Title: Assembly Member
Company: California State Legislature
Location: Merced, California, United States
Adam C. Gray, Assembly Member at California State Legislature, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in government.
Notably serving as an assembly member of the California State Legislature for the past nine years, Mr. Gray is dedicated to advocating for health, education, public safety, jobs and water in California’s 21st District, which includes Merced County, and portions of Stanislaus County. Putting himself through college working at his family’s dairy supply, he attained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000. From there, Mr. Gray found work as a legislative aide in the State Legislature before serving as an assistant lecturer at the University of California, Merced. Following the 2008 recession, he wanted to be part of the solution and was elected to the State Assembly in 2012.
Some of Mr. Gray’s achievements as an elected official include working with local law enforcement to reduce gang violence. When Merced County had the highest murder rate in the state, he secured $4.5 million in funding and worked with local law enforcement to develop a gang violence reduction program that resulted in the arrest of more than 50 gang leaders and the seizure of 21,000 rounds of ammunition. In addition, he spearheaded efforts to increase the number of doctors practicing medicine in the Central Valley by doubling the operating hours of intermittent health clinics, increasing Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, and pursuing the establishment of a School of Medicine at the University of California Merced. When one of the worst droughts in recent memory decimated farm water supplies, Mr. Gray advocated for the inclusion of nearly $3 billion for the construction of new water storage facilities in the Prop 1 water bond.
Hailing from a family of farmers, Mr. Gray watched as their concerns shifted from the challenges inherent to the work to the challenges artificially created by politicians regarding regulations around water, labor, pesticides and taxes. As a Democrat, Mr. Gray grew increasingly frustrated from watching his fellow dairymen and farmers switch parties due to their neglect, making his decision to get into politics himself. Today, he is devoted to bringing a stronger voice for those hardworking people he grew up with to carve out a place in the Democratic Party for those who feel abandoned by their local government. Mr. Gray credits his success to his mother and his constituents, as he does not work for party leaders or campaign donors.
Mr. Gray is most well known for his tenacious fight against the State Water Board’s plan to double the amount of water the state takes from the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. In addition, he was involved in securing funding and working with local law enforcement to develop a gang violence reduction program, spearheading efforts to increase the number of doctors practicing medicine in the Central Valley and advocating for the construction of new water storage facilities in the Prop 1 water bond. Mr. Gray currently chairs the Governmental Organization Committee and is a sitting member of the committees on Agriculture and Revenue and Taxation. Looking ahead, Mr. Gray plans to term out in 2024 but plans to always fight for the San Joaquin Valley. He proudly said, “The Valley is in my blood, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else.”
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