Chris Holden is a husband, father, Pasadena resident, former small business owner, lifelong Democrat, and dedicated public servant. In 2012, he was elected to represent the San Gabriel Valley Foothill communities in the California State Assembly.
Chris dedicated his service to pursuing progressive solutions that work for Los Angeles County, helping millions access economic and educational opportunities.
Elected to the Pasadena City Council at age 28, Chris was the 2nd African American to serve as Mayor in city history. Under his leadership, Pasadena created its first living wage ordinance to ensure that workers could earn decent pay for their hard work and contribute to the local economy. Chris also managed the deregulation of the city's public utility in a way that preserved local jobs while keeping rates lower than in the private marketplace. 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.