Chris Holden, for 44th Assembly District


Chris Holden is a public servant, small business owner and lifelong resident of Pasadena. He has dedicated his career to finding local solutions that have created jobs, preserved vital services and strengthened the economic vitality of the San Gabriel Valley.

Chris was elected to the Pasadena City Council at age 28, and in 1997 was elected as Mayor. Under his leadership, the city created its first living wage ordinance, which ensured that workers could earn decent pay for their hard work and contribute to the local economy. He also managed deregulation of the city’s public utility in a way that preserved local jobs while keeping rates lower than in the private marketplace.

Chris was instrumental in expanding the Metro Gold Line connecting the region to Los Angeles, which is now creating jobs and promoting business activity. He also created the task force that led to the creation of Paseo Colorado and reconnected the historic civic center and new convention center, a key project that has helped small businesses and contributed to the revitalization of downtown Pasadena.

In addition to serving on the Pasadena City Council, Chris is a commissioner on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and an executive board member for the California Democratic Party. He owns CHMB Consulting, a real estate firm. Chris attended Pasadena High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Melanie, and his four children: Nicholas, Alexander, Austin, Mariah, and stepson Noah.

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