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Roderick Wright

Member of the California State Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office 
December 2, 2008
Preceded by Edward Vincent

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 48th district
In office
1996 – 2002
Succeeded by Mark Ridley-Thomas

Born 1952
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Children 2
Residence Inglewood, California
Alma mater Pepperdine University
Religion African Methodist Episcopal

Rod Wright is a Democratic politician who was elected to represent California's 25th State Senate district in 2008. Senator Wright previously represented California's 48th State Assembly district from 1996 until he was term limited in 2002.


Education and Pre Legislative Career

Senator Wright obtained his degree in Urban Studies and City Planning at Pepperdine University.

Prior to his initial entrance into elected office in 1996, Senator Wright was the District Director to Congresswoman Maxine Waters where he assisted citizens with federal matters such as Social Security, Medi-Care and veterans issues among others.

Legislative Career

Wright was then elected to the California State Assembly in 1996 representing the 48th Assembly District covering much of south Los Angeles County. From 1998 until 2002, Rod served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce (U&C) which held legislative jurisdiction over electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, private water corporations and other issues related to commerce. Rod has been recognized for his work in the areas of public safety, education, energy and utilities, small business, family law and consumer privacy. [1]

2008 Primary

Entering the 2008 primary season, Wright had been out of politics for six years and was initially not considered a strong candidate against the front runner, Assemblyman and long time politician Mervyn Dymally. However, with his own fundraising and help from independent expenditure groups, Wright was able to overcome his lack of name recognition in the area -- most of the area Wright represented in the California State Assembly is in California's 26th State Senate District. [2]




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