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Ian C. Padilla

Legislative Advocate


M.A. Coursework Completed, California State University, Sacramento May 1994
Political Science. Concentration: Public Law and Political Theory. Thesis in Progress.


B.A. California State University, Sacramento May 1991
Political Science. Concentration: Public Law and Political Theory.


Senator Richard G. Polanco, twenty-second Senatorial District (October 1996-current).
Senate Associate selected by Senator Polanco's office to work as a Legislative Aide.

  • Staffed legislation (general areas: education/native American/disaster issues /solid waste)
  • Budget: negotiated and tracked requests/monitored sub and conference committee
  • Facilitated enforcement of legislation by negotiating with state agency representatives
  • Wrote speeches, talking points and press releases
  • Assisted in tracking the status of 54 bills and resolutions
  • Worked with Latino, Native American, and Asian advocacy groups
  • Worked closely with senior staff and lobbyists
  • Regular meetings with advocacy groups and constituents
  • Presented bills on behalf of the senator

California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk (April 1996-September 1996).
Selected for a full-time paid internship as an Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk.

  • Assisted in the enrollment process: preparing legislation for presentation to Governor
  • Assisted in the engrossment process: proof-read legislation
  • Tracking bill status through observation of Assembly floor action
  • Cutting, pasting, and processing legislation
  • Gathering signatures and delivering measures to the Sec. Of State and Governor
  • Extensive utilization of Assembly publications

Ross Communications, Political Strategy and Media (January-December 1994).
Selected for the Joe Serna Fellowship in Politics as a research assistant with political consulting firm.

  • Opposition research
  • Issue and legislative research
  • Researched and wrote position papers
  • Assisted with media production and delivery
  • Assisted with organization of press conferences


Capitol Focus, Program Instructor (October 1997)

  • Four-day non-partisan political awareness program for ninety high school students
  • Conducted mock committee hearings, moderated policy debates, delivered issue presentations
  • Coordinated student media and issue interviews/research
  • Responsible for sixteen young adults for duration of the program
  • Mexican American Alcoholism Program, vice-president, Board of Directors (1993-97)
  • Assisted in formulation of policy for rehabilitation and AIDS education programs
  • Helped develop men and women's transition home and drug diversion programs
  • Assisted board President with formation of employee termination and drug testing policies
  • Served on legal affairs committee and assisted in negotiating contract for Executive Director
  • Media Work for United Farmworker March, Press Assistant for Marc Grossman (April 1994)
  • Assisted in operation of statewide satellite press conference
  • Delivered press releases to the capitol press corps
  • Attended strategy and planning meetings with top UFW staff
  • Assisted press corps and at actual march
  • KVMR Community Radio, Guest DJ (April 1994)
  • Asked to put on a three-hour radio program utilizing interests in politics and music
  • Delivered, "Blues, R&B, Reggae, Funk, and Hip-Hop: Music and Social Experience


  • Published "Power and Promise: The Speakership Battle of 1994"
  • Published by the Center for California Studies
  • California Indian Education Conference, Guest Speaker (February 1994)
  • Prepared and delivered "Change and Continuity., The Future of Native American Education"
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sacramento State University 1993-94
  • GTA in American Government and Current Political Thought
  • Prepared and delivered lectures
  • Graded student papers for substance and mechanics
  • Held regular discussion groups and office hours with students
  • Assistant Editor/Research Assistant, Dr. Friedemann Schartzkophf 1993
  • Assisted in preparing Ph.D. dissertation for publication
  • Edited for substance, mechanics, and style
  • Toned down academic language for a general audience
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