Ed Chavez has a long history of public service and leadership in the greater San Gabriel Valley. He 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 an electrical technician with McDonnell Douglas Aircrafts in the City of Long Beach and Monrovia. 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 working on a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Claremont Graduate University and earning a Designated Subjects Adult Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.
He worked hard to earn his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Chavez has spent most of his career as an educator in the San Gabriel Valley having taught at Claremont High School, Pioneer High School, Bassett High School, Bassett Adult School, and several schools in the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District. He is currently working as a teacher with incarcerated adult students at the Los Angeles County jails by helping them achieve their high school diplomas.
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.
At the age of 26, Ed Chavez was elected to the La Puente City Council and later served as Mayor. He helped rid the city of crime, graffiti, and drugs by organizing community groups and working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department throughout the neighborhoods. Through his leadership, the city received funding for the La Puente senior citizens’ center, veterans’ monument, and dial-a-ride programs.
In addition to his service as an educator and mayor, Ed Chavez has worked in the San Gabriel Valley as a senior field representative for California State Assemblymember Sally Tanner and as a district coordinator for Assemblymember Martin Gallegos.
In 2000, Ed Chavez was elected to the California State Assembly for the 57th District where he served the maximum of 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 (Upper District) Board of Directors, Director and Board President Chavez was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Upper District is a wholesale water provider and the largest municipal water agency in the San Gabriel Valley that services 18 cities and approximately 1 million residents. He has served on numerous boards and committees concurrently, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority, and the Main San Gabriel Watermaster.
Ed Chavez continues to live in the same home he grew up in with his wife, Renee. She is a healthcare provider who also served as a city council member and mayor of the City of La Puente. Their youngest son, Robert, is a graduate at the University of Colorado in the City of Boulder. He is also an educator and high school varsity golf coach for the boy’s and girl’s teams.
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