Joseph Rocha

California State Senate, District 40

Joseph will bring LGBTQ representation to East San Diego County!


Joseph C. Rocha is a veteran with a lifelong dedication to service. He’s running to take on the career politicians and special interests and bring opportunity back to Southern California.

Joseph’s grandparents immigrated to California from Mexico, and through hard work and determination, climbed into the middle class to build opportunities for their family. Joseph’s mother struggled with addiction, so he spent most of his childhood living with his father, who raised a family of five on a truck driver’s salary. But when Joseph came out as gay at 17, he had to move out.

Joseph joined the Navy on his 18th birthday, quickly advancing to become a bomb dog handler, tracking down explosives in the Persian Gulf. After he was discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, he became an advocate for repeal, swearing he would re-enlist and keep fighting to protect his country as soon as it would let him.

While he fought for repeal, Joseph graduated from San Diego City College, then the University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Joseph kept his word, rising to the rank of a Marine Corps Captain and prosecutor, continuing to fight for justice.

Now, Joseph is running for State Senate out of the same sense of duty and service that has guided him his entire life. Joseph will fight for the hardworking people who have often been left behind by career politicians who only look out for themselves.

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