Stephen Padilla

California State Senate, District 18


Steve will be an important voice for the LGBTQ community in the California State Senate!


Steve Padilla has spent his life in service to others and making life better in his hometown. At 18, he joined the Chula Vista Police Explorer Scouts ultimately becoming a Police Detective specializing in protecting seniors and kids from domestic violence and abuse.

Years later, Steve Padilla made history as Chula Vista’s first Latino and first LGBTQ Mayor, and previously, when he was elected to the City Council, was the first person of color ever to serve in city office. Steve also serves as Chairman of California’s Coastal Commission, the powerful state agency charged with environmental protection and conservation along our coast. 

With over thirty years of dedicated service to the community, Steve Padilla has built a reputation as a proven progressive leader able to build consensus to tackle complex challenges, including jump-starting Chula Vista’s Bayfront development to create 7,000 jobs in our region; leading state efforts at the Coastal Commission to combat sea-level rise, and helping pass Chula Vista’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium and small business relief programs.

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