Christopher will continue to be a voice for equality in the California Legislature!
Assemblymember Chris Ward is a parent of two young children who motivate him every day to make the world a better place. Chris was elected to serve the 78th Assembly District in November 2020, and quickly got to work on legislative action and constituent services to help state resources reach residents in need. He was appointed to the Speaker’s leadership team as Majority Whip and then quickly to Assistant Majority Leader, and to critical committees important to the priorities of the 78th District.
Chris helped deliver essential resources to the San Diego region through the state budget to help for proven homeless housing, climate, infrastructure and other long-needed support. In his first year, he sent 7 bills to the Governor’s desk where all were signed, helping reduce housing discrimination, expand the Scholarshare program, protect threatened natural resources, assist crime victims, and more. He continues to prioritize housing, climate, and district support in his legislative work.
He previously served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block, and was an environmental planner at the firm EDAW, working with local government to update land use policies and law, and conduct environmental review. Chris began his public service through volunteering on his community planning group and the San Diego Community College District’s Citizens Oversight Committee. Chris was a Board member of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and San Diego LGBT Center, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He and his partner Thom live in University Heights with their two children and their cairn terrier.