Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi is a former prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and a former Torrance School Board member. He has lived in the South Bay for almost 25 years with his wife and daughter, who attends a local public school. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi currently represents the communities of the South Bay in California's 66th Assembly District.
As a former Torrance School Board member, Al champions for increased funding for our schools and for effective programs for at-risk youth.
With the California Department of Justice, Al prosecuted consumer fraud and held corporations accountable. He also previously served as a criminal prosecutor with the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, where he cracked down on sexual predators, illegal drugs, criminal gangs and other crimes.
Muratsuchi's priorities are jobs, education, public safety, the environment, and veterans.
As Chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, Muratsuchi authored job-creator laws like Assembly Bill 777, which provides tax incentives to attract and retain aerospace jobs in California. Muratsuchi also wrote Assembly Bill 2188, which streamlines bureaucratic regulations to support small businesses and create jobs in the solar industry. For his success with AB 2188, Muratsuchi received the Legislator of the Year Award from the California Solar Energy Industries Association.
Muratsuchi also received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Global Automakers for his support for California's clean vehicle industry.
As Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Muratsuchi helped restore over $10 billion in funding for our schools, community colleges, and universities, while balancing the state budget and strengthening the rainy day reserve.
Muratsuchi also fought to save career technical education programs, like the Southern California Regional Occupational Center. For his work, Muratsuchi received the Shining Star Award from the Southern California Regional Occupational Center.
As a prosecutor with the California Department of Justice, Muratsuchi has fought for public safety for many years. As an Assemblymember, Muratsuchi introduced legislation such as Assembly Bill 1901 and Assembly Bill 2199 to give law enforcement the tools they need to protect our families and neighborhoods. He previously served as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the Santa Ana City Attorney's Office.
An avid surfer, Muratsuchi has fought to protect the South Bay's beautiful beaches and ocean. He successfully authored Assembly Bill 754, a law that strengthened coastal protection programs. Muratsuchi also introduced Assembly Bill 2711 to oppose oil drilling in Hermosa Beach.
Military and Veterans
South Bay Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi is the son of a career U.S. Army public servant, and was born and raised on U.S. military bases. As Chairman of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, Muratsuchi fought to improve support services for homeless and disabled veterans. As an appointed member of the Governor's Military Council, Muratsuchi fought to save the Los Angeles Air Force Base from closure. Muratsuchi -- a champion for aerospace and hi-tech jobs in the South Bay -- works to help veterans transition to good jobs when they return home. He also works with local veterans to honor and support all generations of veterans. For his work, Muratsuchi received the Legislator of the Year Award from AMVETS, a national veterans organization.
Muratsuchi wrote several other important new laws. Among them:
AB 1647 - Air Quality Monitoring: requires refineries to install and maintain air quality monitors at both fence-line and in the community and also requires the Air Quality Management District to report the readings from the monitors in real-time.
AB 1648 - Refinery Inspectors: increases the number of inspectors at Cal-OSHA dedicated to inspecting refineries.
AB 1649 – Refinery Task Force: codifies the existing Refinery Safety Task Force, created after the fire at the Richmond Chevron refinery.
AB 1775 and SB 188 – Oil Drilling: protects the California coast from offshore oil and gas development by prohibiting the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases for oil and gas development – including the placement of pipelines – in state waters. Note: AB 1775 is part of Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s 2018 legislative package and currently going through the legislative process.
AB 562 – Auditor Protection Act: levies penalties for interference with the auditor in her course of work. Allowed the independent auditor to maintain her work.
AB 994 – Local Alzheimer’s Unit: allowed the Beach Cities Health District to build a dementia and Alzheimer's unit for people in the South Bay -- so patients don't have to be unnecessarily separated from their children.
Secured $10M over 4 years to help The Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) maintain financial security and allow them more time to develop a strong, multi-year fiscal plan.
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi also supported and helped pass legislation reducing greenhouse gas emissions and requiring improved air pollution data collection, reporting and accountability.
Assembly Bill 449 protects schoolchildren by requiring superintendents to report suspected teacher misconduct to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, so that bad teachers are not passed along from one school district to another.
Assembly Bill 370 protects our online privacy by requiring internet privacy policies to disclose their practices regarding the online tracking of individuals who visit websites or use applications.
Assembly Bill 66 requires electric utilities to be more transparent and accountable by reporting the frequency and duration of power outages by region.
Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Muratsuchi actively volunteered in the South Bay for many years. His record includes:
• President, Torrance Unified School District Board of Education
• Trustee, Southern California Regional Occupational Center
• Chairman, Torrance Planning Commission
• Member, Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission
• President, Torrance Sister City Association
• President, South Bay JACL
• Board member, League of Women Voters of Torrance