AD 38: The Suzette Valladares for Assembly campaign is pleased to announce the endorsement from former Congressman Buck McKeon. Congressman McKeon represented voters in the 25th Congressional District from 1993 to 2015 and served as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during his tenure. McKeon joins State Senator Scott Wilk and McKeon’s successor, former Congressman Steve Knight, as prominent local Republicans coalescing around Suzette Martinez Valladares’ campaign for Assembly.

Background: An unlikely Republican story, Suzette grew up in the San Fernando Valley, the granddaughter of a farmworker who worked alongside Cesar Chavez in the vineyards near Bakersfield. She was blessed with loving parents who valued education, family and community responsibility. In 2012, Suzette became Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks. Her career is based on serving others, with a passion for early childhood education and advocacy.

After her mother’s passing in 2018, Suzette was asked to assume her mother’s role as CEO of Little Steps of Faith, a faith-based non-profit preschool that provides quality childcare to underserved families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

Suzette and her husband Shane were blessed with their first child, daughter Charlotte, in April 2017.

(California’s 38th Assembly District includes the Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys as well as a portion of the San Fernando Valley.)