Assemblymember Joel Anderson

  1. On September 13, local business owners visited my office and gave heartfelt, blunt testimonials about how state regulations are forcing them out of the state, or out of business entirely. Now you can hear their compelling stories by clicking on the "Hear the Truth from Business Owners" link to the lower right side of this home page.

    It is time to get the message out that California's businesses - the fuel of our state's economic engine - will not survive this endless barrage of taxation and regulation. The state must get out of the way long enough for the free market to prosper.

    When you view these videos, you will hear testimony from hard-working citizens like John Marchioni of L and M Tire Company in San Diego, who says that the state's inflexible meal and rest regulations are hurting his business and crushing his ability to hire additional employees.

    You'll also hear from people like Juanita Rettinghaus from Friendship Developmental Services, which provides residential living services for people that are developmentally disabled. You will see her testify to the impact of the excessive licensing fees imposed on her business. These fees have increased over 1600% in just five years!

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Please click on the "Hear the Truth from Business Owners" link to the lower right side of this home page to see for yourself.

    I encourage you to share these compelling stories with your family and friends. We must make sure that the stories of these hard-working Californians are heard.

    Thank you.

    Joel Anderson

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Assemblymember Joel Anderson

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On the day that Assemblyman Anderson was sworn in as a member of the legislature, he promised his supporters "I am not going to Sacramento to be a potted plant." Few could argue that he hasn't kept his word.

In his first year, Joel authored AB 221…

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On the day that Assemblyman Anderson was sworn in as a member of the legislature, he promised his supporters "I am not going to Sacramento to be a potted plant." Few could argue that he hasn't kept his word.

In his first year, Joel authored AB 221 - a landmark piece of legislation which divested the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System from companies that were violating federal law by doing business in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The bill called for the divestment of over $24 billion dollars of our public pensions from the Islamic Republic of Iran - the top exporter of terrorism throughout the world. The bill sparked a national movement which led 28 other states and the United States Congress to introduce similar laws. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced to the world that he would sign AB 221 on the floor of the United Nations during his speech to the General Assembly.

AB 221 garnered national and international media coverage in over 300 articles in 13 countries. Media coverage included Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto," BBC, Bloomberg, The National Review, Le Monde (France), and The Jerusalem Post (Israel).

Assemblyman Anderson also appeared on "The Glenn Beck Show," where the show's celebrated conservative host said "(AB 221) sends a strong message that we as a country will not tolerate anyone assisting or profiting off a country that is actively plotting our deaths... I wish there were more people like you. Thank you, sir, for getting it."

Multiple organizations recognized Assemblyman Anderson for his work on AB 221 including the Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC) who called him "An Advocate and a Friend of Israel," and Christians United for Israel who awarded Joel with the "Watchman on the Wall" Award. Additionally, Joel was presented with the 2007 American Freedom Fighter Award by the Marze Por Gohar Party, an Iranian-American political party committed to a democratic and secular republic in Iran.

2007 was a successful year for Joel on several other fronts. He authored legislation designed to our roads safe by making the Regional Transportation Management Center a 24/7 operation.* In recognition of the sacrifice that the men and women of our military have made in the protection of our freedoms, Joel passed AB 257 into law, which granted free state park passes to disabled veterans and recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Joel was also recognized with the 2007 "San Diego Psychiatric Society Legislative Award" for his "interest in, sensitivity to, and knowledge of mental health issues."

Joel's success in 2007 led national talk radio host, Roger Hedgecock, to call Joel, "the greatest freshman Assemblyman from San Diego ever."

As 2008 began, the fight to protect marriage in the Golden State took center-stage. Joel's participation in the historic effort to define marriage as between one man and one woman in California earned him's "California Protector of Marriage Award." Additionally, the pro-family Capitol Resource Institute recognized Joel with the "Friend of the Family" Award.

2008 also saw the legislature act decisively to curb the rampant crime of metal theft. For his pivotal efforts to pass meaningful legislation to stop this crime that was spreading across California, and for his efforts to promote public safety, Joel was awarded the "California State Sheriffs Association Legislator of the Year" and the "San Diego Deputy District Attorney's Legislator of the Year Award."

Joel's reach was felt on a wide array of different issues and in 2008, several other organizations recognized Joel for his key role as a watchdog on their issues. For his efforts to protect the Second Amendment, he was named the "2008 California Rifle & Pistol Association Legislator of the Year." Joel also fought hard as an advocate for keeping public lands open for public use during his first term which earned him the "2008 California League of Off-Road Voters Legislator of the Year Award."

Joel was also recognized as a "2008 American Electronics Association Technology Leader," and the "California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists' Legislator of the Year." Finally, as one of their most successful alums in recent memory, Joel was awarded the "2008 Young Republican Federation of California's Legislator of the Year Award" for his tremendous record of success during his first term in the legislature.

In 2009, Joel focused on fixing the state's economy and bringing jobs back to California. Many California businesses began leaving as the state began issuing IOUs. Joel responded by authoring AB 1506, which protects taxpayers from the state's "forced-borrowing" by requiring the state to accept its own IOUs for payment of state taxes and fees.

AB 1506 has 74 bi-partisan co-authors and received over 1,600 letters of support from people of all walks of life including taxpayers, labor unions, small businesses, elected officials and California State Controller John Chiang. (To learn more vist:

Joel's efforts to protect small business and taxpayers earned him the "2009 Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year Award" and the "2009 Pacific Water Quality Association's Legislator of the Year Award."

While Joel's accomplishments are many, the most important role in Joel's life is that of being a husband to his wife of 22 years, Kate, and a father to his three children, Mary, Maura, and Michael.

*After working closely with Assemblyman Anderson's office, the California Department of Transportation made the administrative decision to allocate the resources necessary to make the San Diego TMC a 24/7 operation. Therefore, the bill (AB4) did not require the Governor's signature.

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