SACRAMENTO, CA – Blanca Pacheco was sworn in as the Assemblymember for District 64 today in the State Capitol, representing the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier, Norwalk, Los Nietos, La Mirada, La Habra and the City of Downey, where she most recently served as Mayor.
“I am truly humbled to have been elected to serve my community at the state level to work towards building a better state for all residents across the 64th Assembly District,” said Pacheco. “I understand the California Dream because my family has lived it. I am hopeful for California’s future. In Sacramento, I will work to create more middle-class jobs that pay well, expand affordable housing, invest more in public schools, address the climate crisis, and ensure more affordable and accessible healthcare.”
The daughter of a nurse and public school bus driver, both union members, Blanca Pacheco, grew up in a working-class community. The values of solid work ethic, determination, and building a better life for family and community have been the driving forces behind her life’s work of giving back.
She is a longtime resident of Downey and a proud product of the Downey Unified School District. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Chicano Studies specialization, and later graduated from Loyola Law School, where she received a Juris Doctorate and subsequently passed the California State Bar Exam in 2003.
Pacheco was elected to the Downey City Council in 2016 and served two terms as Mayor, in 2020 and 2022, becoming the first Latina to serve as the Mayor of the City of Downey, the largest city in California’s 64th State Assembly District. When Blanca is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Mr. Belvedere.