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Joel Anderson

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 77th district
In office
2006 – present

Born February 11, 1960 (1960-02-11) (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kate
Children 3
Alma mater California State Polytechnic University
Profession Politician

Joel Anderson (born February 11, 1960 in Detroit, MI) is a California politician. He is currently a member of the California Assembly. He represents the 77th Assembly District that encompasses East San Diego County, including all or portions of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Jamul, Lakeside, Ramona, Alpine, Borrego Springs, and the City of San Diego and also El Dorado. He was elected to his first term in November 2006 on the Republican ticket.



Anderson is the youngest of eight children. He has been married for 20 years to Kate, his wife and is the father of two daughters (Mary and Maura) and one son (Michael). His religion is "decline to state."

He attended Grossmont College before he transferred to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and served as President of the International Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.

Anderson owned and operated a small company for over a decade. He started his company in 1986 and built it into a million-dollar operation by its third year.

Political involvement

Anderson served as President of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. He was first elected to this office in 2002 and he defeated a 12 year incumbent in his election. Anderson was nominated by the San Diego Taxpayers Association for their “Golden Watchdog Award” in 2005 for his anti-tax work on the water district.

Anderson was the San Diego County Co-Chair of Senator Tom McClintock’s “Repeal the Car Tax” Committee. Anderson was also active in the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign. Anderson has been active for decades in both Republican organizations and campaigns. Anderson served as a member the of San Diego County’s Republican Party central committee. For a decade, Anderson served as a Board Member in the Adam Smith Institute, and as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Club of San Diego.

California Assembly

Anderson is a member of the Committees on Aging and Long Term Care; Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security; Public Safety; and Water, Parks and Wildlife. In 2006, Anderson's key piece of legislation AB 221[1] that would forbid California's public retirement system from investing in Iran. The bill has received broad bi-partisan support.

On February 11th 2009 Anderson introduced assembly bill AB 255[2]. AB 255 would require operators of web sites to blur satellite and aerial imagery of sites identified by the state at no reimbursement to the operator. A $250000 per day penalty for non-compliance is mentioned in the bill. No positive reason for this bill is included in its text, but Anderson has stated in an interview:

I'm all for online mapping, but knowing where the air ducts are in an air shaft is not necessary for me to navigate in the city. Who wants to know that level of detail? Bad people do. ... With a [paper] map, you can't count the number of bricks in a building, or see the elevator shafts. With this level of detail [afforded by online maps] you can. I hear the argument that, "Yeah, I want to also ban cars because cars are used in robberies." Look, cars have other commercial uses. There are no other uses for knowing on a map where there are air shafts.[3]


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