Anna Marie Caballero (born April 18, 1955)[1] is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 12th State Senate district, encompassing the Salinas Valley and part of the Central Valley. She previously served in the California State Assembly representing the 30th Assembly District, encompassing the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys in the Central Coast, from 2016 to 2018 and the 28th Assembly District from 2006 to 2010.[2]

Anna Caballero
Member of the California State Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byAnthony Cannella
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 30th district
28th district (2006–2010)
In office
December 5, 2016 – November 30, 2018
Preceded byLuis Alejo
Succeeded byRobert Rivas
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2010
Preceded bySimon Salinas
Succeeded byLuis Alejo
Personal details
Born (1955-04-18) April 18, 1955 (age 64)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Juan Uranga
Alma materUniversity of California San Diego (BA)
University of California Los Angeles (JD)
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer

Caballero unsuccessfully ran for the California State Senate in 2010, losing to Republican Anthony Cannella.[3] After Cannella was ineligible for re-election to the State Senate after serving two terms, Caballero was finally elected to the State Senate in 2018, defeating Republican Rob Poythress.

Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Caballero served as Mayor and a Councilmember of Salinas, California. Between her two stints in the State Assembly, she served as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency under Governor Jerry Brown.


Caballero was appointed to lead the California State and Consumer Services Agency by Governor Jerry Brown on March 22, 2011. She was elected as a Democrat to the California State Assembly.

Born in Arizona to a family of copper miners, Caballero moved to the Salinas Valley 25 years ago to work for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. degree from UCLA. As an attorney, she represented striking farm workers and fought side by side with unions to prevent plant closures. She, along with three partners, founded the law firm Caballero, Matcham & McCarthy, in 1982 to provide low cost legal service. The business received several awards. Caballero was recognized with the Athena Award for entrepreneurial excellence.

Caballero served on the Planning Commission and was later elected to the Salinas City Council in 1991. She was then elected mayor in 1998. As mayor, she carefully navigated Salinas through budgetary problems and managed to keep Salinas's libraries open through a donations program. Caballero was elected to the State Assembly in 2006.

Caballero has also served as the executive director of Partners for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the community together to prevent gang violence and focus on literacy, early childhood education, and providing services to families. Caballero is also a wife and mother. Her husband, Juan Uranga, is the Director of the Center for Community Advocacy in Salinas.

Caballero ran for the California State Senate in 2010 to replace term limited [1] Republican incumbent Jeff Denham, who ran successfully for Congress. In a surprise, Caballero lost to Ceres Mayor Anthony Cannella.

In 2018, Caballero announced that she would again run for the state Senate to succeed Cannella, who is term-limited.[4]

2016 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 30th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Caballero 37,505 46.1
Democratic Karina Cervantez Alejo 21,158 26.0
Republican Georgia Acosta 12,662 15.6
Republican John M. Nevill 9,949 12.2
Total votes 81,274 100.0
General election
Democratic Anna Caballero 79,885 62.5
Democratic Karina Cervantez Alejo 47,998 37.5
Total votes 127,883 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b Candidate Biography
  2. ^ 2008 CA Assembly Candidates
  3. ^ Secretary of State of California (2010-11-02). "State Senate District 12 - Districtwide Results". State of California. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-01-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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