Wendy Carrillo
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Wendy Carrillo

Wendy Carrillo
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 51st district

December 16, 2017
Jimmy Gomez
Personal details
Born (1980-08-10) August 10, 1980 (age 40)
El Salvador
Salvadoran (formerly)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBoyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Los Angeles (BA)[]
University of Southern California (MA)[]
OccupationLabor activist

Wendy Maria Carrillo Dono is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 51st State Assembly district, encompassing parts of northeastern Los Angeles and East Los Angeles.[1] She was sworn into office by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on December 16, 2017.[2] Prior to becoming a member of the California State Assembly, she was a multimedia journalist and labor activist.

Early life and education

Wendy Carrillo was born in El Salvador on August 10, 1980, the oldest of five daughters. Her mother immigrated to the United States when Carrillo was a child, as she felt it was unsafe to remain in El Salvador due to civil war. Carrillo's mother worked as a babysitter. From this, she was able to save enough money to bring Carrillo, along with Carrillo's grandmother and aunt, to the United States.[3] She moved to Los Angeles at age 5, and grew up in Boyle Heights and City Terrace. She received residency at age 13 after her father petitioned for her. At age 21, she applied to become a naturalized citizen and was granted citizenship.[3]

Carrillo attended Harrison Elementary, El Sereno Middle School and Roosevelt High. She is a graduate of both East Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles. Carrillo earned a master's degree, with an emphasis in demography and politics, from the University of Southern California.[2]

Earlier career

For ten years, she was the host and executive producer of a community based program called "Knowledge is Power" on KPWR 106 FM. The talk show covered topics such as environmental justice, access to higher education and politics. Carillo also worked as a writer and producer for Nuvo TV. She was also a regular contributor to Pivot's Take Part Live, Huff Post Live, The Young Turks' The Point and Al Jazeera America.

In 2014, she was the co-founder of now defunct Reported.ly, which was a social media startup that aimed at covering issues of conflict, human rights and political movements.[4] She was also a communications manager for labor union called Local 271, the Los Angeles affiliate of Service Employees International Union.[5]

In 2017, Carrillo announced her intention to run to replace then Congressman Xavier Becerra following his appointment to Attorney General of California.[6] Carrillo ultimately received 5% and lost to then State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and attorney Robert Lee Ahn.[7] Gomez defeated Lee Ahn, receiving 60.1% of the vote and was formally sworn in on July 11, 2017.[8][9]

California State Assembly

Following Gomez's resignation to be formally seated in the United States House of Representatives, Carrillo announced that she would run to replace Gomez in the California State Assembly. On October 3, 2017, Carrillo received 22.2% of the vote and secured a spot in the general election.[10] Carrillo went onto face Planned Parenthood - Los Angeles board member Luis Lopez. On December 5, 2017, Carrillo defeated Lopez, receiving 53.5% of the vote.[11]

In 2018, Carrillo faced libertarian adjunct professor Christopher Stare. Carrillo easily defeated Stare, receiving 86.6% of the vote.

Electoral history

2017 special election

California's 51st State Assembly district special election, 2017
Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Jimmy Gomez
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wendy Carrillo 5,058 22.2
Democratic Luis López 4,243 18.6
Democratic Mike Fong 3,675 16.1
Democratic Gabriel Sandoval 2,370 10.4
Democratic Ron Birnbaum 2,213 9.7
Democratic Alex De Ocampo 1,803 7.9
Democratic David Vela 1,075 4.7
Democratic Mark Vargas 1,022 4.5
Libertarian Andrew S. Aguero 405 1.8
No party preference Patrick Koppula 328 1.4
Democratic Barbara Torres 284 1.2
Peace and Freedom John Prysner 232 1.0
Democratic Mario Olmos 122 0.5
Total votes 22,830 100.0
General election
Democratic Wendy Carrillo 11,100 53.5
Democratic Luis López 9,631 46.5
Total votes 20,731 100.0
Democratic hold


California State Assembly election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wendy Carrillo (incumbent) 42,547 100.0
Libertarian Christopher Stare (write-in) 4 0.0
Total votes 42,551 100.0
General election
Democratic Wendy Carrillo (incumbent) 102,276 86.6
Libertarian Christopher Stare 15,769 13.4
Total votes 118,045 100.0
Democratic hold


2020 California State Assembly election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wendy Carrillo (incumbent) 73,578 100.0%
Total votes 73,578 100.0%
General election
Democratic Wendy Carrillo (incumbent) 127,026 100.0%
Total votes 127,026 100.0%
Democratic hold


  1. ^ Livingston, Javier Panzar, Ellis Simani, Michael. "Labor activist Wendy Carrillo will be L.A.'s newest Assembly member". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b "About Wendy - Wendy Carrillo for Assembly". Wendy Carrillo for Assembly. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hoffman, Ally Bogard and Allie. "On Resilience: How Wendy Carrillo Went From Fleeing War To Running For US Congress". Forbes. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Wendy Carrillo joins startup reported.ly". Media Moves. December 17, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Livingston, Javier Panzar, Ellis Simani, Michael. "Labor activist Wendy Carrillo will be L.A.'s newest Assembly member - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Wire, Sarah D. "Wendy Carrillo, whose mother brought her to the country from El Salvador illegally, enters race for Becerra seat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Mai-Duc, Christine. "It's official: Robert Lee Ahn will face Jimmy Gomez in June runoff for L.A. congressional seat". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Bowman, Bridget (June 7, 2017). "Jimmy Gomez Wins California Special Election for Becerra's Seat". Roll Call. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Cheney, Kyle. "Gomez to be sworn in to House on July 11". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Wick, Julia. "Wendy Carrillo And Luis López Will Likely Advance To Runoff For Jimmy Gomez's Old Assembly Seat". LAist. Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Panzar, Javier. "Luis López concedes to Wendy Carrillo in Assembly District 51 special election". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019.

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