September 27, 2023
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San Luis Obispo County assemblyman won’t run for reelection


Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, a Republican who represents San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County in Sacramento, announced Jan. 13 that he will not seek reelection in the fall.

Jordan Cunningham

Cunningham has represented the 35th District in the California Assembly since 2016. He won reelection in 2018 and 2020. Under California’s term limits law, he could serve up to two more two-year terms in the Assembly, or one four-year term in the Senate.

In a statement, Cunningham said he decided not to seek another term in the Assembly “after talking it over with my wife and kids.”

“It has been a great privilege to represent the Central Coast in Sacramento,” he said. “San Luis Obispo County has been my home for most of my life, and northern Santa Barbara County has been my adopted home. … While I suspect my time in politics is not done, I look forward to spending more time with my family, coaching youth sports, and growing our businesses.”

Cunningham is a former prosecutor who now practices law at his own firm, Cunningham Law Group in Paso Robles. His statement did not offer details on his decision to step down from the Assembly. It highlighted several accomplishments during his time on the job, including solidifying California’s commitment to building offshore wind on the Central Coast, helping constituents get unemployment benefits early in the pandemic, mitigating the economic impact of the upcoming Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant closure and “ensuring that small businesses have a voice in the regulatory process.”