Salud Carbajal has a proven track record building a stronger Central Coast. In Congress he is fighting for opportunity and security for middle-class families and to protect the unique communities of our region.
As a child Salud immigrated with his family from Mexico to a small copper mining town in Arizona. His father worked in the mines while his mother maintained their home for their eight children. When the mine closed, the family moved to Oxnard where Salud’s father found work in the fields. Attending junior high and high school in Oxnard, Salud applied himself and focused on his education.
Salud earned his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding University. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including active duty service during the 1991 Gulf War.
In 2004, Salud was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. During his tenure, he demonstrated a commitment to protecting our environment, promoting sustainability, strengthening our schools, and enhancing the health and safety of our community.
Salud worked to implement a Climate Action Plan for Santa Barbara county and made solar energy an affordable efficient option for homeowners. He has consistently worked to achieve innovative solutions to addressing environmental stewardship and sustainability and advocating for job creation in this emerging industry.
Drawing upon his own childhood experiences growing up in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, Salud shares a passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth. In his service at the local level, Salud found innovative ways to strengthen our schools by creating a job skills and mentorship program for at-risk youth and providing summer programming for our kids.
Salud was elected to represent California’s 24th Congressional District in November of 2016 and took office in January of 2017. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. Salud is also an active member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition.
Salud has introduced legislation to permanently ban oil drilling off the coast of California, to expand Pell grants to increase college accessibility and affordability, and to reduce gun violence in our communities.
Salud has been a long-time advocate for health programs that help our children and seniors receive the care they need, including co-sponsoring an initiative that provided health insurance for all of Santa Barbara county’s children prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In Congress, he has been a strong voice against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Salud is married to his wife, Gina and they have two children, Natasha and Michael.