Dr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 in a special election to represent California’s 31st Assembly District. Assemblymember Arambula now serves the cities of Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Coalinga, Del Rey, Easton, Firebaugh, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Monmouth, Orange Cove, Parlier, Raisin City, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Tranquility and approximately 41% of the City of Fresno.
Since 2007, Dr. Arambula has served in a senior position with California Emergency Physicians (CEP) at Adventist Hospital in Selma, and was appointed Medical Director in early 2013. Under his leadership, the Selma Emergency Department has been recognized as one of the most efficient emergency departments in the state and won a number of awards. These include CEP’s Emergency Department of the Year in 2009, the CEP America Distinguished Site Award in 2012 and the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals in Emergency Care in 2014. He also serves as a mentor for the UCSF Fresno Doctor’s Academy, helping to encourage local students to enter the health care profession.
Dr. Arambula was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, where he attended Fresno public schools. Later he attended medical school with the intention of returning to his home community to practice medicine and make the Central Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family.
In the Assembly, he will focus on efforts to increase access to healthcare for low-income Californians, fight for increased water supplies for the Central Valley, and improve air quality. Dr. Arambula also will work to create jobs by improving the local economic climate.
The Assemblymember’s father, Juan Arambula, is a former school board member, Fresno County Supervisor and California Assembly member, who is the son of migrant farm workers who toiled in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. His mother, Amy, is a dedicated community advocate and attorney.
Dr. Arambula and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fresno with their three daughters.