Tony Thurmond was elected to represent California’s 15th Assembly District in November 2014. The district includes the East Bay communities that stretch along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland, including Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante and Kensington.
First elected to the Richmond City Council in 2005, Thurmond served as Council Liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission, the Workforce Investment Board and the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
His priorities in the Assembly will be a continuation of his priorities as a non-profit leader, school board member, and as a city councilmember. Specifically, Thurmond plans to focus on improving the local and statewide economy, improving education from the ground up and preventing crime.
As a community advocate, Thurmond has helped create job training and workforce housing programs that can serve as a model for state efforts at poverty reduction. Further, he recognizes that creating sustainable jobs for California youth is a successful way to reinvest in local communities.
Immediately prior to his election to the Assembly, Thurmond’s project, CEO Youth, was improving school attendance and reducing dropout rates—issues that he will continue to prioritize in the Assembly. Recognizing that jobs, education and crime are interrelated challenges, Assemblymember Thurmond believes that,
“To get it right, we need to give our youth a California as good as its promise. To get there, we need to do the real work to improve our schools, reduce dropout rates, create sustainable jobs that preserve our environment and invest in job training opportunities to build a 21st-century workforce.”
A Fellow in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship program, Assemblymember Thurmond is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) where he received dual Masters Degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Work. He lives in Richmond, California.