Rob Bonta

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Bonta earned his Bachelor’s and Law degrees from Yale University. He also studied at Oxford University for one year. He has served as Attorney General since 2021 when he was appointed by Governor Newsom to replace former Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Prior to serving as Attorney General, Bonta was a member of the State Assembly, representing the East Bay since 2012. He also served as San Francisco Deputy City Attorney and sat on the Alameda City Council. He worked at the San Francisco law firm Keker & Van Nest. 
Bonta was born in the Philippines but moved to California when he was two months old and grew up in the Central Valley. 

Key Issues

Guns

Bonta supports expanding programs that bring communities and law enforcement together, as well as programs that take guns away from people with a history of domestic abuse. Bonta successfully defended California’s ban on large-capacity magazines in court. As Attorney General, he has also joined a lawsuit targeting three online sellers of “ghost guns,” the untraceable firearms made from build-it-yourself kits. Bonta helped sponsor Assembly Bill 1594, which requires gun manufacturers and distributors to make reasonable efforts to prevent their products from being used unlawfully.

Hate Crimes

Bonta supports working with law enforcement and engaging in outreach to fight growing hate crimes in California, and especially in Sacramento. He previously issued special reports on hate crime data and solutions in California.

Human Trafficking and Sexual Predation

Bonta supports working with law enforcement to expand programs that support victims of crime. He wants to clear the rape kit backlog. As Attorney General, Bonta filed a motion to dismiss 10 sex crime charges against surgeon Grant Robicheaux. As an Assembly Member, Bonta co-authored AB 1517, which would give resources to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits. As Attorney General, he also launched a new Regional Human Trafficking and Sexual Predator Apprehension Team.

Healthcare and Abortion

Bonta wants to defend mental health benefits, support opioid victims, and improve abortion access. He previously called for healthcare facilities and providers to fully comply with state data privacy laws and report when there have been breaches in data. He approved the expansion of healthcare services in Riverside County and is suing the Aliera Companies for offering sham health insurance plans to Californians. Bonta worked with 24 state attorneys general to file a brief urging the Supreme Court to maintain Roe v. Wade. 

 

Criminal Justice

Bonta supports reducing bias and increasing transparency. He previously fought to end cash bail and stop elected prosecutors from receiving financial and political support from law enforcement unions. He has sought to ​​ phase out private prisons and immigration detention centers, clear old marijuana-related convictions, and create just cause requirements for evicting tenants. Bonta helped pass a law establishing a state Justice Department division to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians.

Economy and Environment

Bonta supports prosecuting polluters, increasing worker protections, and taking legal actions against multinational corporations. For example, Bonta sued Walmart for environmental violations, including illegal dumping of hazardous waste products at local landfills. He wants to reduce the power of big tech and introduce consumer choice and competition. As Attorney General, Bonta announced that Amazon had to pay California $500,000 for ‘concealing’ COVID cases among workers. He previously expanded the California Bureau of Environmental Justice. Bonta worked with three other state attorneys general to call on the Bureau of Land Management to take climate change and environmental justice into full account when making decisions about coal leasing on federal lands. 

 

Immigration

Bonta supports increasing immigrant protections. He previously pushed for more transparency from law enforcement agencies about their cooperation with federal immigration authorities, and has sought better data collection on AAPI communities. He has also worked to require law enforcement to obtain consent from someone in custody before allowing ICE agents to interview them and to expedite the review of pardon requests for immigrants facing deportation. Bonta also sued to block policies that would strong-arm local law enforcement to cooperate with immigration authorities, insert a question about immigration status into the US census, or end the DACA program.

Endorsements

Governor Gavin Newsom

Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

Secretary of State Shirley Weber

Controller Betty Yee

Treasurer Fiona Ma

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla

Congressman Mike Thompson

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Congressman Eric Swalwell

Congressman Jim Costa

Congressman Anna Eshoo

Congressman Salud Carbajal

Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Congresswoman Judy Chu

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano

Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman Jimmy Gomez

Congresswoman Karen Bass

Congressman Mark Takano

Congresswoman Nanette Barragán

Congressman Lou Correa

Congressman Alan Lowenthal

Congressman Mike Levin

Congressman Juan Vargas

Congressman Scott Peters

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Asian American Action Fund

Brady PAC

Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County

California Association of Psychiatric Technicians

California Faculty Association

California Federation of Teachers

California Nurses Association

California Professional Firefighters

California Teachers Association

Courage California

Equality California

NARAL Pro-Choice CA

National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association

SEIU California

Stonewall Democratic Club

Teamsters Joint Council 7

Teamsters Joint Council 42

State Senator Ben Allen

State Senator Bob Archuleta

State Senator Josh Becker

State Senator Steve Bradford

State Senator Anna Caballero

State Senator Dave Cortese

State Senator Bill Dodd

State Senator Maria Elena Durazo

State Senator Susan Eggman

State Senator Lena Gonzalez

State Senator Ben Hueso

State Senator John Laird

State Senator Connie Leyva

State Senator Monique Limon

State Senator Sydney Kamlager

State Senator Mike McGuire

State Senator Dave Min

State Senator Josh Newman

State Senator Richard Pan

State Senator Anthony Portantino

State Senator Richard Roth

State Senator Nancy Skinner

State Senator Henry Stern

State Senator Tom Umberg

State Senator Bob Wieckowski

State Senator Scott Wiener

Speaker Anthony Rendon

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

Assemblymember Steve Bennett

Assemblymember Marc Berman

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Assemblymember Tasha Boerner-Horvath

Assemblymember Mia Bonta

Assemblymember Isaac Bryan

Assemblymember Lisa Calderon

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo

Assemblymember Ed Chau

Assemblymember David Chiu (ret.)

Assemblymember Tom Daly

Assemblymember Chris Holden

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia

Assemblymember Mike Gipson

Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

Assemblymember Tim Grayson

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer

Assemblymember Ash Kalra

Assemblymember Evan Low

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva

Assemblymember James Ramos

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez

Assemblymember Luz Rivas

Assemblymember Robert Rivas

Assemblymember Rudy Salas

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

Assemblymember Mark Stone

Assemblymember Phil Ting

Assemblymember Chris Ward

Assemblymember Jim Wood

Assemblymember Akilah Weber

Mayor London Breed (San Francisco)

Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles)

Mayor Robert Garcia (Long Beach)

Mayor Todd Gloria (San Diego)

Mayor Sam Liccardo (San Jose)

Mayor Farrah Khan (Irvine)

Former Mayor Mark Pulido (Cerritos)

Mayor Vicente Sarmiento (Santa Ana)

Mayor Libby Schaaf (Oakland)

Mayor Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento)

Supervisor Luis Alejo (Monterey County)

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (San Diego)

Councilmember Marni von Wilper (San Diego)

Councilmember Raul Campillo (San Diego)

City Attorney Mara Elliott (San Diego)

Sources

The New York Times

Office of the CA Attorney General

robbonta.com

Asian Journal

Office of the CA Attorney General

LA Times

ABC 10

East Bay Times

ABC 10

State of Reform

Fresno Bee

NBC Bay Area

Bloomberg

Bloomberg Law

LA Times

The Guardian