourage local students to go into the health care profession.

Joaquin is known as a team player with strong decision-making skills in the constantly fast-paced, high-stress environment of the ER.

As a doctor, he has been on the frontlines of some of the Valley’s most serious problems, and he sees every day the issues that impact the lives of Valley residents. He is committed to ensuring everyone gets the care they deserve, regardless of their social or economic status.

In the same way that Joaquin is dedicated to putting the care of his patients first, he always puts the people of the Central Valley above politics. In Sacramento, he is working tirelessly for our fair share of water and other resources, creating local jobs, supporting public education and ensuring quality health care.

Joaquin’s father, Juan Arambula, former school board member, Fresno County Supervisor and California Assembly member, is the son of migrant farm workers, who grew up working in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. His mother, Amy, is a dedicated community advocate and attorney. They taught Joaquin and his siblings the importance of giving back to the community and instilled in them a deep commitment for helping those less fortunate.

Joaquin and his wife Elizabeth are teaching these same values to their three young daughters every day.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $956,757

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Dental Association
California State Council of Laborers
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Professional Engineers in California Government
SEIU California
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 80.39%
District of Columbia 2.75%
Illinois 1.90%
Tennessee 1.45%
Other 13.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.74%)
Small contributions (0.26%)

By Type:

From organizations (95.40%)
From individuals (4.60%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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