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Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st district
Taking office
January 3, 2015
Succeeding Gary Miller
Mayor of Redlands, California
Assumed office
December 7, 2010[1]
Preceded by Pat Gilbreath[2]
Redlands City Councilman
Assumed office
April 2006[3]
Preceded by Susan Peppler[3]
Personal details
Born Akaiko Akana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alisha Aguilar
Alma mater University of Redlands

Peter R. "Pete" Aguilar (born June 19, 1979) serves as the Mayor of Redlands, California and is also the President of the Inland Empire Division of the League of California Cities.[4] Aguilar has served on the Redlands City Council since 2006.


Aguilar was born in Fontana, California and grew up in nearby San Bernardino, California. Aguilar attended grade school in Yucaipa, California, and attended the University of Redlands, where he graduated with degrees in both Government and Business Administration.[5] One of Aguilar's first jobs was working at the San Bernardino County Courthouse Cafeteria where his blind grandfather was the operator. He has lived in Redlands, California since 1997, with his wife Alisha. Together they have two sons.[6]


Aguilar began his career in public service in 2001 when then Governor of California, Gray Davis, appointed him Deputy Director of the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. Aguilar subsequently became the Interim Director of the office.

In 2006, Aguilar was appointed to the Redlands City Council, making him the youngest serving Council Member in the city's 140-year history. In 2010, he was elected Mayor.[7]

In January 2012 Aguilar announced he would run for United States Congress in California's 31st congressional district.[8] Although the top Democratic vote-getter, with 22.6% of the vote, he finished behind two Republicans, and - because of California's open primary - those two advanced to the November general election.[9]

In March 2013 Aguilar announced he would run again for election from California's 31st congressional district. [10] In the June 2014 primary, Aguilar finished second in unofficial returns with 17.4% of the vote, and currently has a 179 vote lead to his nearest rival, Republican Lesli Gooch, who is not conceding the runoff spot while ballot counts are still ongoing.[11] Aguilar facee Republican Paul Chabot in the November 2014 general election. [12]


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External links

  • Pete Aguilar for U.S. Congress - Official Website
  • Pete Aguilar Official Twitter Feed
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