Press Release

Vicky Santana to Run for State Senate

Rio Hondo College Board Vice President announces campaign for Senate District 32, currently held by Tony Mendoza

Whittier, CA – Longtime community leader, Los Angeles County department manager, and current Rio Hondo College Board Vice President Vicky Santana announced she will run for California’s 32nd Senate District.


“It’s time for a change,” said Santana. “We need someone who puts us first. Someone who is focused on improving the lives of working families.”


“We deserve a senator who respects the people in our communities, and who listens and leads,” Santana continued. “There have been too many distractions and our communities are not being advocated for on the Senate floor. People here deserve better.”


Santana is a product of the Montebello Unified School District and earned her Master’s of Public Policy from Harvard’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government while raising her son as a single mom. She worked as a Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and is now the Probation Department’s Risk Manager, a position in charge of five units comprised of over 40 employees who work every day to provide efficient and effective services while saving taxpayers money.


“I will continue to fight to strengthen education and open doors to opportunities for students to be career ready by making college more affordable,” said Santana. “And I will focus on economic development by supporting local and small businesses and helping employers create more jobs in our area.”


Upon entering the race, Santana earned endorsements from local and legislative leaders, including Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, and former County Supervisor Gloria Molina. A full list of endorsements is available at her website. 


“I am excited about Vicky Santana,” said retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. “She would make a great member of the legislature. She is tough, experienced, qualified, and deeply rooted in the community. Vicky would bring back the respect this community needs in its elected officials.”


Santana will be running against Senator Tony Mendoza, who has been suspended from the State Senate while sexual misconduct allegations against him are investigated.