“While I am running for re-election to the Assembly in 2020, I have also begun my campaign for statewide office,” she wrote in an email to supporters.
“Why so early? In California’s 169 year history, a Latina has never been elected to statewide office,” she explained.
Gonzalez is the daughter of an immigrant farmworkers. She attended public schools in San Diego County before earning a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from Georgetown University, and a law degree from UCLA.
Earlier in her career, she served as senior adviser to former California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.
Gonzalez was first elected to the state Assembly in a special election in 2013. She represents the 80th District, which stretches from central San Diego to the Mexican border.
Gonzalez has authored a number of pro-worker and pro-voter bills, including the 2015 New Motor Voter Act, which automatically registers state residents to vote when they receive a California license. After announcing her bid for secretary of state, Gonzalez revealed her newest bill, which would establish weekend voting for state residents
In 2016, the national website Politico named Gonzalez one of the top 50 visionaries in U.S. politics. She is married to Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego County supervisor, and the couple has five children.
Gonzalez is the fifth person to enter the 2022 secretary of state race, joining Sens. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont.
Updated 4:55 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, 2019