Ed Chavez has a long history of public service and leadership in the Greater San Gabriel Valley.
Ed Chavez was born and raised in the City of La Puente, the youngest of seven children. His father was a steelworker at Bethlehem Steel in the City of Vernon and his mother was a technician with McDonnell Douglas Aircrafts in the City of Long Beach. Both parents were born in the State of New Mexico; The Land of Enchantment.
Ed Chavez graduated from Bassett High School and later received an Associate of Arts degree from Rio Hondo College. While working his way through school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He continued his education by earning a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Claremont Graduate School and a Designated Subjects Adult Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles. He has spent most of his career as an educator in the San Gabriel Valley having taught at Bassett Adult School, Pioneer High School, Claremont High School, and several schools in the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District.
At the age of 23, Ed Chavez became the youngest elected member of the Bassett Unified School District’s Board of Education. A year later, his colleagues appointed him President of the Board. During his term in office, he is credited for raising the academic standards throughout the district while lowering the high school dropout rate.
In 1990, Ed Chavez was elected to the La Puente City Council and later Mayor of the City. He helped reduce the City of crime, graffiti, and drugs by organizing community groups throughout the neighborhood. With his leadership, he was able to seek funding for the City’s first senior citizens’ center, veterans’ monument, and dial-a-ride programs.
In addition to his service as an educator and mayor, Ed Chavez has served the San Gabriel Valley while he was on the staffs of California State Assemblymembers Sally Tanner and then, Martin Gallegos.
In 2000, Ed Chavez was elected to the California State Assembly where he served for three terms. In the State Assembly he held a number of leadership positions including Chairman of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee, Chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Indian Nations and as Chairman and Founder of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus.
Elected in 2008 to the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s (USGVMWD) Board of Directors, Director Chavez was re-elected to a second term in 2012. The USGVMWD is a wholesale water distributor and the largest water agency in the San Gabriel Valley that covers over 17 cities and approximately 1 million residents. He is the Board’s Vice-President and Chairman of the Government Affairs and Community Outreach Committee.
Ed Chavez continues to live in the same home that he grew up in with his wife, Renee, and their son, Robert. Renee is a healthcare provider who also served as Councilmember and Mayor of the La Puente City Council and Mayor of the City. Robert is a student at Bishop Amat High School and a member of the school’s varsity golf team.
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